When evening came, Jesus was reclining at the table with the Twelve. And while they were eating, he said, “Truly I tell you, one of you will betray me.” They were very sad and began to say to him one after the other, “Surely you don’t mean me, Lord?” Jesus replied, “The one who has dipped his hand into the bowl with me will betray me. The Son of Man will go just as it is written about him. But woe to that man who betrays the Son of Man! It would be better for him if he had not been born.” Then Judas, the one who would betray him, said, “Surely you don’t mean me, Rabbi?” Jesus answered, “You have said so.”
While they were eating, Jesus took bread, and when he had given thanks, he broke it and gave it to his disciples, saying, “Take and eat; this is my body.” Then he took a cup, and when he had given thanks, he gave it to them, saying, “Drink from it, all of you. This is my blood of the covenant, which is poured out for many for the forgiveness of sins. I tell you, I will not drink from this fruit of the vine from now on until that day when I drink it new with you in my Father’s kingdom.”
When they had sung a hymn, they went out to the Mount of Olives. (Matthew 26:20-30)
On Monday we saw Jesus showing up with compassion. Yesterday we saw Him showing up in anger. Love was the motivation in both instances and the Disciplines were evident. We continue to focus on Jesus during Passion Week and today we see Him showing up in intimacy. We are focussing on how Jesus shows up in these Passion Week events for at least two reasons: 1) So that we can meditate on a God who is relevant to our real circumstances; and 2) so that we can confirm that the Disciplines serve a practical role in seeing God as He really is and in applying all He has to offer. Especially as we consider Jesus during Passion Week, we should pay close attention to how relevant God is to us in our times of suffering. Whatever you are going through, the same Jesus of Passion Week loves you and has the power to work things out for your good and for God’s glory.
In almost any culture, meals are often used for times of intimacy. During his final days, Jesus invites His disciples to a special supper. Please prayerfully read the passage above and answer the questions below.
Today’s Questions for comments:
- What important messages did Jesus want to communicate to His disciples, and what Disciplines do you see manifested?
- How does this act of intimacy by Jesus provide you and others with comfort?