Summary: Passover and the Lord’s supper. Jesus comes to us first, knowing our failure, yet pursuing a relationship anyway.
Preparing for Passover.We are finding out more of who Jesus is.The more we look – the more complex we find Jesus is.
Today we Jesus fully aware of what will happen to him, But he is in control – events do not control him, even with foreboding shadows coming Jesus is obedient to his calling. We also see that Jesus institutes the Lord’s supper with great care. The significance of this meal is astounding and those who participate in this meal lay out claims upon themselves: 1. Jesus is the True Messiah. 2. I join in all that it means to follow Jesus.
We saw that Jesus is not impressed with what we are impressed with. Jesus is Divine. Awesome Divine. Overwhelming Divine.
We pretend to think we know what Jesus is thinking – but we don’t.
Let’s begin with Jesus’ preparations for the meal. Several weeks ago we saw how Jesus Christ will go before us to prepare a way. I have a difficult situation ahead, I give it to the Lord – through prayer, He will go ahead to prepare a way for me. Here we see this concept with Jesus asking his disciples to prepare for the Passover. 13 So he sent two of his disciples, telling them, “Go into the city, and a man carrying a jar of water will meet you. Follow him. 14 Say to the owner of the house he enters, ‘The Teacher asks: Where is my guest room,
where I may eat the Passover with my disciples?’ 15 He will show you a large upper room, furnished and ready. Make preparations for us there.”
That is pretty specific. When the disciples arrive they not only find the place ready, but every detail...Every - detail. Jesus doesn’t just have everything done- He has prepared a way.
Turn Key Houses.
There are houses ready to move in called turn key houses. You fill out detailed questions and interview. Pluck down your cash and the house is built according to your likes, preferences and needs. It is fully stocked and ready to go.
You drive home. Open fridge – everything’s there – your favorite stuff.
Same with cabinets, the TV is preprogrammed to favorite channels...Open you closet new clothes, shoes – exactly your size. Prepared for you as you like it…..You still have to clean up.
The closest I’ve come is a rental car actually in the parking space they say it would be in.
We see later as the new church grows, Jesus preparing hearts ahead.
Side note: This is how it always is. Though we think it is our great skill, it is the Holy Spirit who convicts. The Holy Spirit alone. When we are in the presence of someone who becomes a Christian. It is because the Lord has Gone Ahead – prepared a way. Jesus prepares the way – so that the disciples will receive, and understand.
This is My Body….This Is My Blood. How literal should we take this?
This is what Jesus says doesn’t he? Shouldn’t we take Jesus at his word?
Three Traditions. View 1 – Take Jesus At His Word. When he says this is my body and blood, it literally is. When we have communion, Bread is Jesus body, Wine/Juice his blood.
View 2 – Jesus is using an Illustration. Bread is Bread. Wine is Wine.
Story – Was that communion?