We just came home from our church’s Passover Seder. Wow–what a treat to celebrate the Passover meal this evening with our friends and church family, the same meal that has been celebrated now for many millenia to usher in the Holy Week!
A few weeks ago, Ellie and I were off to Disneyland for a quick morning trip in the park. As passholders, it’s a privilege to go to the park for just a quick trip and then back out before naptime. We set off for Fantasyland, that part of the Magic Kingdom where height restrictions don’t exist and where we can easily find a ride or two for my little two-year-old. During our last few visits, the Peter Pan ride had either been closed for repairs, had an extremely long line, or as it was one time we waited, the ride malfunctioned just as we were about to get on it.
This ride is one of my favorites. You’re in a suspended-from-the-ceiling pirate ship that appears to be floating, just as in the movie, allowing you to see the sights below—a miniature London complete with Big Ben, Neverland and a few scenes from Barrie’s story Peter and Wendy.
Needless to say, I was excited to share this ride with my baby girl when we visited. And so we waited. As I explained what we would see on the ride, I could see my own excitement and desire in sharing these things with her, in passing on the fun of what awaited us. There was a fleeting thought of Jesus’ words to His disciples at the Passover meal celebrated tonight: “I have greatly desired to share this Passover meal with you” (Luke 22). I have greatly desired to share with you, this. And this is the picture I had as I waited for the line to go forward, thinking thoughts of “Dear one, it’s almost here. This ride that I’ve wanted us to go on for some time now.” So it was similarly for Jesus with His disciples.
Clarke’s Commentary on the Bible says that these words of Jesus best translate as “with desire I have desired.” He writes that it is as if “our Lord’s meaning seems to be, that, having purposed to redeem a lost world by his blood, he ardently longed for the time in which he was to offer himself up. Such love did the holy Jesus bear to the human race.”
And so as we love and yearn and desire great things for others, may we have this perspective in mind. As we enter this Easter season, may we remember that our Lord Jesus willingly—no, longingly—went to the Cross so that He could convey to us something we couldn’t have otherwise. That is a “wonderful thought” that would lift anyone off the ground.
He is risen!
He is risen indeed!