They had eaten thousands of meals with friends in their lifetimes.
They had eaten hundreds of meals with Jesus since they began following him.
They had eaten anywhere from twenty to fifty Passover meals in their lifetimes.
And this was their third Passover meal with Jesus.
It should have seemed familiar, comfortable, relaxed.
Just a few days ago, the disciples had seen Jerusalem welcome Jesus with open arms, hailing him as the Son of David and their King.
The disciples, by association with Jesus, were coming up in the world. The world was their oyster.
Or it should have been.
But tonight, something was indefinably different.
There was a palpable sense of discomfort, of unease.
All week, Jesus had had an air about him.
He was no longer the Teacher who thoughtfully explored scripture with them, or the Healer who touched all who came to him with gentle hands and an open smile.
There was an air of determination in him that edged on desperation.
He had the look of a man who had set his face like flint, as Isaiah says, committed to do something no matter the cost. Continue reading