On Thursday of the Passover Week we see how Jesus chose to spend the last few hours before being arrested.
In Luke 22:15 while sitting down for the Passover meal Jesus said, “With fervent desire I have desired to eat this Passover with you before I suffer”. The Passover was a national feast that commemorated the Jews deliverance from slavery in Egypt. He uses the bread and cup of the Passover meal to institute a new memorial – “do this in remembrance of me” – a memorial of His own death which is about to take place for mankind’s deliverance from the bondage of sin. In the same setting he also teaches the lesson of service and love by washing the disciples’ feet.
After the Passover meal Judas departs the room but Jesus continues teaching the 11 who remain about what is to come (John 13-17). Some of this teaching takes place on the way to the Garden of Gethsemane where Jesus prays that the cup might pass. After praying 3 times, Judas arrives and Jesus allows himself to be taken into custody.
When Jesus prayed “Father, if it is Your will, take this cup away from Me; nevertheless, not My will, but Yours, be done”, (Luke 22:42) what was He really asking His Heavenly Father?
What showed the intense pressure that He was under as He prayed? (Luke 22:44)
How would you summarize Jesus’ last hours before He was arrested?
It is difficult to be exact about the timing but we will say as that as this day comes to an end (using the Roman time – day ending at midnight), Jesus has been taken by Roman Soldiers to the Jewish High Priest to be tried in the middle of the night by the Jewish court. The Bible says all the disciples forsook Him and fled but that Peter followed at some distance behind.
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Wow! What a lot happened Jesus’ last day before His arrest. Again, I get the sense of urgency for Him to share with them His final warnings and encouragement. He teaches by His example how to serve others, how to pray, how to care about those you love. A life of service and sacrifice. And we are to remember with our memorial feast.