“And when they had sung an hymn, they went out into the Mount of Olives”
Matthew 26:30 (KJV)
I love this verse!
Not just that Jesus and His disciples sang a hymn but because of the timing. He knew and yet He sang!
It was Passover and Jesus had just given the reason for the Passover. As the first Passover was about the Exodus of God’s chosen people; the death angel coming by and if one had the blood of the Lamb on the doorpost and the upper post (which must have looked like a cross), the death angel would pass by. “When I see the blood, I will pass over you,” (Exodus 12:13) It was a picture of The Lord Jesus Christ, the Lamb of God and His redemptive work on the Cross. Jesus then told His disciples what was to happen as He broke the bread and poured the wine.
“This is my body which is broken for you; this do in remembrance of me.”
“Likewise also the cup after supper, saying, This cup is the new testament in my blood which is shed for you.”
He knew what was ahead and before He went to the Garden of Gethsemane to pray, plead with the Father and in obedience, to present Himself willing to shed His blood for you and for me. “O my Father, if it be possible, let this cup pass from me; nevertheless, not my will, but as Thou wilt.” John 26:39.
Three times He prayed, so intensely, He literally sweat drops of blood. (Luke 22:44) He knew what “this cup” meant and yet, He sang a hymn with His disciples before they went to the Garden to pray. The betrayal, the false accusations, the jeers from the crowds, the sorrow, the pain, the agony of the cross, The Father turning His back as His only begotten, sinless Son bore our sin in His body, the death, the burial and the resurrection – He knew all of this would happen but He gave His life a ransom so that we might have eternal life. Oh, what a Savior!
Do you know Him? Have you received His wonderful gift of salvation?
I have chosen my Mom’s favorite hymn for today’s melody. Each verse of this song tells of His great love for us. It is the Gospel in song. Click on the link below for the music and lyrics. I hope you will sing along with me!
Living, He loved me; dying, He saved me;
Buried, He carried my sins far away;
Rising, He justified freely forever:
One day He’s coming—O glorious day!