Day 7 I Wednesday April 17, 2019
The attack on Pearl Harbor on December 7, 1941 is still to this day the seventh deadliest event in the history of the United States. This surprise attack took the lives of over 2,400 people and the impacts of this mass loss was felt across the entire nation. Until the time of 7:48 that morning, the day appeared to be very routine and regular day with no reason to believe otherwise. This had to be a similar mindset that was present within the disciples on the morning they awoke to share the Passover meal with Jesus. They too had no reason to believe that anything would be different about that day. Much like how the attack on Pearl Harbor helped shape the way our country is today, the events that took place on the day of the Passover meal, a multitude of facets of our faith as Christians.
This day is often referred to as Maundy Thursday and as we read the events that took place with Jesus and His disciples, it is easy to see that Jesus' love is showered over every dialogue and action that took place. Love is the new commandment given on this night by Jesus after he has washed the disciples' feet .... "Love one another as I have loved you." But the disciples don't fully comprehend how deeply Jesus has loved them. After all they had been through, it took a king on his knees with a towel around his waist to prove to them the loving, servant heart of God (what if our President, or a king, were to wash the feet of a bunch of fishermen today? What if it were your feet? Would you be overtaken with emotion at the action of love or would you be like Peter and be in a state of confusion?
We as humans have an innate ability to show "situational affection". If someone has hurt or upset us, we like to either write them off and avoid all interaction with them or we choose to play nice in person and change our face when we walk away. The command that Jesus left with his disciples did not stop at the surface and He proved that by choosing to continue to love Judas in the midst of Judas betraying Him. Have you ever been in a position where you had a choice to keep the order that Jesus gave and to show love to someone even though you already had the knowledge that they hurt you in some way? How difficult was it? While we will continue to struggle with love winning over anger, hurt, or resentment, we must continue to remember that Jesus already knew the person who betrayed Him ahead of time and still was able to love Judas in the midst of the pain.