Jesus’ Life: Chapter 17 – Jesus’ Last Supper Messages
The Last Supper was a celebration of the Passover but it also held much personal trauma. Jesus knew his Father’s wishes and accepted his Cross. In contrast, the eleven Apostles had yet to understand their future.
Jesus said to them, “But now I am going to the one who sent me, and not one of you is asking me, ‘Where are you going?’ Instead, your hearts are filled with sadness…”.
The Apostles had known Jesus throughout most of his ministry; he was their teacher and leader; they had come to rely on him entirely and believed that He was the Son of God. Yet, they didn’t seem to understand what He was now saying, they didn’t ask where He was going, what he meant by his Father’s House or what he meant by preparing a place for them.
Jesus said, “It is to your advantage that I am going away. For if I do not go away, the [Holy Spirit] will not come to you, but if I go, I will send him to you… he will guide you to all truth”.
The Apostles world would soon be a very different place. They would have to meet those who accepted and those who vehemently rejected Jesus’ teachings, alone! That is, without Jesus’ physical presence but with the power of the Holy Spirit. (John 16:1-16)
Truth comes from the Holy Spirit so, the closer we are to God, the more knowledgeable we become.
Lord God, fill me with your Holy Spirit. Take me closer to what you ask of me.
Steer the ship of my life, good Lord,
to your quiet harbour,
where I can be safe from the storms of sin and conflict.
Show me the course I should take.
Renew in me the gift of discernment,
so that I can always see the right direction in which I should go.
And give me the strength and the courage to choose the right course,
even when the sea is rough and the waves are high,
knowing that through enduring hardship and danger,
in your name, we shall find comfort and peace.