23 Jesus replied, “The hour has come for the Son of Man to be glorified. 24 Very truly I tell you, unless a kernel of wheat falls to the ground and dies, it remains only a single seed. But if it dies, it produces many seeds. 25 Anyone who loves their life will lose it, while anyone who hates their life in this world will keep it for eternal life. 26 Whoever serves me must follow me; and where I am, my servant also will be. My Father will honor the one who serves me.
27 “Now my soul is troubled, and what shall I say? ‘Father, save me from this hour’? No, it was for this very reason I came to this hour. 28 Father, glorify your name!”
I never know how to approach this day. On this day everything has been changed, from death to life we have all been changed. By this time in the morning, it had already begun. He had reclined in the upper room with His disciples (John 13-17) He had given them hope and the promise of a new covenant. At this point He had already pressed through the night with prayer to be obedient to the Father’s will. By cover of night they had come, betrayer receiving his reward, the price of a Hebrew slave. That painful Judas kiss and the disciples departing. Alone He faced his accusers and was still willing to drink the cup his Father had given.
“After the arrest in the middle of the night, Jesus was next brought before the Sanhedrin and Caiphus, the High Priest; it is here that the first physical trauma was inflicted. A soldier struck Jesus across the face for remaining silent when questioned by Caiphus. The palace guards then blind-folded Him and mockingly taunted Him to identify them as they each passed by, spat upon Him, and struck Him in the face.” -C. Truman Davis, M.D., M.S.
I don’t know how you observe this Holy day in preparation for Easter Celebration, but as the morning light is lifting I encourage you to read the story of our salvation. To hear the words of peter’s denial, to know it is our voice that calls out from the mockers, and to meditate on our Lord’s final words, “It is Finished!”