March 29th, 2018 — IGNITE

It’s Thursday of Holy Week. This is literally the day that never ends for Jesus. What Jesus and the disciples did during the day is not recorded, but come late afternoon – evening everything starts to rock and roll.

Let me see if I can give you a play by play to catch you up till the evening meal…

  1. Jesus sent some of the disciples ahead of all the rest to find the place they would celebrate the Passover meal (Matthew 26:17-20, Mark 14:12-17, Luke 22:7-14).

  2. It’s at this passover meal the disciples have a squabble with each other as to “who is the greatest” amongst them? (John 22:24-30)

  3. Jesus then gets down in front of them and washes their feet – all of them – Peter who at first refused and even Judas. (John 13:1-20)

  4. As they’re sitting around the table, all four of the Gospels tell us Jesus informed them, one of them was going to betray Him. They all question Him as to who it would be? Can you actually imagine eating a meal knowing someone around the table was going to turn you in? (Matthew 26:21-25, Mark 14:18-21, Luke 22:21-23, John 13:21-30)

  5. Then Jesus takes the bread and the cup and institutes His Last Supper – including the denier – Peter, and the betrayer – Judas. (Matthew 26:26-29, Mark 14:22-25, Luke 22:15-20)

  6. Then Judas leaves to go do His dirty work (John 13:32)

  7. Jesus gives to the disciples a new commandment about loving each other. Once again, can you imagine talking about loving each other when you know hate personified just left the room and is waiting outside for you? (John 13:31-35)

  8. All four gospels record Jesus predicting Peter would deny Jesus – much to his disapproval of such an atrocity (Matthew 26:31-35, Mark 14:27-31; Luke 22:31-38, John 13:36-38)

  9. Then they sang a hymn and left the upper room for the Mount of Olives. (Matthew 26:30, Mark 14:26)

  10. It’s here in Gethsemane that we find Jesus praying (Matthew 26:36-46, Mark 14:26-42, Luke 22:39-46)

  11. Judas comes with the soldiers and Jesus is betrayed, arrested and forsaken (Matthew 26:47-56, Mark 14:43-52, Luke 22:47-53, John 18:2-12)

Just another day in the life of Jesus right? Wrong! This day was only going to get worse. This day was going to lead right into the next day and continue its downward spiral. When we read this we generally lose all sense of time and think it all happened very quickly. But time is distributed exactly the same then as it is now. This took hours to enfold. Makes you feel a little uneasy when you think of it that way, right?

Here’s my word of encouragement for you today: I know you’re probably busy. You have a lot on your plate… things to do… people to meet… places to go. But sometime today, stop and contemplate Jesus having you on His mind while He endured all this. He did this for you. He did this for me. Thank God for His great provision.

Help me keep walking with Jesus today. Now’s not the time to stop. It’s in His name I ask this, Amen

Rev. MM Marxhausen