Have you ever awakened in the morning and felt that there was something bad going to happen? You ever have the gut feeling that it wasn’t going to turn out quite like you’d hope?
Many centuries ago, Jesus, who lived His life by faith in God, which included being led by the Holy Spirit, woke up on this very day, Thursday, with a feeling such as this. Even though He knew it was coming, today he knew the time was here. He thought, “Tonight, I will be with my men for the last time before my death. Tonight, I will be alone without anyone to help me. Tonight, one of my men will turn me over to the authorities.”
However, the great thing about all this is that, somehow, I believe a future flash of names began racing through His mind of all the names that would be affected by His action. I can’t help to think that on this day, years ago, the name Timothy Whitworth was on the mind of Jesus. You must be excited with me to know that on this same day, years ago, in the mind of Jesus, you were thought of too.
Today is your day! Today is my day.
He even spoke the words early that “Greater agape has no man than to lay down his life for a friend.” That’s true agape. He was willing to think of me, to think of you all and become our substitute for crimes that He did not commit.
So all through this day, He was thinking about us. Thinking about what was to transpire prior to tomorrow when He knew there was going to be great pain; great suffering.
However, in all this, He loved us still and wouldn’t think a second thought about His actions. His agape gave Him peace and contentment. I’ve learned that about agape.
His agape is so peaceful and easy. Agape won’t let you be selfish or demand expectations from others. It is serving to others. It will cause you to do things that you never thought you’d do. It will motivate you to say things you never dreamed you would say. You will marvel at the overwhelming explosiveness in your spirit toward others.
This is what Jesus was feeling on that Thursday about us. About you. About me.
Today is our day.
That’s what I think about it.