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Mark 14:43-52 – The Last Supper: Meditative Musing for Dec 17


Last Supper

A meal together – a walk in a Garden. Sounds like a pleasant evening – but it was intense, disturbing – and memorable.

He gave them something to remember Him by – a meal of bread and wine. His enemies called him a wine-bibbing friend of sinners. He still meets sinners at His table to share bread and wine.

He made a prediction all of them would fall that night. In any sizable group, some will fall . And not someday, but tonight!

Peter denied it. “If all fall away, I will not – even if I die!” Jesus said, “You will disown me three times before the cock crows twice tonight.” What a somber, distressing thought!

The worst was yet to come.

In the Garden, He left eight disciples and took three deeper into the Garden (Judas, having left Supper early, was not there). Then He left them, asking them to watch and pray, as He went even deeper into the Garden where He fell on His face to pray.

Abba, Father, everything is possible for you. Take this cup from me. Yet, not what I will, but what you will.

Returning to the three, he found them sleeping. “Simon, are you asleep? Could you not keep watch one hour?” He returned to pray again – and again came back and found them asleep. And then a third time! Then he said,

Are you still sleeping? Enough! The hour has come. Rise! Let us go!

And then the Betrayer came.

Where am I in this story?

 

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