Thursday, March 20, 2008

Thursday / Last Supper

1. In the evening, Jesus celebrates the Passover meal with his disciples. (He announces His Body and Blood as The New Covenant)

2. Late Thursday evening, Jesus prays in the Garden of Gethsemane. (While His Disciples take a nap)
The word "Gethsemane" comes from two Hebrew words:
Gat, which means "a place for pressing oil (or wine)" and shemanim, which means "oils."
During Jesus' time, heavy stone slabs were lowered onto olives that had already been crushed in an olive crusher. Gradually, the slabs weight squeezed the olive oil out of the pulp, and the oil ran into a pit. There the oil was collected in clay jars.
The image of the Gethsemane on the slope of the Mount of Olives where Jesus went the night before his crucifixion provides a vivid picture of Jesus' suffering. The weight of the sins of the world pressed down upon him like a heavy slab of rock pressed down on olives in their baskets.
His sweat, "like drops of blood falling to the ground" (Luke 22:44) flowed from Him like olive oil as it was squeezed out and flowed into the pit of the olive press.
3. Sometime later Thursday night or Friday morning, He was arrested.
 Peter denies Jesus three times and Jesus is questioned by Caiphas the High Priest
"Father forgive them, they do not know what they are doing." -Jesus. (Luke 23:34)

In His Dust,


Anonymous said...

I was reading the gospel accounts of Holy Week on Tuesday morning and was struck by the verse in Luke you mentioned -- He prayed so passionately that he sweated blood. His love for us and sacrafice for us is amazing.

Debbi's Blog said...

it blows me away every time I think about it-