The Lord’s Supper
12On the first day of the Feast of Unleavened Bread, when it was customary to sacrifice the Passover lamb, Jesus’ disciples asked him, “Where do you want us to go and make preparations for you to eat the Passover?” 13So 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. 14Say 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?’ 15He will show you a large upper room, furnished and ready. Make preparations for us there.”
16The disciples left, went into the city and found things just as Jesus had told them. So they prepared the Passover.
Just As He Had Told Them
Here we are at the Last Supper, which in most of our minds, marks the day of the crucifixion. But I want to remind us that we have been traveling down this road for a while, haven’t we? In previous devotionals, time and time again, we saw how Jesus’ attention was focused on the cross, on this enormous work of redemption, even from the very beginning of his ministry. We’ve seen him take every step, working miracles, teaching, so many wonderful moments, but this…this is what he had come to do.
And this brings us to the main point of today’s devotional – that this momentous day was no accident, and no work of mere man. Good Friday fell on the same day as the celebration of the Passover, where a lamb was slain in order to save Israel from death. Even the details seem pre-ordained, how Jesus knows about the room where they will meet, how it seems the room was fully prepared for their arrival. There is a sense of expectation, and fulfillment.
This was no accident, but showed how this was always God’s plan from the start, that the Passover would actually point forward to the true Lamb – Jesus. The day fell on the Passover. All the details were set. It is a build up to something incredible, and terrible, and eternal: God’s plan for redemption, hinted at in the Old Testament, yearned for by the prophets, was coming to pass. I think it is important that we sense this as well, that something enormous is about to happen, that all of creation had been yearning for.
1. Why is it significant that Jesus’ death and resurrection was God’s plan from the very start?
2. How do you feel about the crucifixion? Is it something important and moving to you still, or has it lost its effect on you to some degree?
3. How can we practically retain our sense of awe and thankfulness about the crucifixion?