Thursday (The Passion Starts) – A Worshiper’s Journal

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Now the Festival of
Unleavened Bread arrived, when the Passover lamb is sacrificed.
 (Luke 22:7, NLT)

Luke’s account of the
Passion of Jesus starts by pointing out that the Festival of Unleavened Bread –
the Passover – had arrived. It was the time when the Passover lamb would be
sacrificed. And, it marked the starting of the suffering of Jesus, our
Passover lamb, who would quickly be sacrificed for our sins.

As the day started,
Jesus sent two of the disciples, Peter and John, to make the preparations for
the Passover meal. Jesus knew what that evening and the days that followed
would bring and His wish was to share the Passover meal with His disciples
prior to His suffering started. When the time came for the meal, Jesus and the
disciples gathered in an upper area, exactly where they sat about the table to commence
their meal (Luke 22:7-16). What occurred subsequent was to turn out to be a single of the
fantastic ordinances of the Christian church – the Lord’s Supper, or Communion.

Jesus took the bread
and wine, gave thanks for them, and gave them to His disciples. As He did, He
told them that the bread was His physique, the physique that He was providing for them,
the physique that would bear the scars that rightfully belonged to us, the physique
that would bear the punishment for our sins. As He passed the cup of wine, He
told them that it represented a new covenant among God and His men and women, a
covenant that would be purchased with Jesus’ personal blood. As He shared this bread
and wine, representing His physique and His blood, He gave the disciples
guidelines that had been not just for them, but for all believers who would be
added to the physique of Christ. Jesus stated, “Do this in remembrance of me.” And
so, to this day we recall the sacrifice that Jesus created for us as we share in
communion (Luke 22:17-20).

It was soon after Jesus shared
this wonderful meal with His disciples that His suffering, His Passion, genuinely
started. That evening, Jesus would be betrayed by a single of His personal disciples (Luke
22:47-48). One more disciple would deny even being aware of Him, not once but
3 occasions (Luke 22:54-62). In the Garden of Gethsemane, He would
pray with such anguish more than what was to come that He would sweat blood
(Luke 22:41-44). He would be arrested, then attempted by the religious
leaders, the council, at the dwelling of the higher priest Caiaphas. All through that
evening, Jesus would be beaten and humiliated (Matthew 26:57-68).

While Scripture does not mention it, following His trial prior to the council, it is most likely that Jesus was thrown into the dungeon beneath the dwelling of Caiaphas, a dark, cold pit, to wait till He was brought prior to the Roman governor, Pilate. On our February 2018 trip to Israel, we had the chance to take a look at the web page of the property of Caiaphas and go down into this dungeon. Getting in that spot, a single could envision the suffering and discomfort that Jesus have to have felt as he sat there, alone.

What would come about the
subsequent day would be a lot worse, a suffering and death that no a single must ever
have to endure, but a single which Jesus endured so that we would be set absolutely free from
the bondage of sin and death, so that a single day we may well have eternal life in the
presence of God.

Scripture quotations
marked NLT are taken from the Holy Bible, New Living Translation, copyright ©
1996, 2004, 2015 by Tyndale Home Foundation. Made use of by permission of Tyndale
Home Publishers, Inc., Carol Stream, Illinois 60188. All rights reserved.

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