When I am with people I love dearly, I talk. I love to talk and share my thoughts and my important life events with them. The time seems to always slip away faster than I would like and there never seems to be enough of it to spend with the people that I love….especially when it’s time to part ways. I find myself often saying
“Oh, I should have told them about this_______”
“Oh darn, I should have shared with them ______”
Since my super fabulous hubby knows how much I can talk with those I love, he grows impatient and ends up going out to our car, starts the vehicle, and begins to back up slowly. When I finally realize that he is about to leave me, I say things in a hurry and feel even more rushed to try to say all the things I want and need to say before I actually have to say “good bye”. Let me tell you, it’s not a good feeling to feel rushed to say really important things in just a few minutes.
In my feeble human attempt to understand Jesus’ final hours, I am faced with the realization that Jesus probably felt the same way…..meaning…..feeling rushed to say really important things in a short amount of time.
I am fully aware that the things that Jesus needed to say were instrumental in not only his disciple’s lives but the life of the future church as a whole.
After the last supper and after Jesus washed the disciple’s feet, Jesus tells Judas Iscariot, the betrayer,
“What you are going to do, do quickly”.
Jesus literally gives Judas the green light/permission to betray him.
Just like that.
This was it. This was the time.
Earlier in the scripture, right after the washing of the feet, scripture tells us that Jesus was troubled in spirit.
I cannot even fathom what it would have felt like for him to send his betrayer away to do what needed to be done. Jesus knew that scripture needed to be fulfilled and even though it troubled him, he did not waver.
Jesus still had much to tell his disciples…and by their reaction to Jesus’ words, they still had a lot of questions.
After Judas leaves, Jesus immediately began his final conversation with his disciples. As I read through his final words to them, I can feel the anxiety rising, the anticipation building, and I get a sense of urgency…..for his final words to the disciples were not only for their good, but for OUR good as well.
The following is an excerpt from The Final Days of Jesus:
Time is short and every word and action matters. Jesus has a clear understanding of the suffering and difficulty that lie ahead, but the disciples are still unaware of the rapid succession of events that are about to happen and are unprepared for Jesus’ departure and their future life without his physical presence. This final discourse covers a lot of ground but several themes recur, including Jesus’ continuing mission through the Spirit and his disciples…..
After Judas Iscariot left, Jesus said
Now is the Son of Man glorified and God is glorified in him. If God is glorified in him, God will also glorify him in himself, and glorify him at once. Little children, yet a little while I am with you. You will seek me and just as I said to the Jews, so now I say to you ‘Where I am going you cannot come’ A new commandment I give to you, that you love one another just as I loved you, you also are to love one another. By this all people will know that you are my disciples, if you have love for one another.
Simon Peter said to him
Lord, where are you going?
Jesus answered him
Where I am going you cannot follow me now, but you will follow me afterward.
Peter said to him
Lord, why can I not follow you now? I will lay down my life for you.
Will you lay down your life for me? Truly Truly I say to you, the rooster will not crow till you have denied me three times.
Let not your hearts be troubled. Believe in God; believe also in me. In my Father’s house are many rooms. If it were not so, would I have told you that I go to prepare a place for you? And If I go and prepare a place for you, I will come again and will take you to myself, that where I am you may be also. And you know the way to where I am going.
Thomas said to him,
Lord, we do not know where you are going. How can we know the way?
Jesus said to him
I am the way, the truth and the life. No one comes to the Father expect through me. If you had known me, you would have known my Father also. From now on you do know him and have seen him.
Philip said to him
Lord, show us the Father and it is enough for us.
Jesus said to him
Have I been with you so long and you still do not know me Philip? Whoever has seen me has seen the Father. How can you say ‘Show us the Father?’ Do you not believe that I am in the Father and the Father is in me? The words that I say to you I do not speak on my own authority, but the Father who dwells in me does his works. Believe me that I am in the Father and the Father is in me, or else believe on account of the works themselves.
Truly Truly I say to you, whoever believes in me will also do the works that I do; and greater works than these will he do, because I am going to the Father. Whatever you ask in my name, this will I do, that the Father may be glorified in the Son. If you ask me anything in my name, I will do it.
If you love me, you will keep my commandments. And I will ask the Father and he will give you another Helper, to be with you forever, even the Spirit of truth, whom the world cannot receive, because it neither sees him nor knows him. You know him, for he dwells with you and will be in you.
I will not leave you as orphans; I will come to you. Yet a little while and the world will see me no more, but you will see me. Because I live, you also will live. In that day you will know that I am in my Father, and you in me, and I in you. Whoever has my commandments and keeps them, he it is who loves me. And he who loves me will be loved by my Father, and I will love him and manifest myself to him.
Judas (not Iscariot) said to him,
Lord, how is it that you will manifest yourself to us and not to the world?
Jesus answered him
If anyone loves me, he will keep my word and my Father will love him and we will come to him and make our home with him. Whoever does not love me does not keep my words. And the word that you hear is not mine but the Father’s who sent me.
These thing I have spoken to you while I am still with you. But the Helper, the Holy Spirit, whom the Father will send in my name, he will teach you all things and bring to your remembrance all that I have said to you. Peace I leave with you; my peace I give to you. Not as the world gives do I give to you. Let your hearts not be troubled, neither let them be afraid. You heard me say to you, ‘I am going away, and I will come to you’. If you loved me, you would have rejoiced, because I am going to the Father, for the Father is greater than I. And now I have told you before it takes place, so that when it does take place you may believe. I will no longer talk much with you, for the ruler of this world is coming. He has no claim on me, but I do as the Father has commanded me, so that the world may know that I love the Father.
Rise, let us go from here.
The Final Days of Jesus p 64-68