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DWELLING ON JESUS

October 6, 2012

Saturday

Jesus’ Song – Matthew 26:26-30

26  And whilst they were at supper, Jesus took bread and blessed and broke and gave to his disciples and said: Take ye and eat. This is my body.

27  And taking the chalice, he gave thanks and gave to them, saying: Drink ye all of this.

28  For this is my blood of the new testament, which shall be shed for many unto remission of sins.

29  And I say to you, I will not drink from henceforth of this fruit of the vine until that day when I shall drink it with you new in the kingdom of my Father.

30  And a hymn being said, they went out unto mount Olivet.

 

EXAMPLE

At the end of the Battle of Britain, British vice-marshal Alexander Adams was driving to a meeting at his headquarters when he came upon a sign: ROAD CLOSED — UNEXPLODED BOMB. Adams called over the policeman on duty, hoping he might be able to suggest an alternate route. “Sorry, you can’t go through,” said the policeman as he approached the car. “The bomb is likely to go off at any minute now.” Then he caught sight of Adams’s uniform. “I’m very sorry, sir,” he said, “I didn’t know you were a wing commander. It is quite all right for you to go through.”

With “advisors” like that, who needs enemies! Although that policeman — who was trained to respect rank — momentarily allowed his deference to a vice-marshal to overcome his good sense, Adams had better sense than to follow his advice.

– Unknown

 

LESSON

While traveling in Israel, our group visited the Mount of Olives, viewing the huge, gnarled olive trees where Jesus prayed. An indescribable emotion overpowered our group as we sat near the trees, thinking of our Lord sweating great drops of blood here. Our group was silent for a long time, then someone started to sing. Slowly, reverently, the group joined. I thought of Matthew 26:30, which is the only record of our Lord’s singing when He was on earth.

It is worthy of special notice that it was just as Jesus was starting out to Gethsemane that He sung a hymn with His disciples. It would not have seemed so strange to us if He had sung that night on the transfiguration Mount, or the day He entered Jerusalem amid the people’s hosannas. But that the only time we heard Him singing should be in the darkest night of His life is very suggestive. It tells us of the deep gladness that was in the heart of Christ under all His griefs and sorrows. He saw that cross that stood beyond Gethsemane. Yet He went out  toward the darkness with songs of praise on His lips.

We learn a lesson too, for ourselves. We should go forward with joy to meet sorrow and sacrifice when we are doing our Father’s will. We should learn to sing as we enter life’s valleys of shadow. If we look only at the sorrow before us, we cannot sing, but if we look on to the joy of victory, and the blessedness of the reward, and the ripened fruits that will come from the suffering, we can sing too, as we enter the sorest trial.

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