This week is a series on Holy Week, or Passion Week, the last week of Jesus’ earthly life. The timeline of that week isn’t completely certain, but it paints a general picture.
Thursday arrived, the first day of the Feast of Unleavened Bread. Jesus and His disciples celebrated Passover in the Upper Room, and they partook of the first Lord’s Supper. Afterwards, Judas left to go do his evil deed, and the remainder of the group went to the Mount of Olives. In the garden of Gethsemane, Jesus spent time agonizing in prayer, which is where we see today’s verse.
Jesus knew He was about to go through horrible suffering. He did it willingly, but not because He wanted to, as this verse lets us know. He asked God to spare Him from this, but only if it was God’s will. We should follow His example in our daily lives. There are things we want to do and things we don’t want to do. Instead of focusing on our own will, we should pursue God’s will. We may not agree or understand, but God’s ways are better than ours.
It was in this garden that Judas came with the chief priests and temple guards and elders. He proceeded to betray the Son of Man with a kiss. Jesus was arrested and taken to the home of Caiaphas, the high priest. The Sanhedrin, or the supreme council, had a preliminary trial and ended up charging Him with blasphemy for agreeing that He was the Son of God. They sentenced Jesus Christ, the Messiah, to death.
During this time, Peter was hanging around in the courtyards, after having discretely followed the procession to the high priest’s home. Jesus had predicted that Peter would deny Him 3 times before the rooster crowed. Peter claimed He would never deny Jesus. However, Peter was afraid, as were the other disciples who had scattered. When asked about being with Jesus, Peter said he did not know the Man. Immediately after the 3rd time this happened, a rooster crowed, and Peter realized what he had done.
Do you admit to knowing Jesus?
Take time this week to remember what Jesus went through during this Holy Week, over 2000 years ago, for OUR benefit!
Have a blessed & beautiful day!