Passover And Gethsemane

Passover And Gethsemane

The Passover with the Disciples
12 And on the first day of Unleavened Bread, when they sacrificed the Passover lamb, his disciples said to him, “Where will you have us go and prepare for you to eat the Passover?” 13 And he sent two of his disciples and said to them, “Go into the city, and a man carrying a jar of water will meet you. Follow him, 14 and wherever he enters, say to the master of the house, ‘The Teacher says, Where is my guest room, where I may eat the Passover with my disciples?’ 15 And he will show you a large upper room furnished and ready; there prepare for us.” 16 And the disciples set out and went to the city and found it just as he had told them, and they prepared the Passover.
17 And when it was evening, he came with the twelve. 18 And as they were reclining at table and eating, Jesus said, “Truly, I say to you, one of you will betray me, one who is eating with me.” 19 They began to be sorrowful and to say to him one after another, “Is it I?” 20 He said to them, “It is one of the twelve, one who is dipping bread into the dish with me. 21 For the Son of Man goes as it is written of him, but woe to that man by whom the Son of Man is betrayed! It would have been better for that man if he had not been born.”

Institution of the Lord’s Supper
22 And as they were eating, he took bread, and after blessing it broke it and gave it to them, and said, “Take; this is my body.” 23 And he took a cup, and when he had given thanks he gave it to them, and they all drank of it. 24 And he said to them, “This is my blood of the covenant, which is poured out for many. 25 Truly, I say to you, I will not drink again of the fruit of the vine until that day when I drink it new in the kingdom of God.”

Jesus Foretells Peter’s Denial
26 And when they had sung a hymn, they went out to the Mount of Olives. 27 And Jesus said to them, “You will all fall away, for it is written, ‘I will strike the shepherd, and the sheep will be scattered.’ 28 But after I am raised up, I will go before you to Galilee.” 29 Peter said to him, “Even though they all fall away, I will not.” 30 And Jesus said to him, “Truly, I tell you, this very night, before the rooster crows twice, you will deny me three times.” 31 But he said emphatically, “If I must die with you, I will not deny you.” And they all said the same.

Jesus Prays in Gethsemane
32 And they went to a place called Gethsemane. And he said to his disciples, “Sit here while I pray.” 33 And he took with him Peter and James and John, and began to be greatly distressed and troubled. 34 And he said to them, “My soul is very sorrowful, even to death. Remain here and watch.” 35 And going a little farther, he fell on the ground and prayed that, if it were possible, the hour might pass from him. 36 And he said, “Abba, Father, all things are possible for you. Remove this cup from me. Yet not what I will, but what you will.” 37 And he came and found them sleeping, and he said to Peter, “Simon, are you asleep? Could you not watch one hour? 38 Watch and pray that you may not enter into temptation. The spirit indeed is willing, but the flesh is weak.” 39 And again he went away and prayed, saying the same words. 40 And again he came and found them sleeping, for their eyes were very heavy, and they did not know what to answer him. 41 And he came the third time and said to them, “Are you still sleeping and taking your rest? It is enough; the hour has come. The Son of Man is betrayed into the hands of sinners. 42 Rise, let us be going; see, my betrayer is at hand.”

Making Plans

As Jesus prepares for his final supper with his disciples, it is apparent that he is in command. He is aware of the room's location, much as he was aware of the colt, and he is also privy to the identity of the individual who will betray him.

The Supper

According to Mark's account, although no roast lamb or bitter herbs are mentioned, Jesus focuses on the significance of the Passover meal. Jesus shares the unleavened bread with his disciples to represent his broken body. Similarly, he compares the wine in the cup to his blood, which will be poured out for the benefit of many. Since ancient times, Christians have observed Jesus' sacrifice by breaking bread and sharing wine. This practice is known by different names, including Eucharist ('thanksgiving'), Holy Communion, or the Lord's Supper. The church remembers Jesus' death by obeying his command to practice the supper until he returns, much like how Jews remember the Passover and the exodus from Egypt. Jesus, despite his impending death, anticipates a fresh beginning in the kingdom of God. In the future, when he partakes in wine with his followers, they will commemorate the triumph of God and the advent of the Messiah's reign.

Singing To Gethsemane

As they sing a hymn, Jesus and his companions head toward the Mount of Olives, situated nearby, while reciting one of the Passover psalms that narrate the exodus. He anticipates that his disciples will soon scatter like sheep when their shepherd is killed, as prophesied in Zechariah 13:7. Although Peter pledges to stay with Jesus no matter what, Jesus predicts Peter's courage will falter within moments. Jesus, accompanied by his inner three, visits Gethsemane, a grove of olive trees at the base of the Mount of Olives. The grove's name, which means 'oil press,' reflects its function as a site for pressing olives to extract oil.

Remove The Cup?

With the looming torture and the impending agony of the crucifixion, Jesus is filled with sorrow and pain. The idea of separation from the Father because of sin only adds to his anguish. Despite his fervent prayers, he knows he must drink from the cup of wrath and fulfill God's will. Despite his plea to do so, Jesus must feel increasingly alone as his disciples fail to stay awake or offer him comfort. While consecrating himself to his Father's will, Jesus remarks on the frailty of human flesh, partially directing his comment towards Peter. The time has come, and Jesus goes to meet his betrayer head-on.





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