This past Thursday I had the opportunity to provide music for my church's Maundy Thursday service. It was a time of remembrance and solemness.
As Pastor Emily was sharing, the one phrase that stood out to me was, as Jesus and His disciples were observing the Passover meal...the events of the next few days were set into motion. It struck me that even though Jesus knew what was going to happen next...the disciples and everyone else that took part in the story, had no clue. They didn't know that Jesus was going to be betrayed by Judas. They didn't know how awful the Crucifixion would be. They didn't know that there would be a deafening silence on Saturday. They didn't know how glorious the sounds of Resurrection would be on that first Easter Sunday. They didn't know that all of history would be forever changed by His Story!
But Jesus knew. Jesus knew what was about to happen next and chose the toughest road of sacrifice that would ever be known. He knew that He would be the ultimate sacrifice that would defeat Sin. He knew He would become the bridge of connection for His Bride, the people of the earth, to be made right with God. He knew He was the Only Way!
On this Saturday of silence, between the gruesome death and the glorious reappearing of my Risen Savior, I’m forever grateful that even though Jesus knew what was next...He willingly saved me anyway! I may not know what is next in my journey, but Jesus is faithful and I can trust Him to guide me all the way!
Read Luke 22:7-24:53 in The Passion Translation, the story from Maundy Thursday through Easter.
If you're interested in reading a fictional account about the events of Good Friday, The Day I Was Crucified, by Gene Edwards, is a very moving, quick read.
This post is part of Kate Motaung's "Five Minute Friday," which she hosts on the Five Minute Friday website. Kate posts a single word each week and each blogger sets a timer for 5 minutes to write and then posts, with very little editing. (Some weeks I have more trouble with that part than others) Check out the other writers this week!