As we reach Thursday, we see the end of the beginning. That is not an error in typing. The final days of Holy Week are the end of one chapter of the life of Jesus, his life to this point was just the beginning, despite knowing what happens on Friday, we see this part of His story end.
The resurrection, the appearances, the ascension, and the coming of the Holy Spirit, is the start of a new adventure for the Disciples…and us.
But today, we see Jesus preparing both himself and his disciples for his death. Pauls letter to the church at Philippi, described Jesus as taking on “the very nature of a servant” (Philippians 2:7). At the Passover supper, Jesus washed the feet of the Disciples, before in the meal that followed, to which Jesus gave a new meaning. The bread and wine represent his body and blood.
After the meal Jesus, went with Peter, James and John to the Garden of Gethsemane, They were instructed to keep watch, but they slept.
Away from this scene, Judas was gathering the troops to go and arrest Jesus. He identified Jesus with a traitors kiss.
Jesus was taken away and overnight, Thursday into Friday Jesus was subjected to 6 trials, 3 Jewish, 3 Roman.
The Disciples fled in an attempt to save themselves, and they went into hiding. Peter on the other hand was nearby, as Jesus was taken from trial to trial, and when questioned, denied 3 times that he knew him.
Today for us how do we see these events, are we with the Disciples or the crowd who began seeking blood. Take time to reflect on our position, would we change our stance in the light of the obvious evidence of Jesus identity. For those who like history, something to ponder. There is more evidence for the life, death and resurrection of Jesus, than there is for the existence of Julius Caesar.
We look to Friday, to crucifixion…… But Sundays coming.
Pastor Sean Worsley, The Methodist Church Norwich Circuit