Oh What a Night
Before the Passover celebration, Jesus knew that his hour had come
to leave this world and return to his Father. He now showed the
disciples the full extent of his love. NLT
was preached April 17, 2003, at FBC Toulon, by Albert
Harmon. See it at ToulonBaptist.com
Have you ever had one of those nights. You know, a night
when every thing bad that could happen happened.
Well for Jesus this was such a night. But it was not unexpected.
He knew that that time had come. He knew all that was to transpire
but He continued on with it all.
The Scripture that covers this dusk to dawn period in Jesus life
is fuller than any other period. In John's Gospel in comprises a
major portion. So tonight we cannot take time to read all of these
passages but we do want to note some of the things that happened to
Jesus on that momentous night.
- It was a night of betrayal.
- Judas had already agreed with the Jews to betray Him.
- He would very soon take the cue from Jesus to do what he
was going to do quickly.
- He had already conspired for thirty pieces of silver.
- But not until he allowed himself to be fully under the
control of Satan would he fulfill is dreadful plan and betray
the Son of God with a kiss.
- It was a night of prayer
- We often see Jesus rising early to pray.
- He is often said to pray all night.
- But here is the first glimpse into the struggle for ours
souls and the victory over sin and death.
- Here we see Him sweat as it were Luke says great drops of
blood as He prayed in the garden.
- But John has another who account of that night of prayer
found in John 17.
- There we see the plan of God laid out as it were from
eternity and just now coming to pass in due time as Jesus
willingly lays down His life for the sheep.
- It was a night of bickering and strife.
- The disciples are so out of touch with the events of the
day that they have been bickering as to which one of them would
be the greatest.
- When in the midst of Jesus most trying hour the disciples
are concerned about earthly things rather than spiritual.
- They had no concept of their kingdom duties or
- It was a night of humility.
- So Jesus the Son of God takes on His lowest station yet in
life and proceeds to was the disciples feet.
- Each of them were far too proud to do that for one
- What is most amazing is that this was more than an object
lesson for Jesus really was that kind of a servant.
- It was a night of shallow dedication.
- In all of this night a contention arises between Peter and
- Jesus lovingly tells Peter that his dedication is not
really as strong as he thinks.
- Peter vows to go to prison and even death with Jesus this
- But Jesus reveals the shallowness of Peters dedication by
revealing that Peter will deny even knowing Jesus, not once or
twice but three times.
- But don't forget the others.
- They too make their shallow empty promises, but they too
will all forsake Him and flee for their lives leaving Jesus to
suffer and die alone.
- It was a night of great promise
- For you see none of these things were a surprise to
- He knew that this was His hour and all that it
- So He set before them a continual ordinance that tells us
of what Jesus planned to do on their behalf.
- That He intended to give His body to be broken for them and
- That He intended to pour out His blood as a coving for our
sins in order to give us forgiveness.