This week we celebrate Easter. Together with millions of faithful followers of Christ, we will celebrate Christ’s victory over sin and death. During this week, which is known as Holy Week, it is good to reflect on what happened over 2,000 years ago.
Today is Maundy Thursday – the day Christians commemorate the Last Super (Matthew 26:17-30; Mark 14:12-26; Luke 22:7-39). In the Gospel of John we are given an intimate picture of Christ’s last moments with His disciples before He is betrayed and arrested. From John 13-16 Jesus both demonstrates His love for His disciples and pours out His heart to His friends. The climax of the Last Supper is John 17 and Jesus’ high priestly prayer:
17 When Jesus had spoken these words, he lifted up his eyes to heaven, and said, “Father, the hour has come; glorify your Son that the Son may glorify you, 2 since you have given him authority over all flesh, to give eternal life to all whom you have given him. 3 And this is eternal life that they know you, the only true God, and Jesus Christ whom you have sent. 4 I glorified you on earth, having accomplished the work that you gave me to do.5 And now, Father, glorify me in your own presence with the glory that I had with you before the world existed.
Drink from the words of Christ! Delight in the joyous relationship He has with His Father and Holy Spirit. Glorify His name! Christ alone has been given authority over every human creature. And the Father gave Christ the task of bringing eternal life here and now to those who know and love Him. To know Christ is to experience His very life – His joy, His peace, His love, and His comfort here and now.