Matt. 26:14-29, Mark 14:12-25, Luke 22:3-38, John Chps 13 &14
Judas resolved to betray Jesus just prior to the preparation and observance the Passover meal. Jesus then injected tension during the meal saying there was a betrayer among them. Then the disciples began to dispute who would be the greatest. Peter’s rambunctious nature was then put in check by Jesus’ humiliating prediction of Peter’s denial. It is in this tense environment that Jesus washed the disciples’ feet and instituted the sacrament of the Lord’s supper. It is here that Jesus assured His disciples and comforted their troubled hearts and promised them another advocate.
We enter Maundy Thursday with fear, uncertainty, tension, and discomfort. Our Passover meals are not how we expected them to be. We are not close. We are distant. For whatever reason God has chosen this Holy season for this pandemic and its havoc. Like the disciples we are frustrated and terrified because we feel like Jesus is leaving us.
This is exactly the atmosphere Jesus does His best work. It is here that He promises us another Advocate in the Holy Spirit. So we too must advocate for those who are powerless in this climate. It is here that Jesus offers us “common-union” even while we are physically distant. So we must make deeper genuine connections that cannot be disguised as real just because we are in the same room. It is here that Jesus washes our feet and demonstrates servant leadership. So we too must be armor bearers for our armor bearers. It is here Jesus comforts us. So we too must be comforters.
Let not your heart be troubled; you believe in God, believe also in Me. In My Father's house there are many mansions; if it were not so, I would have told you. I go to prepare a place for you. And if I go and prepare a place for you, I will come again and receive you unto Myself; that where I am, there you may be also .
I want to be sheltered in place with Jesus.