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When the hour came,
Jesus and his apostles reclined at the table.
And he said to them,

“I have eagerly desired to eat this Passover with you before I suffer.
For I tell you,

I will not eat it again until it finds fulfillment in the kingdom of God.”
Luke 22:14-16

The Easter weekend is upon us.

betrayal-last-supper

Today is known as Maundy Thursday … the day to remember the final, or last, supper shared by the twelve disciples, and their leader, Jesus. A meal held after sunset, in a rented room. I wonder if Jesus was able to eat … surely knowing what the hours to come would hold … betrayal, denial, arrest, torture, humiliation, death … separation from His Father …

Jesus knew what timing was all about … not the timing of others, not even his own timing, but God’s timing …

 While they were there, the time came for the baby to be born, and she gave birth to her firstborn, a son.”
Luke 2:6-7

“But when the set time had fully come, God sent his Son, born of a woman, born under the law, to redeem those under the law, that we might receive adoption to sonship.”
Galatians 4:4

When the time of their purification according to the Law of Moses had been completed, Joseph and Mary took him to Jerusalem to present him to the Lord.” Luke 2:22

“When the wine was gone, Jesus’ mother said to him, “They have no more wine.” “Woman, why do you involve me?” Jesus replied. “My hour has not yet come. John 2:3-4

“When the devil had finished all this tempting, he left him until an opportune time.” Luke 4:13

“Every day I was with you in the temple courts, and you did not lay a hand on me. But this is your hour—when darkness reigns.” Luke 22:53

The timing of the events in the life of Jesus were perfect and known only to God the Father. Just as the events of our life are perfect and known only by Him. What we often do not realize is that the timing is God’s perfect timing, not ours.

I imagine that Mary did not think that being in labor, while riding a donkey, with no place to give birth, was not perfect timing … but we can see how the timing of the provision of the stable-cave showed God’s provision, and enhanced the humble king that Jesus was to be.

There are times in our lives when the timing has been poor, and it seems God was late in answering our prayers … but we see things with human eyes, limited by our lifespans … God sees with eternal eyes, limitless!

Until He returns, in God’s perfect timing, we are waiting.

“For still the vision awaits its appointed time;
it hastens to the end
—it will not lie.
If it seems slow,
wait for it;
it will surely come;
it will not delay.”
Habakkuk 2:3

 

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