28 March 2013

Maundy Thursday + Good Friday Reflections

Now before the feast of the passover,
when Jesus knew that His hour was come that He should depart out of this world unto the Father, having loved His own which were in the world,
He loved them unto the end.
John 13:1 KJV
Jesus didn't just talk about love,
He put love 
into action.
 
Imagine this...
in the next few hours Jesus will see three of His disciples fall asleep instead of keeping vigil
with Him in the Garden of Gethsemane.
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Jesus will then be betrayed by the kiss of one who had
walked with Him for 3 1/2 years,
heard Him teach,
 shared His food,
seen Him heal the sick and even raise the dead.
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Christ will before that night is over see
all His closest friends
desert Him,
and later
He'll hear one of them--
the one who confessed that He knew Jesus was the long awaited Messiah--
deny Him not once but several times.
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Finally,
Jesus Christ 
 will be put through an illegal trial,
 scourged,
beaten,
publicly humiliated
and then executed between two criminals.
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And so what did Jesus do in those last few hours before He walked the Via Dolorosa...
the Way of Suffering?
Well the only begotten Son of God,
was about His Father's business.
 
We find Him eating with those who will soon desert Him;
we see Him humbly washing their feet--
(even the one He knew would betray Him). 
 
We hear Him praying for them
(and for those coming after who would also believe)
and we see Him continuing teaching;
 comforting and preparing them for the hard times ahead--
 
 Now that, is love...
true, agape, pure, perfect, sacrificial,
I Corinthians 13 love,
and that is the type of love we are to have one for another if we are His followers...
that is the type of love I am supposed to have.
 
A new commandment I give unto you,
That ye love one another; as I have loved you...
John 13:34 KJV
 
Blessings from me to you on this Maundy Thursday evening,
Aimee
 
Links/Notes:
The story of Christ's last passover on earth--
the Last Supper is told in the following chapters:
Matthew 26, Mark 14, Luke 22, John 13-17 and also in I Corinthians 11:23-25.
 
Maundy Thursday:
 
 

8 comments:

by Teresa said...

Blessings to you and yours, Aimee. Hugs, Teresa

aimee said...

Blessings and hugs right back at you Teresa :)
Aimee

Grayseasailor said...

It is amazing to realize how Jesus demonstrated His Love, the Father's Love for each of us...washing the feet of those around Him who betrayed Him...then humiliation and a painful death...to give us the opportunity for life forever with Him.

Blessing indeed, Aimee.
Gracie

Betsy said...

We talked last night at Bible Study of how the sacrifice of Jesus' blood did away with the sacrifices that the old testament required. And those sacrifices in the O.T. only pushed the sins back for a period of time, they didn't abolish them like Christ's blood did. So amazing-all that He did for us. I don't think most of us truly appreciate Him or the absolute love he showed to us.
Thank you for your thought provoking post.
Blessings,
Betsy

aimee said...

Gracie~
Yes, it is absolutely amazing!
Blessings this evening,
Aimee

aimee said...

Betsy,
Agreed! We have a very great God!
Blessings this Saturday,
Aimee

anneberit said...

Love how you said it: "Jesus didn't just talk about love, He put love into action". So true! And sometimes so hard to do.

Thanks for the inspiration Aimee. :D
Blessings.

aimee said...

AnneBerit,
Thank you! I am not sure if I have heard something like that before, but it definitely came to mind as I was writing...
I agree, sometimes very difficult to do this---to always act in love with humility. I know my fears, pride and other things get in the way of my doing so at all times:(
Blessings to you, MT + all your family!
Aimee
PS: Thank YOU again for being part of my inspiration this Lent/Easter season.

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