The Last Supper (19 March 2019)

Morning Encounter:

Read:

Jesus said to his disciples, “Don’t be worried! Have faith in God and have faith in me. There are many rooms in my Father’s house. I wouldn’t tell you this, unless it was true. I am going there to prepare a place for each of you. After I have done this, I will come back and take you with me. Then we will be together. You know the way to where I am going.”

Thomas said, “Lord, we don’t even know where you are going! How can we know the way?”

“I am the way, the truth, and the life!” Jesus answered. “Without me, no one can go to the Father. If you had known me, you would have known the Father. But from now on, you do know him, and you have seen him.”

John 14:15-27

Reflect:  

The disciples have spent the past three years in Jesus’ company. They have given up their entire lives for him, and Jesus needs them to understand that his death is not a dreadful disaster, not an unfortunate end to a great adventure, but has been a fundamental part of the plan all along. “Don’t be worried!” he says. “Have faith in God and have faith in me.” His death will open the way to the Father.

Respond:

Thank you Father for your great love. Thank you that you sacrificed your son to give me a permanent home with you. Thank you that we can be together for all of eternity. Amen.

Midday Meditation:

‘The way we come to God is the same way that God comes to us. God comes to us in Jesus; we come to God in Jesus…God comes to us in Jesus speaking the words of salvation, healing our infirmities, promising the Holy Spirit, teaching us how to live in the Kingdom of God. It is in and through this same Jesus that we pray to and believe, hear and obey, love and praise God…Jesus is the way of salvation. We follow his way.’

(Eugene Peterson, The Jesus Way)

Evening Reflection:

I pray that you, being rooted and established in love, may have power, together with all the Lord’s holy people, to grasp how wide and long and high and deep is the love of Christ, and to know this love that surpasses knowledge—that you may be filled to the measure of all the fullness of God. (Ephesians 3:17-19 NIV)

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