A lot was said. It was Passover. Jesus would be betrayed that night. He would be arrested. Within 24 hours, He would be crucified and laid in a borrowed tomb. Jesus’ words that night are some of the most tender, meaningful thoughts of His we will read.
Jesus washes his disciples’ feet, telling them He has set for them an example, that they should also serve one another.
Jesus shares the Last Supper with His disciples, telling them that the broken bread represents His body given for them, and that the cup represents the new covenant in His blood.
Jesus predicts Peter’s denial, telling Peter that Satan has asked to sift him like wheat, but his faith will not fail and he will strengthen his brothers.
Jesus tells the disciples, “Don’t let your hearts be troubled… I’m going to prepare a place for you… I’ll come back and take you to be with Me.” But He also makes clear, “I am the way, the truth and the life. No one comes to the Father except through Me.”
Jesus promises the Holy Spirit, “And I will ask the Father, and He will give you another Advocate to help you and be with you forever- the Spirit of truth… you know Him, for He lives with you and will be in you. I will not leave you as orphans. I will come to you… The Advocate, the Holy Spirit, whom the Father will send in My name, will teach you all things and will remind you of everything I have said to you. Peace I leave with you. My peace I give to you.”
I’m sure that Saturday, before the hope of the resurrection, the disciples felt orphaned. I’m sure after the Ascension, they again felt orphaned. Oh, but they weren’t left as orphans, and neither are we.!
The Resurrection happened. We have hope!
The Spirit came. We have new life!
The Spirit helps us, is with us forever, lives in us, teaches and reminds us of everything Jesus taught, gives us peace.
Father, thank You that the hope of the resurrected Christ is alive in me today through your Spirit!
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