Then Jesus said to them, “All of you will be made to stumble because of Me this night, for it is written: ‘I will strike the Shepherd, And the sheep will be scattered.’”
Thursday of Holy Week was Jesus’ last day to be with His disciples. He observes the Passover meal, washes the feet of the disciples and then goes out to the garden to pray.
The loneliness of Jesus must be considered. He was with His disciples everyday and loved them very much. He spent time explaining deep things so they would understand.
Thursday night as Jesus was arrested and taken away He was removed from those closest to Him. Jesus had so much time invested into making sure they would continue the work He started.
The disciples were hiding because of fear of the Jews. They didn’t want to be arrested like Jesus. So they left and Jesus was alone.
Loneliness is a form of suffering. It is not good for man to be alone. God intended for us to have fellowship with others and to have close relationships.
Just before Jesus was arrested He spent quality time with disciples eating and singing together. The disciples had no clue of what was to happen the next day.
It is important that we build relationships with people for the sake of glorifying God. We are to be encouragers and we are to be encouraged as well. Relationships that are healthy make for a great blessing.
Who do you have in your life today that you can encourage? Maybe just being with that person is a blessing. Cherish the relationships you have.
Lord, I know You love me and have given me what I need the most. Thank You for loving me with an everlasting love. Help me to love others with the same love.