thursday: passover day
Thursday is dominated by the plans for and the actual celebration of the Passover. Jesus lived his whole life as a faithful Jew and his last day of freedom was no exception. He celebrated the meal with his disciples. While at the Passover Jesus shows that the Passover feast did not just commemorate an event long past in Israel (the Exodus) but also pointed to him. Jesus was the Passover Lamb. The man from Galilee was the one who would, “Take away the sins of the world.” (John 1:29b)
Further, Jesus instituted what Christians call The Lord’s Supper or Communion. This meal both looks back to our Savior’s sacrifice and looks forward to his next meal with all his followers at the great Marriage Supper of the Lamb (in Heaven). While Matthew, Mark and Luke reported events mostly around the meal itself, John gives us a glimpse into what Jesus talked about. John chapters 13-17 is the famed Upper Room Discourse.
When the meal and teaching were over, the Jesus led the 11 (Judas had already gone to betray Jesus) to a place he liked to pray, the Garden of Gethsemane. As the disciples sleep, Jesus faces the dark night of the soul alone. His friends that were overtaken by sleep would soon be overtaken by fear. But for now, Jesus prays to his father knowing that even heaven will close its ears to him soon.
A loud and unruly crowd approaches with Judas Iscariot in the lead. Judas, the betrayer, marks Jesus for arrest by greeting him with a kiss. Jesus is led away into the dark night.
- Matthew 26:17-56
- Mark 14:12-52
- Luke 22:7-30, 39-53
- John 13-17
- Risen (a music CD produced by Sovereign Grace Music with 13 songs that celebrate the reality and meaning of Christ's resurrection from the grave. Available to listen for FREE on Spotify.)
- Lamb of God (link to an acoustic version of a song that Jason Hansen co-wrote, published on the Sovereign Grace Music CD "Sooner Count the Stars")