And It Begins

Thursday in Jerusalem

Jesus celebrates the Last Supper with the disciples.  It is the Passover meal. However, He makes a few changes.  When He breaks the bread, He says, "this is my body which is broken for you."   This is an apparent reference to Isaiah 53 where it says that by His stripes we will be healed.

Then He shares one of the 4 cups that is used during the Passover meal. But here He says, "This cup is the new covenant in my blood."   Because of His sacrifice, we now can ask for and receive forgiveness our sins.

From here the disciples go to the Garden of Gethsemane.  Obviously, Judas is not with them.  Here Jesus asks for the disciples to pray for Him and for themselves.  This is the only time that we see Jesus asking the disciples to do something like this. He knows what is about to happen, and is asking for his friends to pray with Him.  Matt 26

Judas finally arrives with the Sanhedrin.  They brought with them the temple guard and Roman soldiers, 600 people in all.  He kisses Jesus on the cheek, and it begins.

The Trial before the High Priest Caiaphas was a sham.  (This happened either very late on Thursday or very early Friday morning).  Jesus says nothing through the trial until Caiaphas places Him under oath and asks Him if He claimed to be the Messiah.  Jesus qualifies His answer, because He knew they would misunderstand Him, but says yes.  With that, the events of Jesus' crucifixion are set into motion.

#1 - The Lord's Supper or Communion shows you how much Jesus loves you.  Up to the point of His arrest, He is still giving of Himself.

#2 - When times get tough, the tough pray.  What is Jesus found doing before His arrest?  Praying.

#3 - Someone is always going to oppose Jesus and His message.  Jesus said they will hate you because of me.  My 13:13.  But we also know that what others intend for evil, God turns into good for the sake of saving lives.

PRAY:  Dear Jesus, help me to face this world with the strength that You faced it with.  AMEN.

Easter Sunday is this Sunday at Faith family worship center. You, if you are in the area, I'm more than welcome to join us. It is going to be a beautiful day.

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