The Advent of Easter, Aspect XX by Pamela Christian—Copyright © 2019
This post represents Nissan 12th and 13/14 in the final days of the life of Jesus. Numerous researchers, which includes myself, agree in the week of Jesus’ life Nissan 13/14 was our Tuesday/Wednesday. Try to remember, the Jewish days start at sunset and conclude at sunset the subsequent day. (See: http://www.eaec.org/newsletters/2012/vol-15-three/the-passover-week.htm)
Sometime in the daylight hours prior to sunset on Nissan 12th, (our Tuesday) although Jesus was at the residence of Simon the leper, a lady came with an alabaster flask of ointment of pure nard, which is extremely pricey. She poured it more than Jesus’ head. When some who had been present objected strongly, Jesus defended the lady and stated, “She has completed what she could she has anointed by physique beforehand for burial.” (Matthew 16: six-13) Most absolutely these inside hearing did not understand Jesus’ burial would extremely shortly take place.
This identical afternoon, Judas Iscariot, who was one particular of Jesus’ twelve disciples, sought the chief priests of the religious leaders prepared to participate in their plot to kill Jesus. Judas agreed to betray Jesus for a sum of dollars.
This is the identical day Jesus’s disciples asked Him exactly where they would celebrate the Passover. Jesus instructed them exactly where to go and what to do for the intimate meal He planned for all of them collectively.
On Nissan 13th, prior to the Feast of Passover, when Jesus knew His hour had come to depart from this planet, He laid aside His garments, and taking a towel, tied it about His waist. I visualize Jesus greeting the disciples as they arrived at the location exactly where they would share the Passover meal.
Jesus poured water into a basin and started to wash the disciples’ feet. Picture how the disciples have to have felt. Jesus had been their Teacher. Washing people’s feet was a activity reserved for non-Jewish slaves. In a culture exactly where men and women walked lengthy-distances on dusty roads in sandals, it was customary for the host to arrange for water and a slave to be readily available for foot washing.
Jesus was Jewish, but he took on the activity that was reserved for non-Jewish slaves. I see this as a foreshadow of the all-inclusive invitation for “whom so ever wills” to develop into a disciple of Christ, regardless of their heritage. Right here Jesus offers but a different instance for us to stick to, that we could serve one particular a different in humility. Jesus washing the feet of His disciples is a final proof of His enjoy for them. In the days of Jesus.
The evening of this day, the calendar alterations to the 14th of Nissan, the day the Passover Meal is to be eaten. Jesus and His disciples followed the custom for celebrating Passover, but only Jesus knew this would be His Final Supper.
Realizing the significance of what was about to take location, Jesus declared, “I have eagerly preferred to consume this Passover with you prior to I suffer” (Luke 22:15). It was at this Seder that Passover at final obtained its genuine which means and deepest significance. Passover was the memorial of the physical, historical redemption of God’s men and women from slavery, but only a shadow of the ultimate redemption about to take location. Jesus was about to develop into the ultimate sacrifice, to die after for all (Hebrews 9:26).
Events following Jesus’ Final Supper, His sudden arrest, unjust trials and sentence of crucifixion will be the subject of the subsequent post.
For April 13-14, 2019 study and meditate on the following Scriptures:
Matthew 26-27:31, Mark 14:1-15:15, Luke 22:1-23:25, John 13:1-38.
Study John 14–18, noting these had been Jesus’ final guidelines offered in all earnest in the course of his final hours with His disciples, prior to His crucifixion.
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