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Jesus needed the support of his disciples

What is going on in Luke 22:15 And he said to them, “I have earnestly desired to eat this Passover with you before I suffer”?

Is Luke giving us a glimpse of the humanity of Jesus at this crucial point?  As I read this yesterday, I wondered why it was so important for Jesus to eat with the disciples.  I think it was more than just so we would have a model for communion.  Jesus expresses an urgency to eat this last supper, this final eating with his disciples and friends (yes, they were his friends). Jesus needed the support of his disciples.

Wondering if I had a bad translation or not so I looked at the verse this morning and discovered that Luke used both a verb and a noun to express this longing of Jesus.  Luke says Jesus longed (epithumeo) with longing (epithumia).  Epithumia (noun form) is more often translated as lust in the NT and so it is a word that expresses a strong or passionate longing.  In this case, it is a healthy longing, in other cases, the context makes clear epithumia is often a disordered desire.

What am I trying to say?  Jesus needed to be strengthened by his disciples before he was to suffer.  He models for us  vulnerability and relationship that some of us find uncomfortable. God never intends for us to face trials all alone.

What trial or test are you currently facing for which you desperately need to draw strength from others?

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