As we prepare for this weekend, there are several things I am trying to make time for. First, the biggest thing on my mind is the choir's performance Sunday evening. This is a musical celebration of our lives free from the world, not just a remembrance of Christ's death, burial and resurrection. It is full of a lot of relevant songs that the choir has worked very hard on. I am also wanting to put my heart and mind in the right place. So maybe on Friday evening, Mike and I will watch The Passion of the Christ. Have you seen this movie? Honestly, it is very hard to watch. When I went to the movie theater, I literally shook almost the whole time. Plus, it did live up to the hype. I thought it was a good interpretation of last hours of Jesus' life. As a family, I want the kids to have the traditions still go on. Coloring eggs, going to the Good Friday service, new clothes, getting together with family and friends for lunch at grandma's house, all the things I remember as a kid.
The gospel of John spends a lot of time on the hours leading up to Christ being taken into custody. Christ talks to the disciples of what is about to happen, what will happen while he is dead and when he has left them. He tells them that they should pray with him, that they should love everyone, that they will be given a Comforter, who will be their guide and teacher.
John 14: 23 - 31
Jesus answered and said unto him, If a man love me, he will keep my words: and my Father will love him, and we will come unto him, and make our abode with him.
He that loveth me not keepeth not my sayings: and the word which ye hear is not mine, but the Father's which sent me.
These things have I spoken unto you, being yet present with you.
But the Comforter, which is the Holy Ghost, whom the Father will send in my name, he shall teach you all things, and bring all things to your remembrance, whatsoever I have said unto you.
Peace I leave with you, my peace I give unto you: not as the world giveth, give I unto you. Let not your heart be troubled, neither let it be afraid.
Ye have heard how I said unto you, I go away, and come again unto you. If ye loved me, ye would rejoice, because I said, I go unto the Father: for my Father is greater than I.
And now I have told you before it come to pass, that, when it is come to pass, ye might believe.
Hereafter I will not talk much with you: for the prince of this world cometh, and hath nothing in me.
But that the world may know that I love the Father; and as the Father gave me commandment, even so I do. Arise, let us go hence.
I find it interesting how John gives us so much detail of the conversation. The questions the disciples give. How, until He died, they did not understand. Some of it we still do not understand. But, reading these verses have given me a new insight into those last hours, spend around the table, talking with his family and friends. He told them and us that no matter what, we will not be alone.