On the Way to the Cross
In a matter of hours, Jesus would
be betrayed by one of his own, tried before the Jewish council, and sentenced
to death. And Jesus knew that. He would have to leave behind his followers and
carry the cross to the execution site.
There he would suffer ridicule,
torture, and most bitter of all, God's rejection. He would die as a ransom for
the sins of the world and be buried. Then he would be raised to life and return
to his glorious kingdom in heaven.
At this moment of departure, the
Lord Jesus shared an evening meal with his disciples. John, a disciple of
Jesus, recorded an important event that took place during this meal. The Lord
Jesus "rose from supper, laid aside his garments, and girded himself with
a towel. Then he poured water into a basin, and began to wash the disciples'
feet, and to wipe them with the towel with which he was girded" (John 13:4,5).