Summary: Jesus wanted to celebrate the Passover with His disciples but He also desired to establish another remembrance for them... a remembrance of what was about to take place! Let's take a look at that Last Supper in the upper room and just what it meant to Jes
Set the stage:
Jesus knew what was happening… Jesus knew what was about to occur, and Jesus wanted to spend one last night with the men He had trained and grown to love…
Read passage here Luke 22:14-20…
The Lord’s Supper has long been tied to the Passover meal as it is a remembrance of what God has done and how those of us who have been saved were delivered!
v.14 shares, “When the hour came…” this phrase could simply be Luke sharing that it was time for Jesus to share the Passover meal… OR this could be a deeper statement speaking to the ‘hour’ had come for Jesus to fulfill His mission… as this is the entrance into the Passion encounter for Jesus.
v. 15 – “I have eagerly desired…” speaks to Jesus’ sentiment that He had looked forward to this moment. I am sure that in the previous years they had shared a Passover meal… BUT… this one was going to be special!
Although Jesus knew about it, the disciples were NOT aware of what was about to happen, and Jesus understood that this would be His last opportunity to sit, eat and share with these men… before He was crucified.
Jesus had longed to teach them about the NEW COVENANT and this was going to be the night… He had looked forward to this moment because it was going to be a special night! Jesus was going to share with His followers about the conclusion of His earthly mission… even though we know they did not fully understand… what I mean by that is made even more evident in Jesus’ words at the end of v.15, when He said, “…before I suffer…”
I cannot imagine that the disciples fully understood what He was saying, but we do know that Jesus had angered the religious leaders, and we have to believe that His disciples had seen that anger, and presumed that they would come after Jesus in some way. So they may have thought about some form of punishment, but Crucifixion was NOT on their minds!
v.16 – “I will not eat it again…” This was NOT a statement by Jesus that He would abstain from the Passover meal, but it was a clear and pointed statement indicating that his death would prevent him from participating physically in this celebration in the future! This is because after His resurrection He ascends to heaven…
“Until it finds fulfillment in the Kingdom of God…” This statement is fairly self-explanatory. This is a statement that concludes Jesus’ thought! He knew he would never eat of the meal on earth again, but he also knew that he would partake of this meal again… but it would be at the Supper Table of the Lamb in heaven! This shall happen when the Kingdom is fulfilled!”
v.17- “…after taking the cup…” If you are familiar with the Passover meal, you will understand that this is one of the early cups of drink prayed over for the Passover meal itself. This verse does not lend itself to being part of the Lords Supper process.