I am certain that none of the guests were aware of what was about to take place. They had returned to Jerusalem from parts of Judea and Galilee because the traditional time for celebrating the Feast of Unleavened Bread was taking place just before the Passover. As the disciples and Jesus came into the city, He asked them to go ahead of Him to make preparations for the Passover. They knew what to do, but they had no idea how significant this Passover would be.
As they began eating the meal, Jesus tells them; “I have earnestly desired to eat this Passover with you before I suffer” (Luke 22:15). The circumstances and timing of this meal had more meaning than anyone could imagine. It was the end of Jesus’ public ministry. Though He had often warned the disciples about His impending trial, suffering, death and resurrection, they still were not making the connections with Old Testament prophecies and His words with current events.
This Passover meal would never be forgotten. Taking bread and a Seder cup, Jesus began a new tradition, based on His impending sacrifice, so that the disciples and every disciple after them would remember Him through the bread, His body, and the cup, the new covenant in His blood. It was simple, but profound because it centered their remembrance (and ours) on Jesus, NOTHING ELSE. It must not be just a ritual or performance, but moments of abandoned love and appreciation for His Person; who He is and what He has done for us.
I fear this remembrance has evolved in many churches into a ritual with little meaning and application to the heart and life. It is my conviction that when the Church renews its understanding of God’s purpose for the Church, we will also renew our love for the Lord’s Supper. “Do this in remembrance of Me” will no longer be just words in the Bible, but a living command to represent and proclaim Him to the world (22:19, also 1 Corinthians 11:26).
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