Thursday, March 28, 2013

The Good News of New Life

The Thursday before Jesus was crucified, he gathered for the last time with his disciples and celebrated the Passover meal which today we call the Last Supper.

Those intimate moments between Jesus and his disciples have inspired artists throughout the centuries to depict what that scene might have looked like. From the 22nd chapter of the book of Luke, we know that Jesus and his disciples reclined at the table as He gave thanks for the cup and bread and then shared it with them.

Shortly thereafter Jesus humbled himself and washed the feet of his disciples, even the ones who would betray and deny him. And it was later that evening, in the Garden of Gethsemane on the Mount of Olives, He prayed in anguish, "Father, if you are willing, take this cup from me; yet not my will, but yours be done."

It was not to be. Instead, He was betrayed, arrested, denied, mocked, beaten, judged and crucified. That Friday was a dark day, but as we know, Sunday was coming with a resurrection power that would forever change the world.

As we look toward Easter Sunday, I encourage us all to take time to silently reflect on the promise fulfilled by Jesus' death on the cross. Through Him, we have victory, new life, and the promise of eternity. That is Good News!