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Breezin’ Through the Bible #26, part 2

April 18, 2014

The Last Supper

Jesus knew his hour had come for him to leave the world and go to his Father, but he loved the people in this world to the very end. Jesus washed the feet of his disciples, showing his love and humility. Feet were dusty and tired from walking unpaved roads, and servants usually did this job. He told his disciples they must do as he had done, caring for each other.Then he told them that one of them would betray him. They denied they would ever betray him, but Jesus gave Judas, as he was about to leave the group, a piece of bread and told him what he was about to do, do quickly. In an upper room, Jesus broke bread, telling them it was his body about to be broken for them, and then he passed the cup of wine, saying it was his blood to be shed for them. He told his disciples he would not be with them much longer, but would prepare a place for them in heaven. “If you love me, keep my commands,” he said. They did not understand. 

They sang a hymn and followed him to the Mt. of Olives, where Jesus asked them to keep watch while he prayed. The disciple, Peter, swore he would never deny his Lord, but Jesus said, “Before the cock crows you will deny me three times.” Jesus prayed until his face was covered with tears. His tired disciples slept.

Led by Judas, a large group of men armed with swords and clubs arrived to take Jesus prisoner. The disciples turned away, and Jesus was taken to Caiaphus, the high priest of the Jews. Peter followed, but when he was accosted by accusers, Peter said he did not know Jesus – not once, but three times. It was early morning, and he heard a rooster crowing.

Jesus was accused by the high priest of blasphemy and was taken to Pilate who ruled Judea for Rome.

-to be contd.

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