April 18, 2019

HOLY WEEK

DAY 5: Passover - Last Super on Maundy Thursday

Day 5, Thursday, of Holy Week begins with Jesus sending His disciples to Jerusalem from Bethany to prepare the upper room for the Passover meal. The Gospel of Mark indicates only two disciples were sent. The Gospel of Luke indicates that only Peter and John were sent.

It is after sundown, a lot goes into preparing the Passover Feast to comply with the instructions God set forth as the Israelites left Egypt. It was a tiring day. For Jesus, the passover lamb to the world, His day had just begun. During the Last Supper, Jesus established the Lord’s Supper, or Communion.

26 While they were eating, Jesus took bread, and when he had given thanks, he broke it and gave it to his disciples, saying, “Take and eat; this is my body.” 27 Then he took a cup, and when he had given thanks, he gave it to them, saying, “Drink from it, all of you. 28 This is my blood of the covenant, which is poured out for many for the forgiveness of sins. 29 I tell you, I will not drink from this fruit of the vine from now on until that day when I drink it new with you in my Father’s kingdom.”  (Matthew 26:26-29)

Jesus predicts Judas will betray him. (Matthew 26:20-25)

On that evening, that Thursday evening, the 5th day of Holy Week, Jesus washed the feet of His disciples after taking the meal. This was to demonstrate to them that they were servants and not to be served. Jesus demonstrated, through washing the disciples feet, a selfless act of love. The disciples were to give selfless love to the church. (John 13:1-17)

 Jesus and His disciples leave the upper room to go to the Mount of Olives for Jesus to pray (Matthew 26:30)

Jesus predicts Peter will deny Jesus three times before morning. (Matthew 26:31-35)

Jesus and His disciples walk to the Garden of Gethsemane… (Matthew 26:36)

To be continued…

 

  

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