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Summary: The Lord's Last Supper is an admonition on how we should conduct our lives as Christians.

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Background:

• Jesus was in his final week of ministry before He would suffer and die.

• It was a time of intensity, both in Jesus’ teaching and the religious leaders’ opposition, as we have seen.

• Judas Iscariot, one of Jesus followers, had already determined to betray Jesus and turn Him over to the religious leaders.

• Jesus and His disciples were all together for the Passover meal.

• Jesus had an important teaching He wanted to demonstrate with the Passover as a backdrop.

• Mark only includes three distinctive of the Lord’s Supper for his Gentile audience, and that is intentional.

• Let’s try to get to the heart of Mark’s message.

The Passover

• The Passover was an important holiday and celebration for the Jews.

• Early in Israel’s history, the nation was being held captive in Egypt.

• God raised up Moses to lead the Children if Israel out of Egypt, back to the land of promise.

• However, the Egyptians were too accustomed to their cheap labor and refused to let them go.

• That is when God sent Moses to Pharaoh to warn him of 10 coming plagues.

• The final plague would be the most severe.

• It would be the death of the firstborn.

• It would fall upon every household, every family and every livestock herd.

• The first born would die when the angel of death passed by.

• There would be a way to be the exception to this.

• Moses instructed the Jews to select a perfect lamb that had not been mated.

• It had to be without blemish.

• Each household was to kill their lamb, paint the blood on the doorposts of the house, and cook the lamb.

• That evening, they were supposed to eat the lamb, with bitter herbs and unleavened bread.

• Small families could go together in one house.

• That night, the death angel passed by every house.

• The ones that did not obey Moses’ directions, in those homes and in their livestock, the first born died.

• The death angel passed over those who followed the instructions.

• Pretty much, the Israelites observed the Passover instructions and the Egyptians didn’t.

• So many first born Egyptians died that night.

• Many first born of their livestock died that night.

• The impact was so great in Egypt, the Egyptians not only begged the Israelites to leave, they paid them with costly treasures to leave.

• From that time, even to today, the Israelites celebrate the Passover with a meal.

• Jesus and His disciples celebrated the meal every year, but there was a special atmosphere the third year of Jesus’ ministry.

• Jesus’ popularity had never been higher, as the disciples witnessed the triumphant entry into Jerusalem with people cheering, singing, and laying their cloaks in the road.

• But the religious leaders’ hatred for Jesus had reached a high mark also.

• Something would have to give, and it seemed to the disciples that it would be a good time for Jesus to continue to rise until He ruled the earth with the power they saw demonstrated throughout His ministry.


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