Saturday, October 29, 2011

A Morning Cup of Tea: The Passover

 Good morning! It's a beautiful, if somewhat chilly day here. Feels perfectly like a time to snuggle in and burrow under comfy blankets and read.

The time is near. Judas has conspired with the chief priests. He will hand over Jesus to them, and for this he will receive money. It is now a very busy day. In the evening the Passover begins, and the disciples know they need to find a place to celebrate the feast. Jesus tells two of his disciples to go into the city and look for a man carrying a pitcher of water. Follow him. (mark 14:13)
 14. And wheresoever he shall go in, say ye to the goodman of the house, The Master saith, Where is the guestchamber, where I shall eat the passover with my disciples?
15. And he will shew you a large upper room furnished and prepared; there make ready for us.
 They found the man, and made ready the room. That evening they gathered together. As they ate, Jesus announced that one of the twelve will betray him. All of the disciples were sorrowful, wanting to know which of them would do such a thing. 
 21. The Son of man indeed goeth, as it is written of him: but woe to that man by whom the Son of man is betrayed! good were it for that man if he had never been born.
 It seems harsh that Jesus would say such a thing. Jesus knew that one of the disciples would do this, and that it must be done in order for Jesus to become the sacrifice for us all. Judas wasn't forced to do it by any means, he did it on his own free will. Whether he knew that the chief priests planned to have him killed I don't know. We just know that he did it.  Jesus didn't hate him for what Judas was about to do. But he knew that others would.
 While they were eating, Jesus gave the disciples unleavened bread, and the fruit of the vine. These were symbols of Jesus' body and his blood, and thus began our memorial feast which we take on the first day of the week ( Acts 20:7) To find more about the Lord's Supper go here.  After the supper they sang a hymn and went out to the Mount of Olives.   

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