Holy Week: Thursday
There are several events that occur on this last day before Jesus was arrested. These are:
- The Last Supper (The Passover Meal)
- The Institution of Communion
- Jesus Praying in the Garden of Gethsemane while the disciples fell asleep
- The Betrayal of Judas
This is the day that Jesus celebrated the Last Supper with the disciples, four days after His triumphal entry into Jerusalem on Palm Sunday. Only hours after the Last Supper, Judas would betray Jesus in the Garden of Gethsemane, setting the stage for Jesus’ Crucifixion on Good Friday.
After Judas left the room, Jesus instituted something new, the Lord’s Supper (1 Corinthians 11:23-24). He took two elements from the Passover Feast, the unleavened bread and the cup, and used them as a visual aide to picture His death which would bring forgiveness of sins. The broken bread was a picture of His body given for the sins of the world. The cup of wine pictured His blood which was shed for the remission of sins. The Lord’s Supper reminds us to look ahead for Christ’s return. We will observe this supper until He comes (1 Corinthians 11:26). The Passover pointed ahead to the Lamb of God who would take away the sins of the world (John 1:29). The Lord’s Supper announces that this work has been accomplished.
Later that evening Jesus went to the Garden of Gethsemane, there Jesus surrendered His will to God’s will. We see such a clear picture here of both his deity and humanity. It was here that the victory was won.
As Jesus was agonizing in prayer His disciples were sleeping. He woke them up with the news that His betrayer was coming and they must go to meet him.
Readings for the Day:
- Matthew 26:17-46
- Luke 22:7-38
- John 13:21-38
- Mark 14:17-31
- Zechariah 13:7