The truth we need to know as we walk with Jesus on His journey to the cross; Jesus knew that He had to do so, in order to pay for sin and He went willingly because He loves us all.
As a result, Jesus set out for Jerusalem to celebrate the Passover because He knew that the time had come to complete His God-given mission. Before He fulfilled this calling, however, Jesus himself needed encouragement. Along the way, He stopped at the home of His friends in Bethany and attended a dinner held in His honor. We must understand that Jesus was fully God,but He was also completely human, with physical needs and emotions too! When He suffered later in the garden of Gethsemane, Jesus needed His closest friends to be near Him. Just as Jesus stop in Bethany to connect with His friends to spent time with Lazarus, whom Jesus had raised from the dead not long ago. What an assurance that Jesus himself would rise again too!
We all need encouragement and love from friends. Please keep in mind, having good friends who can stand with you is so important and Jesus is one who never fail you! Father, there are so many lonely people in this world. Help us to learn from our best friend Jesus how to be a friend to others too! Amen.