And when they had sung an hymn, they went out into the mount of Olives Matthew 26:30
To read: Matthew 26:26-30 and Revelation 5:6-12
Jesus did not only weep. The Saviour also did sing. The hymns of Israel came off of His lips. At home, in the synagogue; on His way to Jerusalem; in the temple. All during His Life the Redeemer did sing until His hour of death. Were not His Words the cross Words of the Psalms? Were not the Messianic Psalms not His very own Hymns?
Likewise Jesus also sung in the Upper-Room where He broke the unleavened bread, where they ate the Passover lamb and drank the fruit of the grapevine. For Passover supper was finished by a Hymn. That’s the way it happened that Passover Night in all of Jerusalem in all Israeli families and so did Jesus.
Yet it isn’t a matter-course, that Jesus was singing at the Last Supper. This Hymn does belong to this moment, however, not only in relation to the Judean liturgy but to the Liturgy of Jesus Christ Himself. Liturgy has everything to do with the temple service in the sanctuary and the offer dedicated to God and the priest serving in the sanctuary was dedicating the offer in God’s Presence.
As the priest in Israel held the service in the temple. Likewise Jesus sings the Hymn in the sanctuary of His suffering. For the great Priest, Who finishes and fulfills the Judean liturgy. Singing hymns belonged to His Work to be fulfilled. Not only that He has to sing but also what He has to sing. For in this Hymn God reminds Him to His heavenly Calling.
When the first cup was passed around Psalms 113 an 114 were sung to praise God for the Passover, the exodus and being free from the Egyptian bondage, where the supper as the fruit of atonement was celebrated. The Psalms 115 to 118 were sung, as thanksgiving hymns to glorify the LORD.
Why had Jesus to sing the praise hymns, when a very dark night of death was awaiting Him? Wasn’t it a time to weep or at least to be a time of quiet?
But Jesus knew better. During the Feast of Passover hymns had to be sung for the Night of Passover brings the Day of Redemption. Especially this Night when the Passover Lamb would be sacrificed. The Saviour is singing the Hymn of the Lamb. The Passover Lamb is singing His own Hymn.
Herewith the Saviour us showing His Willingness and Obedience to fulfill His Temple Service. When He came to this world angels were singing. Now the angels are silent not to mention mankind. Now, however the Hymn is a most beautiful praise climbing to the high Heavens above and to depth of hell. It is the praise Hymn about eternity, death and the conquering and triumphant Love.
The Saviour Who is going to die is singing His last Psalm, the Passover Psalm, sung in the shadow death. For the ties that bind with the God of Israel, the God of Life will not be broken.
But listen to what the Saviour is singing: –Psalms 118:13,14,17-21
- 13/ Thou hast thrust sore at Me that I might fall: but the LORD helped Me.
- 14/ The LORD is My Strength and Song, and is become My Salvation.
- 15/ I shall not die, but live, and declare the Works of the LORD.
- 17/ The LORD hath chastened Me sore: but He hath not given Me over unto
- 18/ Open to Me the gates of righteousness: I will go into them, and I will praise the LORD
- 20/ This gate of the LORD, into which the righteous shall enter
- 21/ I will praise Thee: for Thou hast heard Me, and art become My Salvation
In the first place for Him, but also for His own. For He does not sing for Himself. He is singing as the serving Priest, who atones all things that were necessary to breach the gap between God and His people. The Saviour sings in the power of Love while the voices of mankind are hardly heard because of the heavy burden of sin. This Hymn is responding to the very corners of our life while light shines upon us during the day and darkness shrouds us at night.
With the Hymn of triumph in His heart and on His lips He goes forth to Mount Olive; on His way to the depth of Gethsemane and Golgotha. The Saviour knows what is coming to Him, yet He sings with all confidence of Passover. The Hymn points Him to the way of suffering and separation of sorrow and scorn, but it is also the way to victory and glory. It will be the way to His exodus that has to be fulfilled on that Hill of Golgotha in Jerusalem.
Now is fulfilled the prophecy of this Hymn and this praise is getting its true meaning. New Life begins.
In the first place for Him, but also for His own. For He does not sing for Himself. He is singing as the serving Priest, Who atones all things that were necessary to breach the gap between God and His people. The Saviour sings in the power of Love while the voices of mankind are hardly heard because of the heavy burden of sin. This Hymn is responding to the very corners of our life while light shines upon us during the day and darkness shrouds us at night.
The Echo of Jesus’ Praise in the night will never stop during our battle in life. She will increase to a powerful glory in heaven, the praise of eternal worship, the praise of the 144.000 who are bought and are following from the lips of Jesus Christ. That’s why they will sing for the throne of God and of the Lamb.