Day Five: Mountain/Valley
On Thursday evening, Jesus and His disciples prepared to share the Passover supper. That meal would be the last of Jesus’ earthly ministry. The room was prepared. The table was set. Jesus prayed a blessing over their meal, and as the bread was broken and the cup passed, He gave those elements new significance. He equated the broken bread to His body, broken for them in death. A cup of wine now illustrated the power of a blood covenant: His blood shed for them.
But if you look closely, Jesus also gave a prophetic picture of hope after His death, alluding to His resurrection.
He told His disciples that the next time He would drink from the vine would be with them in His Father’s Kingdom. Right there, in that moment, Jesus gently reminded them that the grave is not the end, but a means to the future. As He prepared for death, He also prepared His friends for a new life they had never experienced.
Even on the eve of betrayal, persecution and death, Jesus revealed His plans to give each of us a hope and a future! Are you in the fight of your life? Have you been waiting on the fulfillment of a promise? The word of the Lord for you is this: lift up your head! God is using this season, as difficult as it may be, to prepare you for what is to come.
Have you experienced moments of hopelessness? How does this truth bring those moments into perspective?
How do you think God may be preparing you in this season for the next?