For about three years, the disciples followed Jesus Christ and then they witnessed him die on a cross. Can you imagine the let-down they must have felt as the one that they believed would be their Savior is now dead and hanging on a cross? They had great expectations for what Jesus was going to accomplish for them. They truly believed that he was going to empower Israel. These and many other expectations came to a quick end as they witnessed this tragedy. What they didn’t understand was God had a different plan. God’s plan was much greater than freeing Israel. God was about to free all of humanity and defeat the power of death.
Many of our life disappointments are formed from our misunderstanding of what God is doing. Many times, our expectations are self motivated and not given of God, therefore when the plan doesn’t go the way we expected, we ultimately lose hope. But as the disciples realized later on, God’s plan is much better than our own.
‘When the hour had come, He reclined at the table, and the apostles with Him. And He said to them, “I have earnestly desired to eat this Passover with you before I suffer; for I say to you, I shall never again eat it until it is fulfilled in the kingdom of God.” And when He had taken a cup and given thanks, He said, “Take this and share it among yourselves; for I say to you, I will not drink of the fruit of the vine from now on until the kingdom of God comes.” And when He had taken some bread and given thanks, He broke it and gave it to them, saying, “This is My body which is given for you; do this in remembrance of Me.” And in the same way He took the cup after they had eaten, saying, “This cup which is poured out for you is the new covenant in My blood. But behold, the hand of the one betraying Me is with Mine on the table. For indeed, the Son of Man is going as it has been determined; but woe to that man by whom He is betrayed!” And they began to discuss among themselves which one of them it might be who was going to do this thing. ‘