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What was the mood in the
upper room at the Last Supper? When I close my eyes and try to imagine
the evening, all I can see is da Vinci's painting. (Why did they all sit
on the same side of the table?)
My art critique aside, I
would imagine it was a very serious evening. Jesus dramatically showed
His heart as he knelt down to wash the disciples' feet. An amazing demonstration
After supper, the scripture
says they sang a hymn and went out into the evening. But then what? What
did they do after spending spiritual, intimate time with Jesus?
On the Mount of Olives, Jesus
entered into the Garden of Gethsemane to pray. He asked a simple request
of his friends: "Pray for me." Instead, they went to sleep.
Everyone, that is, except
Judas. He went to town and rounded up some of his friends. When he saw
Jesus, he gave Him a kiss.
In the upper room, with the
others he said, "Surely not I, Lord?" I won't betray you. But
he did betray Jesus. His betrayal was especially bitter because he did
it with a kiss-a sign of intimate friendship.
Simon Peter pledged he would
die for Jesus before he denied Him. But then a little servant girl made
an innocent comment to Peter, "You were with Him." Instead of
admitting his association with Jesus, Peter denied that the knew Him-not
once, but three times.
What impact did the Last
Supper have on the participants? The disciples went to sleep instead of
praying for Him. Judas betrayed Jesus, and Peter denied that he even knew
Fellowship with Jesus does
not guarantee loyalty to Him. It takes more than that.
"Then said Jesus unto
his disciples, If any man will come after me, let him deny himself, and
take up his cross, and follow me." Matthew 16:24 KJV