I have often wondered what it must have been like for Jesus knowing it was His final week on Earth. The thought really struck me as interesting, the Spirit of Prophecy tells us how important it is to dwell on the final moments of Jesus’s life.
Desire of Ages page 83 – It would be well for us to spend a thoughtful hour each day in contemplation of the life of Christ. We should take it point by point, and let the imagination grasp each scene, especially the closing ones. As we thus dwell upon His great sacrifice for us, our confidence in Him will be more constant, our love will be quickened, and we shall be more deeply imbued with His spirit. If we would be saved at last, we must learn the lesson of penitence and humiliation at the foot of the cross.
During that last week the Jesus tried to warn the disciples of what was going to happen, but at that time they didn’t understand what Jesus was saying. After all Jesus had just ridden on the donkey and the people were praising Him and it seemed as if nothing could go wrong. You see the disciples thought that Jesus was going to overthrow the Roman Empire and set up His kingdom, what they didn’t realize was that Jesus had a much more important mission that He was accomplishing, the salvation of every soul before and every soul to come.
After Jesus was done with the parade He was on a hill overlooking Jerusalem and He wept over it, because the Jewish people would not believe in Him. Jesus knew that they were no longer His chosen people, it was a very sad moment indeed. I imagine that Jesus still weeps over all of His children that do not listen to His calling. When I think about that fact and what He went through just so that I could be saved, it makes me well up, especially when I lose my way.
That was only the beginning of the week, the happy times, the hard part was still ahead. During that week was the Passover, the holiday the Jews celebrated for the deliverance that they received when the Angel of Death passed by in the land of Egypt. The Lord told them to do it to remember that but also it was a sign of what was to come that one day Jesus would come down to this earth and sacrifice Himself and all who choose to follow Him would be saved. Jesus was the Passover Lamb, and I would encourage you all to read the story of the Passover in Exodus.
I also highly encourage you all to read a book called, The Cross and It’s Shadow by Stephen Haskell, that book explains the sanctuary message, and what everything meant, not only for when Jesus came down here but also what it means for us in this day and age. Once Jesus was sacrificed it completed the fulfillment of the Passover lamb and therefore doing the feast of Passover was no longer necessary. For if we still did the Passover in this day and age it would mean that we do not believe that Jesus fulfilled His promise to become the Lamb and take away the sins of the world.
Anyway back to what was happening back then… Jesus was with His disciples in the Upper Room, they had found the Upper Room to celebrate the Passover. Back then it was customary to have hired a servant to wash everyone’s feet before they began the meal. They walked everywhere back then and the feet got dirty as you can imagine. Somehow the disciples forgot to hire someone to do it, in all honesty I believe the Lord allowed them to forget, maybe even put it out of their minds on purpose so that He could teach them a lesson.
When it was discovered that they had not hired anyone, Jesus took it upon Himself to wash His disciples feet, and by doing that it taught them not only humility but also that they should be willing to do that for other people as well. Jesus wanted them to learn how to serve, even if it meant doing something you may not like.
I won’t go into every detail that happened in the Upper Room as we have more to cover, but you can read about it in the New Testament in the Gospels.
After they had partaken of Passover Jesus and His disciple made it to the garden of Gethsemane, and He asked them to pray for Him. Oh if only they had known that this would be His final night, then I think they would have been wanting to spend it with Him and not so quick to fall asleep. But, alas, they all fell asleep. Jesus determined to stay strong and to die, so that I, yes even I, might be saved!
Then the soldiers came in and stripped, beat, and spit upon Him. Mocking Him as if He were a common man. They pushed the crown of thorns deep into His head, but He opened not His mouth. During all those hours of pain He suffered for you and me. Then they hung Him on a crude cross and nailed His hands and feet. As I am sure you can imagine that was excruciating pain. 😦
The sky went dark, and all of heaven couldn’t even watch what was happening to the Savior. He didn’t give up or give in, even with the crowd mocking Him and telling Him to come down to prove that He was the Son of God, and Jesus could have easily done that but He didn’t because He knew what was at stake, and that was every living soul! Then He said, “It is Finished,” and took His last breath.
I am so thankful that this story didn’t just stop there. We know that He rose again and is now interceding for you and me! I can only imagine what it must have been like at the resurrection, when the stone was rolled away and Jesus came forth! I get goosebumps just thinking about it, and to be honest I can’t wait to see it for myself in Heaven.
A lot of us will suffer horrible fates as well during the End times. I’ll not sugar coat it and say that we won’t, but we must not forget that even through the darkest trials God is right there by our side. God never left Jesus’ side, in fact He came down and stood right by His Son’s cross, with thousand upon thousand’s of angels. When we think that God has left us to die on our own, He is simply carrying us through the most difficult storm!
We must also remember that Jesus went through it as well, and that no matter what we go through down here, when we make it to heaven it will all be worth it. All the pain and sacrifices we made will seem like nothing, remember God will wipe away every tear from our eyes.
Jesus was willing to go through all of that to be saved, so now it is our turn, aren’t we willing to give up everything because we love Him? If the answer is yes, then what are waiting for, time is short after all?! I want to trust God no matter what, don’t you? Please pray for me as I pray for all of you.