“Then came the Day of Unleavened Bread, when the Passover must be killed. And He sent Peter and John, saying, ‘Go and prepare the Passover for us, that we may eat.’” Luke 22:7-8
As I read Jesus’ instruction to “go and prepare the Passover” I was struck by the fact that these words have been spoken by Jewish families for thousands of years. The first Passover took place in Egypt as the children of Israel prepared for God to deliver them from the bondage of the Egyptians. Then, thousands of years later came the first Lord’s Supper, the new covenant counterpart to Passover where the disciples prepared for God to deliver them from the bondage of sin.
What Jesus said next in Luke 22:15 really blows my mind. “Then He said to them, ‘With fervent desire I have desired to eat this Passover with you before I suffer.’” It was in the shadow of the cross that Jesus had a fervent desire to eat with His disciples. His desire wasn’t so much to say goodbye to them as much as it was to institute a new covenant with them based on His own sacrifice. You see, this was not the beginning of the end, it was the beginning of the beginning.
The other thing that made the Passover with Jesus so special was that the disciples were spending it with their new family. They had all left their old families once they became children of God. Without a doubt this would have been their most memorable Passover of all. Join us at 6:30pm on Wednesday night at the Portillo’s home as we open Luke 22:1-30 and look at “The First Last Supper” with our church family.
God bless you all and hope to see you there!