Jesus spent his last day with his disciples. He instructed two of them to go into town and find a man who was carrying water. It was unusual for a man to carry water in those days because it was a woman’s duty. Most theologians believe that the man was Mark whose mother was wealthy. She had a large room that today we call the Upper Room. In that location Jesus came with the rest of the disciples to observe the Passover meal.
Because they were either too proud or overlooked the ritual of washing the feet of a guest, Jesus reprimanded them and himself washed everyone’s feet. Afterwards he instituted what we call the Lord’s Supper or Communion. He instructed them that this was representative of the new covenant in his blood that would soon be shed. Ever since then, the Christian church has observed this new covenant. More details following……
After the meal, they made their way to the Garden of Gethsemane where Jesus sought to pray. In the meantime, Judas joined the enemies of Jesus and led them to the garden so that he could betray Jesus with a kiss. Jesus was bound and led to an illegal series of trials by the leaders of the Sanhedrin Court. He was also put before King Herod who wanted him to do magic tricks. Knowing that it was illegal for them to put Jesus to death, they appealed to the Roman governor Pilot. Succumbing to the pressure of the crowd, he washed his hands saying that this man’s blood was not on his hands. Pilot’s wife warned him ahead of time that she had a dream in which her husband should not have anything to do with the chaos involving the just man named Jesus.
Then began a series of detestable treatment for Christ. During the whole nighttime with no sleep, no food, and no water. He was beaten with what is called a cat of nine tails that were nine links of leather with sharp objects embedded in each end. Throughout the night he was shoved and pushed and hit. Jesus was spat upon; his beard was pulled out by its roots.
This is an artist conception of what Jesus looked like BEFORE he was put on the cross: