It’s Thursday—day#4—on day 5—there is nothing specific in the scriptures—it’s possible after the long day of teaching Jesus retired for some rest with friends back in Bethany. However is possible that this is also a time where the priest and elders who met at Caiaphas house, took time to discuss for a solution to get rid of Jesus. Where they would decided to plot & plan the to killing of Jesus as Matt. 26:1 says. It was 2 days before Passover, where they agreed not to capture Jesus on Thursday. This is also could have been a Wednesday where Judas met in secret to bring Jesus to them, as Matt. 26:14 said after his deal, he began looking for a good time to do this indicating the meeting happened before the Passover. Going forward there is so much info to pass on in just 4 days—some of this will be done in a timeline form.
THE SUPPER—a new institution: Jesus says: I have been very eager to eat this Passover meal with you before my suffering begins. For I tell you now that I won’t eat this meal again until its meaning is fulfilled in the Kingdom of God. Then he took a cup of wine and gave thanks to God for it. Then he said, “Take this and share it among yourselves. For I will not drink wine again until the Kingdom of God has come. He took some bread and gave thanks to God for it. Then he broke it in pieces and gave it to the disciples, saying, This is my body, which is given for you. Do this to remember me. Luke 22:15-19
What Jesus means by the Kingdom of God to come is the marriage supper of the Lamb (Revelation 19:9). This is where we will enjoy it anew with our heavenly Father. Again—Jesus instills this new institution with more than one layer. Jesus is having O.T. Passover, and transforming it into an everlasting remembrance of His Body-busted and broken, and His blood-shed and poured out for everyone that has every-been-created from Adam to the rapture…from the tribulation saints to the 1000 years reign Christians. In taking part this week in what we call communion—we should count the cost and embrace the Cross of the Chief Cornerstone of our foundation—Jesus.—
As the meal is getting underway—Jesus tells everyone that one of them at that very table will betray Him…(matt. 26:20-25). Jesus also assured them that even though it’s better if this man not be born, compared to his fate, he reminds his disciples that his death must be done. Of course in vs. 25 Judas speaks up, ask if he is the one. Jesus tells him in front of them all-YES. Judas would come the “son of perdition”(john 17:12 kjv)—side note: the son of perdition means condemnation to hell. The only other time in the bible that this title was given was to satan, and his demons. This title will not belong to anyone again until the mark of the beast in Revelation 13.
Then we read in matthew 26 that after the supper, that sang a hymn, and then went to the Mt. Olives to the Garden of Gethsemane. On the way (vs 31) Jesus is fulfilling more prophecy by telling them once he is arrested they will scatter, and abandon him (Zech 13:7). Peter then call Jesus a liar when Jesus tells Peter that he will betray Jesus not one but three times (vs 33-34). The others agreed with Peter in saying none of them would deny Jesus.
Gethsemane—in an olive grove, no doubt secluded and quiet (matt. 26:36-44). Jesus tells them to stay here while he goes off to pray. Jesus is feeling everything in human form of the sin of the world that we can’t possibly imagine. In fact (vs. 38) he tells peter, james, and john that the weight of the grief is about to crush Him to death. At this point God has taken his shield of protection from Jesus. Satan is doing all he can to finish off Jesus…to make Him give up…instead (vs.39) Jesus tells his Father, he will obey, and carry out God’s will. Meanwhile the disciples are sacked out. Jesus wakes them, and ask them to keep watch and pray, to stop any temptation. This is how we know the devil is at work in the area. 1 peter 5:8 wasn’t written yet, but sure would work here now. If you ever want to be the ultimate prayer warrior, this is the example to follow. Even in Jesus worse hour to come, he is still teaching us life lessons.
Jesus came back again to the disciples after praying to God, and committing to his will. Jesus wakes the disciples again, tells them that Judas and his crew are coming to arrest him (vs. 46). So Judas gives the signal to the temple guards who to arrest, and when gives Jesus the kiss of betrayal, Jesus looks at Judas and still calls him friend (vs. 50). Peter in haste and anger pulls his sword, cuts the ear off of the temple guard. Even though they are arresting Jesus without cause, he still shows love towards them, and heals the guards here….Jesus….always with the life lessons….i’m so thankful for that.
To close Thursday out…. They take Jesus to Caiaphas’ house—where they falsely accuse him, spit on him, hit him…and Peter is outside in the courtyard, denying he knows Jesus, and did it 3 different times. The evil inquisition goes on through the night until early Friday morning…. We will of course, Lord willing pick up where we left off tomorrow morning.
For the saints and for the Lamb.
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