|During this Holy Week we will talk about some significant events that took place during Christ’s crucifixion and resurrection. We will focus on:|
The Last Supper
SCRIPTURE TEXT: “Then He took a loaf and after thanking God He broke it and gave it to them with these words, “This is My Body which is given for you: do this in remembrance of Me.” So too He gave them a cup after supper with these words, “This cup is the new agreement made in My own Blood which is shed for you.” – Luke 22 : 19
Just as, at Christmas time, Christians celebrate the birth of Jesus, so at Passover time, the Jews celebrate the occasion when God delivered their nation from Egypt where they had been enslaved. The Passover feast was one of the highlights of the year and Jesus longed to share this special meal with His closest friends, His disciples.
The disciples were never to forget this particular occasion, partly because it was to prove to be the last meal they would eat with Jesus before His death and partly because of the things Jesus did on this occasion. John describes one of the surprises Jesus sprung on that particular evening: “Jesus…rose from the supper-table, took off His outer clothes, picked up a towel and fastened it around His waist. Then He poured water into the basin and began to wash the disciples’ feet and to dry them with the towel around His waist…When Jesus had washed their feet and put on His clothes, He sat down again and spoke to them: ‘Do you realize what I have just done to you? You call Me ‘Teacher’ and ‘Lord’ and are quite right, for I am your Teacher and your Lord. But if I your Teacher and Lord, have washed your feet, you must be ready to wash one another’s feet. I have given you this example so that you may do as I have done.”-John 13: 4-15
In washing His friends’ feet, Jesus had performed the most menial task imaginable. His challenge to us is: “Love one another as I have loved you.”
Like every host at this particular meal, Jesus took bread and distributed it to His friends. Then took a cup of wine and blessed it.
“After supper He took another cup of wine and said, “This cup is the new covenant between God and His people—an agreement confirmed with My blood, which is poured out as a sacrifice for you. But here at this table, sitting among us as a friend, is the man who will betray me. For it has been determined that the Son of Man must die. But what sorrow awaits the one who betrays Him.” The disciples began to ask each other which of them would ever do such a thing.” -Luke 22:20-23 (NLT)