Lent Day 40 Maunday Thursday
"The hour has come; the Son of Man is betrayed into the hands of sinners. Get up, let us be going. See my betrayer is at hand’.
Immediately, while he was still speaking, Judas, one of the twelve, arrived; and with him there was a crowd with swords and clubs, from the chief priests, the scribes and the elders.
Now the betrayer had given them a sign, saying, ‘The one I kiss is the man; arrest him and lead him away under guard.’ So he came, went up to him at once and said, ‘Rabbi!’ and kissed him……….
All of them deserted him and fled.”
Jesus is a lonely figure as he faces his last night before his crucifixion.
After the Last Supper and knowing what lay ahead, he went alone to pray in Gethsemane while his followers slept nearby. He had exhorted them to pray but they failed to act. Another of his followers had betrayed him to his enemies, with his final act being a kiss. And then, the verse that sticks in my mind today
‘All of them deserted him and fled.’
Jesus had to take these final steps on his own, to move forward to his trial, his torture and his cruel crucifixion. He was the sacrificial Lamb of God, His only Son who came to set us free. We, his followers today, where are we in this scene?
Are we still sleeping and letting Easter just pass us by as if it is nothing at all?
Do we betray him in the way we speak of him, or in the way we live our lives?
Do we show empty affection in our words and worship?
Do we, at the first sign of trouble, desert him and flee?
Our Lent journey has been tough this year; we have experienced a world situation that we have never faced before.
Jesus knows our situation, he agonised over it that night in Gethsemane, and he carried it on the cross as part of his burden. We have a Saviour who understands us, let us not desert him and flee, for he never deserts us.
Lord in your mercy
Hear our prayer