Journey to the Cross: Day 5: Maundy Thursday

Maundy Thursday, the day we celebrate the last supper.  It is also day 5 of Holy Week where not only the last supper took place, but the night Jesus was betrayed and arrested. There is so much material to cover here.  I cannot adequately cover such a monumental day.  I have included some links so that you may examine many aspects of this day on your own.

Here are two of my previous posts that thoroughly cover this

Holy Week: Day 5: Maundy Thursday (Part One)

Holy Week Day 5: Maundy Thursday (Part Two)

One of the many questions about this day is whether or not this is the actual Passover Feast?  Honestly, I can debate both sides.  What I do know for sure is that this feast at the very least is a celebration of the Passover meal for Jesus’ and His disciples.  I have listed some links below on this topic if you are interested.

http://www.herealittletherealittle.net/index.cfm?page_name=Last-Supper-Passover-Meal

https://biblicalhorizons.wordpress.com/2011/03/22/was-the-last-supper-a-passover/

http://www.agapebiblestudy.com/documents/Jesus%20Last%20Week%20in%20Jerusalem.htm

http://www.livingtheway.org/trecek.html

Also, here is another short video I found helpful (and for those who prefer videos) to reading (Molly Jane):

As I have written a lot about the last supper in previous posts, I wanted to reflect on a different aspect of Day 5 this year.  But, once again, I found a great video that gives us a vivid picture of early evening of Thursday, day 5.

Alright, now that we are done with the videos let’s get to some text.

I have a few friends right now going through some deep waters.  Much prayer is needed. The never-ceasing kind of prayers.  What struck me in today’s reading in all of John 13-18 is Jesus’ prayer in Gethsemane:

John 17

How does Jesus pray?

First, he asks that He be glorified so “Father, the hour has come. Glorify Your Son, that Your Son also may glorify You, God, the father, would be glorified.

John 17:1- “…Father, the hour has come. Glorify Your Son, that Your Son also may glorify You..”

Next, he acknowledges His authority.

John 17:2: as You have given Him authority over all flesh…..

Then, he prays for others….

John 17:2-3- “…that He should[a] give eternal life to as many as You have given Him. And this is eternal life, that they may know You, the only true God, and Jesus Christ whom You have sent.

Jesus also prays for His Disciples in John 17:6-19.

Powerful stuff here.  What stands out to me here is that Jesus prays that His disciples will be kept from the world’s evil through the Father’s name.  He prays for His disciples to be sanctified, set apart, for the ministry of truth.

Do your prayers reflect any of this?  Yes, we need to take our needs, wants, desire to God.

We must be careful not to forget the importance of lining these things up to the Will of God, the glory of God, and the sanctification of the saints.  

Luke 22: 39-45:

39 Coming out, He went to the Mount of Olives, as He was accustomed, and His disciples also followed Him. 40 When He came to the place, He said to them, “Pray that you may not enter into temptation.”

41 And He was withdrawn from them about a stone’s throw, and He knelt down and prayed, 42 saying, “Father, if it is Your will, take this cup away from Me; nevertheless not My will, but Yours, be done.” 43 Then an angel appeared to Him from heaven, strengthening Him. 44 And being in agony, He prayed more earnestly. Then His sweat became like great drops of blood falling down to the ground.[e]

45 When He rose up from prayer, and had come to His disciples, He found them sleeping from sorrow. 46 Then He said to them, “Why do you sleep? Rise and pray, lest you enter into temptation.”

We need to take prayer seriously.  I struggle with prayer.  I talk to God throughout my day, but I still struggle to set a part of my day to get on my hands and knees and seek the throne of God.  Jesus’ took this prayer so seriously he sweat blood.  And, I cannot forget, the magnitude of “Nevertheless, not My will, but Yours be done.”    This simple request speaks volumes on its own.

Wait…oh wait…Jesus found His disciples sleeping?  Didn’t He specifically request them to pray?  Why did He ask them to pray?  So, they would not enter into temptation!

Are you sleeping?  Are you holding out on yourself, your loved ones, and the kingdom?

Back in John 17: 20-26, Jesus prays for all believers.  Yes, even in the time when Jesus was about to face the hardest mission God has ever asked of someone, Jesus’ heart and mind were on others.

I am thankful this Holy Week for God showing me and reminding me the importance of seeking the throne of God with our gut-wrenching, soul-sobbing prayers.  I am thankful for the reminder to pray that God be glorified, His Will be done, even if the outcome is not what we desire.

Be Blessed and Be a Blessing,

Missy

 

 

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