Thursday, April 09, 2009

Maundy Thursday Thought



Today is Holy Thursday or Maundy Thursday, a day Christians commemorate the Passover Meal Jesus ate with his disciples before His crucifixion. It is also the day that Jesus went to the Mount of Olives and anguished about what was to come.

Luke 22: 39-44 says:

"Jesus went out as usual to the Mount of Olives, and his disciples followed him. On reaching the place, he said to them, 'Pray that you will not fall into temptation.' He withdrew about a stone's throw beyond them, knelt down and prayed, 'Father, if you are willing, take this cup from me; yet not my will, but yours be done.' An angel from heaven appeared to him and strengthened him. And being in anguish, he prayed more earnestly, and his sweat was like drops of blood falling to the ground."

When I think about this day, I don't usually picture the last supper, although the symbolism and love He showed in that meal is momentous. My thoughts always land on Jesus in the garden, sweating blood and truly anguishing over his upcoming death.

And He says, "Not my will, but Yours be done."

Jesus set the ultimate example for how we should live our lives. No self rule. No being "god" of our own existence. Fully leaning on the love and guidance of the Father. Your will God. Your Way. Not what I want, but what You want.

This kind of surrender can only be birthed in faith. Do I truly believe that God exists and that He loves me and has my best in mind? Is God truly FOR me?

My answer is YES! Like that old song says, "I have decided to follow Jesus." I believe. I look at Christ in that garden on the Mount of Olives and I am grateful that He showed me the way. As He does each day.

Not my will, but Yours be done. Painful, Challenging, Rewarding.

Thank you Jesus for that Thursday long ago. And for today.

11 comments:

Red Bridges Home said...

Great thoughts Robbie. I've been to my own garden with those same prayers, more times than I can count. You are so right. Believing - no matter what the answer - that God loves me, cherishes me and wants the best for me - matters. Jesus shows us the way.

Thank you for your voice. I'm glad we met.

smithsk said...

When I saw the movie "The Passion" Jesus stepped on the head of serpent's head in the Garden. This was so symbolic of the "seed of the woman crushing the head of the serpent" as fortold to Eve in Genesis. This is where the battle was won before Christ went to the cross.

Ralph said...

Great thoughts for the day, Welcome Back :)

tonya said...

Great post, Robbie!

Jan Parrish said...

I pray that the wondrous love of Easter is especially meaningful to you this year.

Robbie Iobst said...

Deana, I wish I was a gardener like you. Such an earthy experience that I would think connects you to the Creator. Thanks for reading my blog. Yours is cool too!

Robbie Iobst said...

Susan you know what? I am going to re-watch The Passion tomorrow. I want to stay home tomorrow during the day when John and Noah are gone and I was thinking about how I could use part of the day as worship. Watching that movie again, as hard as it is to see, will be it. I'll look especially for that scene you referenced. Thank you Susan. And thank you again for your BEAUTIFUL tweets!

Robbie Iobst said...

Ralph, Tonya and Jan, THANK you for your comments! Let's all have a wonderful Easter! Go God!

Cheryl Barker said...

Thank you, Jesus, for your ultimate example -- and your ultimate sacrifice...

Have a wonderful Easter weekend, Robbie!

Robbie Iobst said...

Right back at you Cheryl!!! You are a blessed Christian sister that I've never met but feel I know. :0)

dianne in colorado said...

Thanks for a great post, Robbie. Have a wonderful Easter!