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Part 6

(This series is offered by Pastor Gilbert Owens, Kingdom of God Ministries Church, highlighting the key events of Jesus Christ’s last days leading up to His crucifixion and resurrection. This series is based Owens study and research.)

As Thursday begins, the entire city of Jerusalem is in a frenzy with Jews from around the world making last minute preparations for Passover which begins on Friday.

Jesus and his disciples are still at the home of Lazarus as the morning passes along. Judas is secretly waiting for Jesus to give them the plans for the day so he can slip away and inform the High Priest. Finally, that afternoon, Jesus sends two of his disciples to look for a man who will let them use the guest chamber in his home. The guest chamber would be a large upper room where Jesus and his disciples would eat the Passover. The disciples go to Jerusalem and find the man and prepared the room for Passover. Jesus and the rest of his disciples wait until evening to leave for Jerusalem and partake in the Passover meal at the place mentioned above.

As darkness falls in Jerusalem, Jesus and his disciples are eating the Passover meal. During the early part of the meal, the disciples are discussing among themselves who is the greatest among them. Jesus settles the discussion by telling them that they all have been appointed a Kingdom as God has appointed the Kingdom to Him. Jesus then rises from the supper and proceeds to wash the disciple’s feet to illustrate greatness comes from serving.

After the washing of their feet, Jesus revealed that one of them will betray Him. He said, as He sat back down at the table, “He it is, to whom I shall give a sop, (bread) when I have dipped it.” {John 13:26} Jesus gave the sop to Judas and said, “That thou doest, do it now.” Judas then leaves to consummate the deal he had made with the High Priest. {John 13:27-30}

Jesus then warns the rest of the disciples that all of them will become offended of Him before the night is over. Peter vehemently denies that he would be offended, and Jesus tells him that before the cock crows three times, Peter would deny knowing Jesus three times.

At the close of the supper, while they were still eating, Jesus took bread, blessed it, torn it in half and gave it to his disciples saying, “Take eat, this is my body.” Then Jesus took a cup of wine, gave thanks and gave the cup to all of his disciples and said, “Drink ye all of it, for this is by blood of the new testament, which is shed for many for the remission of sins…I will not drink henceforth of this fruit of the vine, until that day when I drink it new with you in my Father’s kingdom.” {Matthew 26:26-29} They all then sung a hymn and went to the Mount of Olives where Jesus gives his last words to His disciples and prays for them. (John chapters 14-17)

Finally, as midnight approaches, Jesus walks to the nearby Garden of Gethsemane with Peter, James and John. He separates Himself from the three and prays to God for himself, asking God three times, to take the cup of death away from him. Jesus is strengthen by the angels of God and tells God, “not my will be done, but thy will be done.”

Jesus finishes his prayer, as midnight approaches, He tells Peter, James and John, “Sleep on now, and take your rest…the hour is at hand and the Son of man is betrayed into the hands of sinners.” At the moment, Judas appears with Temple guards to arrest Jesus. It is now after midnight and Friday arrives. It will be a day that changes the world.

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