Struggling through tough times can make it hard to see the big picture. Isn’t it remarkable that in Jesus’ time of greatest turmoil, His focus wasn’t on the pain but on the gain!
In Luke 22:15 , “Jesus said to them, “I’ve had a deep desire to eat this Passover with you before I suffer.“” Why would Jesus have a “deep desire” to have this meal with His disciples? As I checked into this verse, I realized that it was because Jesus was looking past His suffering and was focused on the results it would bring. Even this close to enduring utter humiliation, torture and death, He was seeing the bigger picture! Amazing! “He saw the joy ahead of him, so he endured death on the cross and ignored the disgrace it brought him.” (Heb.12:2)
So what was this big picture He was focused on?
- His obedience would bring glory to the Father
Wasn’t that what Jesus was all about? His life wasn’t about Him, it was about fulfilling the Father’s plan. He never said or did anything except what His Father told Him. He was obedient to death. His obedience brought much glory to the Father!
- The redemption of man
Jesus allowed his blood to be shed so our sins could be forgiven and we could therefore come boldly into the Father’s presence! The restoration of a “Garden of Eden” like connection between the Creator and His creation was in the heart of Jesus when He ate that Last Supper with His disciples.
- The beginning of a New Covenant
Through Jesus death and resurrection the rules and rituals of the ceremonial law or Old Covenant were made obsolete. Remember how the thick, heavy curtain that separated and protected the Holy of Holies was torn in two the moment Jesus died? God wanted everyone to know that because the penalty for sin was now paid, the way was open to have a new, close, personal relationship with Him. This relationship was so close and personal that His Word and will would be in us. (Jer. 33:31) His presence wasn’t just in the Holy of Holies. By faith He would live in us! How much closer and personal can you get?
So what does this mean for us today?
- No matter what we’re going through we need to keep our eyes on the big picture. We know that God has a plan and a purpose for our lives (Jer. 29:11) and we need to trust Him to carry it out!
- Let’s remember the incredible price that Jesus paid so we could be free from sin and enjoy an intimate relationship with our Father God. Let our remembering lead us to truly walk in the freedom He paid for. Because when we do people will be drawn to us and we will be able to share the Good News of the gospel with them and we will bring glory to the Father!