Thursday of Passion Week
This will be a full day for Jesus…much will be accomplished.
Mark 14:1-2 begins the final stage of Jesus’ life before He was killed. In dramatic fashion Mark sets the stage for what is coming. In two short verses he mentions the Passover and then he mentions the religionists plot to kill Jesus.
In the midst of the Passover meal, there is strife among the disciples. Jesus shows them His true heart.Â The disciples had been arguing over who would hold the leading positions in the government Jesus was about to set up.Â The discussion was heated.Â They were caught up in the ambition for position, power, and authority.Â How the heart of Jesus must have been grieved.Â He had so little time left for them to learn that the way to glory is through service and not through position or authority.Â How could He get the message across forcibly enough so that they would never forget the truth? It was this that led Jesus to get a towel and a bowl of water and wash the feet of the disciples.Â What a picture of service!
In the next few hours, Jesus transformed the Passover into the Lord’s Supper, identified the traitor, gives His parting words, gives the great discourse of John 15 on the True Vine, promises the Holy Spirit to return after He is gone…then He goes to pray that magnificent prayer in John 17.Â And then there is the agony of the garden.Â Jesus bore the weight of His own cup of suffering.Â He said, “Let this cup pass from me:Â nevertheless…”Â The first act, the first impulse and struggle of His will had come from His flesh; to escape the cup of separation from God.Â But immediately, the second act, the second impulse and struggle of His will, came from His Godly nature: not to do as He willed, but as God the Father willed.
Jesus’ surrender to do God the Father’s will in the Garden of Gethsemane was critical.Â It was in this decision that He was made perfect and was able to stand before God as the Ideal, Perfect Man.Â His righteousness was able to stand for every man.Â He was able to bear the cup of God’ wrath against sin.
And then just as suddenly…the betrayal took place…Jesus is arrested…Peter tries to defend and tries to kill one of the guards but misses with sword and cuts the man’s ear off…Jesus being Himself in compassion picks up the ear and puts it back on…healing him.
It has started.Â There is no turning back. Friday is coming.Â The worst day of agonyÂ in the history of the world.Â The best of heaven meets the worst of earth…
Think on these things.
Billy and Sheilah Dawsby