We begin a very intense and difficult time for Jesus with Luke’s account in chapter 22.
Luke first records how Jesus instructed his disciples to prepare for his last meal with them.
— Luke 22.7-13 – Then came the day of Unleavened Bread, on which the Passover lamb had to be sacrificed.
So Jesus sent Peter and John, saying, “Go and prepare the Passover meal for us that we may eat it.”
They asked him, “Where do you want us to make preparations for it?”
“Listen,” he said to them, “when you have entered the city, a man carrying a jar of water will meet you; follow him into the house he enters
“And say to the owner of the house, ‘The teacher asks you, “Where is the guest room, where I may eat the Passover with my disciples?”’
“He will show you a large room upstairs, already furnished. Make preparations for us there.”
So they went and found everything as he had told them; and they prepared the Passover meal.
Please take 10 minutes to listen to Rudy Ross on our YouTube video today. Rudy will help you understand the significance of the Day of Unleavened Bread and the Passover.
He will explain why this meal was a “Passover” meal that took place ahead of the actual Passover. The reason why it took place this way was that Jesus was the “Passover Lamb,” who was sacrificed for the sins of the world the next day.
On that day, John the Baptist’s words were actualized by Jesus. “Here is the Lamb of God who takes away the sin of the world!” (John 1.29).
Where there was no room for Mary and Joseph at the time of Jesus’ birth (Luke 2.7), on this day there was a room large enough for the band of his disciples.
It is my opinion that the man who offered the room was an unnamed follower of Jesus. He had the honor of hosting the last meal for Jesus and his disciples.
The Book of Hebrews comes to mind, as I think of this man’s hospitality. “Do not neglect to show hospitality to strangers, for by doing that some have entertained angels without knowing it” (Hebrews 13.2).
This man went beyond entertaining angels. He provided a meeting place for the Son of God.
The behavior of the host is an example for everyone. When the Holy Spirit gives us a sign, we have no idea what God will accomplish through our obedience.
The Cup in the Lord’s Supper
In today’s blog and video, we will consider the “cup” portion of the Lord’s Supper. Once again, Rudy Ross has a very important message for us with regard to the cup.
— Luke 22.14-17 – When the hour came, he took his place at the table, and the apostles with him.
He said to them, “I have eagerly desired to eat this Passover with you before I suffer;
“For I tell you, I will not eat it until it is fulfilled in the kingdom of God.”
Then he took a cup, and after giving thanks he said, “Take this and divide it among yourselves;
“For I tell you that from now on I will not drink of the fruit of the vine until the kingdom of God comes.”
Jesus’ closest followers were meeting with him around the table. I believe that the women who followed Jesus from Galilee were present and serving the meal.
Whether I am right or wrong about the presence of the women, they will appear in several important places as we finish reading the Gospel story.
It is worth remembering that women had little status in the first century. Yet, Jesus gave them access to his ministry and conferred status in the kingdom of God upon them.
When we read about the women who witnessed the resurrection, we need to know that a woman’s testimony was not admissible in court. Ancient writings usually painted leaders in a very favorable light.
One witness to the authenticity of the New Testament is that they recorded women to be the first to meet the risen Jesus, while it recorded the dismal actions of the disciples.
The Last Cup
Rudy Ross explains the use of the “cup” in the Jewish Passover meal. Jesus still has one more cup to drink. He will drink that cup when the kingdom of God has come in its fullness.
As the church observes the Lord’s Supper, Paul writes that we “do this, as often as you drink it, in remembrance of me.” For as often as you eat this bread and drink the cup, you proclaim the Lord’s death until he comes” (1 Corinthians 11.25-26).
The Lord’s Supper reminds us of Jesus’ sacrifice for us. It points to a time when the kingdom of God will be a worldwide experience.
Today’s YouTube video is one that I hope you will see. Rudy explains the Lord’s Supper in a few minutes would take me several pages to write.
It can be found on the Bob Spradling YouTube channel.
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