Thursday, April 1, 2010

NIPTO, Day 53

Ahh... today has been a full day, and it's not even noon yet! We spent the morning cleaning the house... Cleaning isn't that bad, we decided, when you're doing it for someone... which I guess you should always be doing it for someone. God.
Colossians 3:23-Whatever you do, work at it with all your heart, as working for the Lord, not for men. 
That's a good verse to remember when you're doing something you don't particularly like doing! 

The Last Supper:
Matthew 26:17-29

What I find interesting about this is the fact that Judas had already agreed to betray Jesus. He kind of had to play along with the other disciples and pretend like he was surprised, but he knew what was going to happen. He couldn't deny it. It's just so interesting.

Mark 14:12-25

Mark doesn't include the thing about Judas. He just says that all the disciples were "greatly saddened" by this. I find it so fascinating how the different writers portray the same event.

Luke 22:7-22

Luke doesn't go into detail about Judas either. But he does include something that Matthew&Mark don't include: The Son of Man will go as it has been decreed, but woe to the man who betrays him-vv. 22

John 13:1-38

Oh John... the different writer. I'm not sure what the percentage is, but John is significantly different from Matthew, Mark, and Luke. I've been told the percentage like, 5 times, but that doesn't help me =P Anyways: John includes the washing of the disciple's feet in his "Passover Story." None of the other writers do. After Jesus washes the disciple's feet, he basically tells them to do the same thing for other believers. Then he tells them that the one that he hands the bread to is going to betray him. Jesus then hands the bread to Judas Iscariot. There's a strange little verse, verse 27(a)-As soon as Judas took the bread, Satan entered into him.  Only then does Judas go and notify the chief priests&elders... Weird. John is the one book that says that he made plans to betray Jesus after the Passover feast... unless I'm getting things way wrong :)

Jesus comforts the disciples:
John 14:1-16:33

This is another "oddity" of James'. None of the other books have it. But these chapters are fantastic. They're words of comfort. And the very last verse is my favorite. It's one of my all-time favorite verses too :) John 16:33-I have told you these things, so that in me you may have peace. In this world you will have trouble. But take heart! For I have overcome the world. Isn't that awesome?? I love it :D

Matthew 26:36-46

Oh my goodness. These 10 verses are crazy packed with crazy things. Jesus goes to pray. Jesus is crazy stressed. He leaves the disciples a ways away. They fall asleep. Jesus goes to them and rebukes them. He goes back to praying... they fall asleep... again. Jesus tells them to get up. "Here comes my betrayer."

Mark 14:32-42

This is basically the same as above. Just in a little bit different context.

Luke 22:40-46

This is a little different. Luke gives us a few more details... like this: an angel came and strengthened Jesus. And this one: Jesus was so distraught that he sweat blood. That's intensity right there. I mean, how many people can say that they've literally sweat blood? Not many, right? It's crazy. It's amazing. It's unbelievable. Jesus went through all this... not even just this, there's more to come, for me. You. Me. The world. If you were the only person on the earth, Jesus would've died to save you. It's crazy how much he loves us :)

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