Holy Week Day 2 – The Last Supper

Luke 22:7-20 (ESV)

Then came the day of Unleavened Bread, on which the Passover lamb had to be sacrificed.  [8]  So Jesus sent Peter and John, saying, “Go and prepare the Passover for us, that we may eat it.”  [9]  They said to him, “Where will you have us prepare it?”  [10]  He said to them, “Behold, when you have entered the city, a man carrying a jar of water will meet you. Follow him into the house that he enters  [11]  and tell the master of the house, ‘The Teacher says to you, Where is the guest room, where I may eat the Passover with my disciples?’  [12]  And he will show you a large upper room furnished; prepare it there.”  [13]  And they went and found it just as he had told them, and they prepared the Passover.  [14]  And when the hour came, he reclined at table, and the apostles with him.  [15]  And he said to them, “I have earnestly desired to eat this Passover with you before I suffer.  [16]  For I tell you I will not eat it until it is fulfilled in the kingdom of God.”  [17]  And he took a cup, and when he had given thanks he said, “Take this, and divide it among yourselves.  [18]  For I tell you that from now on I will not drink of the fruit of the vine until the kingdom of God comes.”  [19]  And he took bread, and when he had 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.”  [20]  And likewise the cup after they had eaten, saying, “This cup that is poured out for you is the new covenant in my blood.

Reflection

The day before Jesus went to the cross started with Jesus sending Peter and John to go and get things ready for the Passover Meal that was the cornerstone festival for the Jewish nation. It reminded them of the way God delivered them from slavery in Egypt. Every part of the meal has significance and represents something special. 

Right up front one of the things this account asks of us is, does Jesus have the right to our house? In this account, Jesus seems to have access to this nameless person’s home to have a feast. Does Jesus have complete access to our homes, to the most intimate places of our lives? Sometimes we don’t want to be vulnerable because we doubt what people will do with that kind of access but what if like in this account Jesus doesn’t use that access to hurt or to open us up to ridicule but instead chooses to make himself at home. 

Secondly, we see Jesus take the bread and associate it with not with what had happened during the Passover in Egypt but he associates it with something that was going to happen. He associates the broken bread with his body that was going to be broken for them. In doing this he was saying that this bread now represents something brand new. A new thing is happening here. This bread is now associated not with the Passover feast but with my body and we know through the writings of Isaiah and Peter that through the brokenness of His body we receive healing. Jesus was pointing to our healing through the bread of communion.

Thirdly, Jesus takes the wine and says this is the new covenant in my blood. In saying this Jesus was saying the Old Covenant had been fulfilled and a new, better covenant was about to come into effect. This covenant was established through the shedding not of an animal sacrifice once a year but through the blood of Jesus once and for all. 

The wine of communion represents the new covenant that means we walk in forgiveness and righteousness because Jesus took our place so we could walk in His. 

Lastly, the amazing thing about all the events that happen during this meal is that the disciples didn’t realize what was happening until much later. That didn’t change the power of that moment. God’s power at work in our lives right now is not determined by our capacity to understand what He is doing right now. He is greater than our capacity to grasp Him and He will continue to love and guide us through it all.

 

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