Journey To Jesus – The Last Supper and the Praying in the Garden

Matthew 26:17-19, 26-28

The Last Supper<span class="crossreference" style="font-weight: normal; vertical-align: top;" value="(A)”><span class="crossreference" style="font-weight: normal; vertical-align: top;" value="(B)”><span class="crossreference" style="font-weight: normal; vertical-align: top;" value="(C)”>

17 On the first day of the Festival of Unleavened Bread,<span class="crossreference" style="font-weight: bold; vertical-align: top;" value="(D)”> the disciples came to Jesus and asked, “Where do you want us to make preparations for you to eat the Passover?”<span class="crossreference" style="font-weight: bold; vertical-align: top;" value="(E)”>
18 He replied, “Go into the city to a certain man and tell him, ‘The Teacher says: My appointed time<span class="crossreference" style="font-weight: bold; vertical-align: top;" value="(F)”> is near. I am going to celebrate the Passover with my disciples at your house.’” 19 So the disciples did as Jesus had directed them and prepared the Passover.

26 While they were eating, Jesus took bread, and when he had given thanks, he broke it<span class="crossreference" style="font-weight: bold; vertical-align: top;" value="(A)”> and gave it to his disciples, saying, “Take and eat; this is my body.”
27 Then he took a cup,<span class="crossreference" style="font-weight: bold; vertical-align: top;" value="(B)”> and when he had given thanks, he gave it to them, saying, “Drink from it, all of you. 28 This is my blood of the<span class="footnote" style="font-weight: bold; vertical-align: top;" value="[a]”>[a] covenant,<span class="crossreference" style="font-weight: bold; vertical-align: top;" value="(C)”> which is poured out for many for the forgiveness of sins.
That night, in the upper room Jesus and his disciples shared a meal. Jesus washed their feet (I didn’t include that scripture here), taking on the role of servant he washed their feet, then broke bread with them. This was their final meal with their friend and master, Jesus knew that soon he’d be betrayed by one of them. 

Matthew 26: 36-40

Gethsemane

36 Then Jesus went with his disciples to a place called Gethsemane, and he said to them, “Sit here while I go over there and pray.” 37 He took Peter and the two sons of Zebedee<span class="crossreference" style="font-weight: bold; vertical-align: top;" value="(B)”> along with him, and he began to be sorrowful and troubled. 38 Then he said to them, “My soul is overwhelmed with sorrow<span class="crossreference" style="font-weight: bold; vertical-align: top;" value="(C)”> to the point of death. Stay here and keep watch with me.”<span class="crossreference" style="font-weight: bold; vertical-align: top;" value="(D)”>
39 Going a little farther, he fell with his face to the ground and prayed, “My Father, if it is possible, may this cup<span class="crossreference" style="font-weight: bold; vertical-align: top;" value="(E)”> be taken from me. Yet not as I will, but as you will.”<span class="crossreference" style="font-weight: bold; vertical-align: top;" value="(F)”>
40 Then he returned to his disciples and found them sleeping. “Couldn’t you men keep watch with me <span class="crossreference" style="font-weight: bold; vertical-align: top;" value="(G)”>for one hour?” he asked Peter.


I have to be honest and tell you that I don’t think I’d be any better than the disciples. It was late, and they were tired. I’d assume that the garden was quiet, peaceful even….it would take a lot for me to keep my eyes open and not doze off. It wasn’t long before the soldiers showed up in the garden with Judas, to take Jesus away. That night he was put on trial, mocked, and beaten. 

I can’t imagine witnessing the events of that night, and the next day. I can’t imagine the hurt and the heartbreak that his friends were feeling as the events unfolded. 

Stop back tomorrow! 

Blessings,
Megan 
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