Vs. 4, “and they plotted to arrest Jesus in some sly way and kill him.” This chapter is full of intriuge as we read about a plot for murder and even betrayal! But we are also reminded of sacrifice not only by Jesus, but also by Mary with the alabastar jar of perfume (a years wages as she anoited Jesus to honor Him for his death). I remember Daniel Pewter’s one hit wonder that goes, “You had a bad day”…this day for Jesus would top any bad day we could dream of. From Judas plotting to kill him, to the disciples falling to sleep in Jesus’ most desperate hour, to the betrayed kiss and arrest and judgement before the Sanhedrin and lastly Peter’s disowning Jesus three times.
Regarding application…Ultimate Love. Vs. 38, “Then he said to them, “My soul is overwhelmed with sorrow to the point of death. Stay here and keep watch with me.” Whew…this is pretty hard to read without my eyes not wellng up in tears. Jesus was God, but He also was 100% human…it’s not even so much that he was sorrowful that He would have to go through so much pain, I think it was more sorrowful for Him to know the pain of those who would bear this burden with Him. The pain of knowing they let Jesus down, the pain of liteally watching Jesus die before you, the pain of any of us who have felt the guilt of sin and turned away from the Lord at times in our life. Yet, even when Jesus knew the disciples would fail Him when He needed them most, His love & grace upon them is astounding! But it’s not just them that we are talking about here…take a hard look in the mirror. It’s you and I too. Even on the road to His own death, Jesus would sing and glorify the Father (vs. 30). May we do the same as we live this life.