Imagine what was going through Jesus' mind during this short period of rest in the most fateful week of His life. He entered Jerusalem in triumph on Sunday, overturned the money-changer's tables Monday for turning God's House, the Temple, into a bazaar. Then on Tuesday the Chief Priests and scribes challenged Him in all that He said, clearly hoping to goad Him into committing blasphemy in His responses, after which he delivered His startling discourse about the future and what would happen to the world to His Disciples on the Mount of Olives. And now, with time to ponder what would be taking place, He likely was being approached by Satan in his attempts to convince Him not to follow through on His mission to save the world. Satan knew what the future would hold for him if Jesus gave Himself up on the Cross. If he could convince Jesus, Satan would be safe on earth and freedom from sin through Jesus would not be attained. Remember, while Jesus was of God, He also was a mortal at that time and susceptible to the weaknesses of man if he allowed it.
Surely Jesus prayed to God asking that He be spared while also realizing that God would not relent on the task. So His mind was likely troubled by human thoughts while He had to maintain a steady appearance of calm for His flock. It had to be very difficult to do that since the others anticipated a typical Passover experience while Jesus knew it would be one that would change the world.
Turning in for a quiet night, it is certain that He pondered the Last Supper to come in the morrow. He likely thought of His presentation of Holy Communion as a remembrance of Him which He would teach his followers on that occasion as well as what would follow in the Garden and after His capture and trial in the morning hours of Good Friday. Again, we must remember that while He was both a Man and God, his mortal side was weak, yet His godly side was strong enough to stay the course even though He knew in advance exactly what would take place.
He would awaken the next day as God's plan was next headed for the crucial stages that we are all taught routinely as tenets of the Christian faith, yet we still hunger for the words which define us, encourage us in our faith and lead to our eternity. How fortunate we are to have an Eternal Father who loves us so much to do these things for we mere mortals. We are truly blessed and we should never be afraid based upon the outcome that will soon follow in this most precious of stories. Maundy Thursday will follow tomorrow with the presentation of the Holy Sacrament of Communion, followed by His arrest.