Summary: This sermon can be used on Palm Sunday or any Sunday when Communion is to be served. It invites your audience to put themselves in the place of each of the 12 men who participated in the Lord’s Supper. I’d suggest you print a copy of DaVinci’s last Supp

Seeing Ourselves At The Lord’s Supper

Mark 14:12-26

12 Now on the first day of Unleavened Bread, when they killed the Passover lamb, His disciples said to Him, "Where do You want us to go and prepare, that You may eat the Passover?"

13And He sent out two of His disciples and said to them, "Go into the city, and a man will meet you carrying a pitcher of water; follow him. 14Wherever he goes in, say to the master of the house, ’The Teacher says, "Where is the guest room in which I may eat the Passover with My disciples?" ’

15Then he will show you a large upper room, furnished and prepared; there make ready for us."

16So His disciples went out, and came into the city, and found it just as He had said to them; and they prepared the Passover.

17In the evening He came with the twelve.

18Now as they sat and ate, Jesus said, "Assuredly, I say to you, one of you who eats with Me will betray Me."

19And they began to be sorrowful, and to say to Him one by one, "Is it I?" And another said, "Is it I?"

20He answered and said to them, "It is one of the twelve, who dips with Me in the dish.

21The Son of Man indeed goes just as it is written of Him, but woe to that man by whom the Son of Man is betrayed! It would have been good for that man if he had never been born."

22And as they were eating, Jesus took bread, blessed and broke it, and gave it to them and said, "Take, eat; this is My body."

23Then He took the cup, and when He had given thanks He gave it to them, and they all drank from it.

24And He said to them, "This is My blood of the new covenant, which is shed for many.

25Assuredly, I say to you, I will no longer drink of the fruit of the vine until that day when I drink it new in the kingdom of God."

26And when they had sung a hymn, they went out to the Mount of Olives.

This is Palm Sunday, the day Jesus entered Jerusalem.

Today, we’re going to go past the great celebration of that day.

We’re going to move forward several days.

It’s now the night before Jesus is crucified.

It’s only a matter of hours before Jesus will be arrested.

He will be betrayed by one of His twelve disciples.

He will be deserted by all of His disciples.

He will suffer the humiliation of illegal trials.

He will be subjected to excruciatingly painful scourging.

He will endure the mocking of evil Roman soldiers.

A crown of thorns will be jabbed down on His head.

Though He has done no wrong, Jesus will be condemned.

He will be forced to carry his heavy cross through the streets.

He will be stripped of His garments and nailed to a cross.

Less than 24 hours from now Jesus will be dead.

As we take up our Bible text for today,

The disciples have gathered in a home.

The Bible doesn’t tell us the name of the house owner.

We are told that this house had a furnished second floor.

As Jesus and His disciples gather there,

they participate in what is called a Passover Seder meal.

There are a number of foods eaten during the ritual Seder meal

on the first two nights of Passover.

The following food items traditionally appear on the Seder plate:

The Passover had been observed for centuries before Jesus’ birth.

It commemorated that time

when the Jews were in bondage in Egypt.

Moses warned Pharaoh to let his people go,

but Pharaoh hardened his heart.

So God sent death over the land to the first-born of Egypt,

but this death passed over the homes of the Jews

who had smeared lamb’s blood over their doors.

The foods eaten were symbols

to remind the Jews of their captivity in Egypt.

Applesauce was eaten to remind them of brick mortar

they were forced to use with no straw to make bricks.

A bitter herb was eaten to remind them

of the bitterness of their captivity.

A vegetable other than bitter herbs,

which was dipped into salt water,

the salt water recalls the tears the Jews shed during bondage.

Roasted lamb, reminding them of the lambs slain

to provide blood over the door posts.

It was this symbolic Passover Meal that the disciples were eating

on that night in the upper room.

Then Jesus did something that changed things.

At the conclusion of that Seder meal

Jesus added two more symbols.

He took a loaf of unleavened bread and broke it.

Then He gave it to his disciples saying: "Take, eat; this is My body."

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