After Jesus prayed that God’s will would be done, an angel came to give Him strength. God’s will was for Jesus to die on the cross to pay the price for sin. Only Jesus, God and man, could pay that price. God the Father sent Jesus help. He will help us face the tough times in our lives too.
Jesus prayed the night of His arrest. He asked if possible that He would not have to suffer. But Jesus also prayed for God’s will to be done. We need to learn to pray the same way, asking for God to help us according to His will. He sees the whole picture, we don’t. Lord, may your will be done on earth as it is heaven.
Jesus told the Disciples pray that they would give into temptations. Temptations come. We face them every day. God offers help to defeat temptations. It is called prayer. It is an ongoing conversation with God to find help and strength to say no when temptations come knocking. Lord, help me to say yes to you and no to the temptations that come my way today.
Big changes were coming the night Jesus was arrested. So He told the Disciples that things were changing, that He was going to be taken away from them and they needed to adapt. We are called to live by faith, trusting in Jesus. But we also need to adapt the way we act to our changing times. The Gospel message doesn’t change. But the way we communicate it does to reach and ever changing world.
Peter thought he could stand on his own strength. Peter said he was ready to die for Jesus. But he couldn’t. We need help to overcome temptations. We need help to stand up for Jesus when challenged for our faith. The Good News is that God is ready to forgive us when we fall and help us stand when the going gets tough. Like Peter, we’ve been warned not to try to stand on our own.
Jesus knew what would happen with Peter and He knows what will happen with us. So like with Peter, Jesus warns us about the danger of sin and calls us to repent when we fail and to return to walking with Him in faith. Then we can renew doing the work that God gives to us.
Jesus promised the Disciples a place in His Kingdom. He promises us the gift if eternal life. It is a sure thing because God always keeps His promises. Things got bad that night for Jesus and the Disciples. Life may get tough for us. But nothing can separate us from the love of God. It’s a sure thing.
How ironic that the Disciples moved from talking about who could betray Jesus to who is the greatest. The world defines greatness one way, Jesus another. Jesus says to be great be a servant. Greatness is not elevating yourself but serving others. That is exactly what Jesus did.
Judas was a friend of Jesus, one of the Disciples. But something went wrong. We don’t know what. But we do know that Judas betrayed Jesus after the Last Supper. Something came between Judas and Jesus. Don’t let anything come between you and your Lord!
Jesus took the Passover and created the Lord’s Supper. He took the celebration of freedom from slavery in Egypt and created the celebration of freedom from slavery to sin. Jesus would die the next day to make this promise a reality. Every time we celebrate the Lord’s Supper we celebrate Jesus’s victory over sin and death to give us Forgiveness and Life. We celebrate knowing that Christ is with us and that His victory is ours.