Today is a good day, not because it is Thursday, which marks the second half of the week. Nor because it is actually spring like weather outside, cool in the morning and warm in the afternoon. Today is a good day, because this morning, bright and early I met with Jesus. We had a great conversation.
Today we happened to talk about the very last time he ate with his 12 friends around a rather large table. So see, today is Maundy Thursday, the Thursday before Easter, and it is today that commemorates the Last Supper Jesus shared with the Apostles. It is the fifth day of Holy Week, and from what we talked about in our time together this morning, it was a busy day.
On this day four events took place: Jesus washed the Disciples’ Feet, the Last Supper was prepared, enjoyed and cleaned up (some one had to do those dishes), then there is the agony of my Savior in the Garden of Gethsemane, and His betrayal by a friend, a trusted companion, one of those very men at the table, Judas. Yep it was a busy day.
But the thing that strikes me the most, at 10:28 am today is the fact that even Jesus had a busy day. Think about it. He got on his knees, served his friends and humbled himself by washing their feet. So basically, He took some time out of the day to give a little pedi to all the men who he loved. Just think about how long it takes you to get a little pedi – this was not an assembly line process of dip, drip, and dry… this was a long event. He spent time with each one of those 12 men, washing their feet carefully and thoroughly, drying them with a soft towel and paying close attention to each one of his beloved 12.
Then, they shared a meal together. They talked, they ate, they spent time together, this was not just a quick drive thru McDonalds meal on your lunch break. I am sure this meal lasted a few hours. It was then at this table, he knew that one of the men he loved dearly would betray him. Think about that reality, the pain that must of stuck his heart like a knife that tries to cut thru cold butter. It must have been a pain like none other. Than, towards the end of the day, things get a little too much for him. We see him on his knees before his father saying “take this cup from me”… How many of us have ended our day like that…
I don’t want to work where I work anymore, I cannot do just one more day, it’s too much for me, take this cup from me.
I don’t think I can take just one more day of the stress life brings, take this cup from me.
I don’t think I can clean up any more toys, do any more laundry or clean any more toilets, take this cup from me.
I don’t think I can forgive him again for breaking my heart, take this cup from me.
I don’t want to cry any more tears over my precious one that went to be with you too early, I want to feel the warmth of their face upon my skin, take this cup from me.
I don’t think I want to make my marriage work, I just cannot do it anymore, take this cup from me.
I don’t think I can forgive myself just one more time, take this cup from me.
You see, today is a good day, because today is the day that Jesus, my savior shared with me the truth about just how much he really understands me, His beloved. And that is something worth all my praise.
Today is a good day my friend, He too has had busy days that end with tears and pleading to the Father. Today is a good day, for He is good.
Jesus – I love you – enough said.