Thursday (Passion Week)

If there every was a calm before the storm, this would certainly be it. In just a short time after a final and peaceful meal with his disciples Jesus would be betrayed and handed over to the chief priest to be crucified. 

We encounter Jesus spending his last full day alive with his disciples, teaching and loving them over a Passover meal prepared earlier by two of his disciples. There, Jesus demonstrates how we are to love another by washing his disciples feet.You call me ‘Teacher’ and ‘Lord,’ and rightly so, for that is what I am. Now that I, your Lord and Teacher, have washed your feet, you also should wash one another’s feet. I have set you an example that you should do as I have done for you.”‭John‬ ‭13:13-15‬ ‭NIV‬‬. Jesus also establishes a new covenant with man by the symbolic breaking of bread and drinking of wine. “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.” Then he took a cup, and when he had given thanks, he gave it to them, saying, “Drink from it, all of you. This is my blood of the covenant, which is poured out for many for the forgiveness of sins.”‭‭Matthew‬ ‭26:26-28‬ ‭NIV‬‬. 

It is also at this meal that Jesus reveals that one of his disciples will betray him. “And while they were eating, he said, “Truly I tell you, one of you will betray me.” They were very sad and began to say to him one after the other, “Surely you don’t mean me, Lord?” Jesus replied, “The one who has dipped his hand into the bowl with me will betray me.”Matthew‬ ‭26:21-23‬ ‭NIV. Judas, knowing he is the one who plans to betray Jesus, exits the meal and heads to the Sanhedrin. Once the meal was completed Jesus retired with his company to Gethsemane. There in a garden he prays in anguish over the events that are to come “Going a little farther, he fell with his face to the ground and prayed, “My Father, if it is possible, may this cup be taken from me. Yet not as I will, but as you will.””Matthew‬ ‭26:39. Judas arrives in the late hours of the night with a detachment of soldiers and some officials of the chief priest and betrays Jesus with a kiss. Signaling that he is the Rabbi they seek.Jesus is seized and arrested by the soldiers and taken to the chief priests, were he is unlawfully brought to trial and convicted of blasphemy, punishable by death.

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