This week we will be entering what is probably considered the most important week of the Christian calendar – Holy Week. We are instructed when we take communion to do it in remembrance of Jesus and what He did for us. Since communion was originated during this week, let’s take a moment to do just that, remember…….
We remember the celebration of Jesus’ triumphal entry into Jerusalem where He would complete the plan of salvation that God had lovingly designed for us before the foundation of the earth. Jesus and His disciples broke bread together one last time at what we now call the Last Supper, where it is discovered that one of His own would betray Him. Judas left to set the plan in motion as the rest departed for the Mount of Olives where Jesus would inform them they would all desert Him before the night was over. And of course, we remember Peter’s adamant declaration that he would die before ever deserting Jesus. Jesus goes on to the Garden of Gethsemane with Peter, James and John where they could not even stay awake to pray with Him. Thoughts of His approaching suffering were so distressing that Jesus’ sweat fell to the ground like drops of blood and an angel arrived to give Him strength as He prayed to the Father “Your will be done, not Mine”. Then we remember the famous kiss of betrayal and Jesus was arrested and taken away. It wasn’t long before Jesus’ words came true and, after Peter’s third denial, the rooster crowed. Then the torture and the lies began. The guards blindfolded Jesus, then began to spit on Him, beat Him with their fists, slap Him, rip out His beard and mock Him. After the religious leaders lied in their attempt to get rid of Jesus once and for all, both Pilate and Herod found Jesus innocent. So the religious leaders enticed the crowd to shout “Crucify Him!” So the decision was made as Jesus was to become the final sacrifice, the spotless Lamb of God. Jesus was taken to be flogged with a lead-tipped whip laying His back wide open. They then smashed a mock crown made of thorns onto His head and placed a stick in His hand as His sceptor and taunted Him with “Hail! King of the Jews!” Then, once again, they spit on Him and took His mock scepter and beat Him on the head with it. His back upon which He bore the lashes was also the back upon which He would bear the cross to the place where He would be crucified. Nails were hammered through His hands and feet and they raised Him up. The mocking and jeering continued as they hung a sign above His head that read “The King of the Jews”. Then… astonishingly, after all the ridicule, the lies, and the torture, they heard the reason Jesus bore it all as He uttered these words…
♥♥♥♥“Father forgive them for they know not what they do!” ♥♥♥♥
John 15:13 (NLT) – 13 There is no greater love than to lay down
one’s life for one’s friends.
Next week we will remember all that was done for us through the resurrection!