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
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.
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.
Christ will before that night is over see
all His closest friends
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.
will be put through an illegal trial,
and then executed between two criminals.
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,
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.