Day 271 – His Time Had Come
On: July 29, 2015 | By: SWLadmin
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When the hour came, Jesus and his apostles reclined at the table. And he said to them, “I have eagerly desired to eat this Passover with you before I suffer. For I tell you, I will not eat it again until it finds fulfilment in the kingdom of God.” Luke 22:14-16
I wonder if Jesus struggled with the contrasting emotions He must have experienced during the last few days before His crucifixion? Celebrating the Passover with the thousands of Jews gathered in Jerusalem – the climax of their pilgrimage. Sharing a meal with his closest friends and colleagues, the apostles, in remembrance of God’s miraculous intervention in Egypt centuries before. Knowing the satisfaction of approaching the conclusion of a successful three year mission. Realising the history changing impact of what He was about to do. Yet deeply anxious whether He would be able to hold his course, see His unique ministry through to its conclusion, and overcome the injustice, agony and suffering that lay ahead.
Over recent weeks, as I write, I have been grappling with conflicting emotions. The annual family celebrations of the Christmas season, an exciting new job for a family member, the prospect of a fulfilling new field of opportunity opening up for myself. And yet, a close relative battling cancer in a hospital bed. It was a similar situation a few years ago, when my brother lay dying in hospital at the same time as my wife and I were celebrating our 25th wedding anniversary. A minor ripple compared with the historic, indeed eternal battle that Jesus faced, but challenging all the same for me.
Such contrasting circumstances are the stuff of real life – to be engaged with, not avoided. Good stuff and bad stuff to grapple with; often at the same time. The art of living is the art of taking celebration and crisis in successive strides, allowing each the space for our attention and emotions. It’s draining, but no one ever said life was a walk in the park. If we hanker for a life of ease, without pain or conflict, we will not be living in the real world. We will not be living in God’s world.
Jesus came to Earth to experience life as a human, show us how it could best be lived, and opened up a new way, where we do not need to face challenges alone, but hand in hand with Him, who will be our Saviour, Lord and Friend, if we invite Him into our lives.
This was the Man who sat down to eat Passover with the apostles. His time had come.
Lord Jesus, thank you for showing us the way of a life lived in harmony with You. One that can take celebration and suffering in its stride. Amen