The Last Supper (Luke 22:7-20)

Then came the day of Unleavened Bread on which the Passover lamb had to be sacrificed. 8 Jesus sent Peter and John, saying, “Go and make preparations for us to eat the Passover.”

9 “Where do you want us to prepare for it?” they asked.

10 He replied, “As you enter the city, a man carrying a jar of water will meet you. Follow him to the house that he enters, 11 and say to the owner of the house, ‘The Teacher asks: Where is the guest room, where I may eat the Passover with my disciples?’ 12 He will show you a large upper room, all furnished. Make preparations there.”

13 They left and found things just as Jesus had told them. So they prepared the Passover.

14 When the hour came, Jesus and his apostles reclined at the table. 15 And he said to them, “I have eagerly desired to eat this Passover with you before I suffer. 16 For I tell you, I will not eat it again until it finds fulfillment in the kingdom of God.”

17 After taking the cup, he gave thanks and said, “Take this and divide it among you. 18 For I tell you I will not drink again of the fruit of the vine until the kingdom of God comes.”

19 And he took bread, gave thanks and broke it, and gave it to them, saying, “This is my body given for you; do this in remembrance of me.”

20 In the same way, after the supper he took the cup, saying, “This cup is the new covenant in my blood, which is poured out for you.  (Luke 22:7-20)

Learn it:

            This is probably a well-known passage in Scripture.  With Jesus facing his death in the coming week he is able to lead his disciples in a time of worship to God.  He has been preparing them for his absence and before he leaves, he wants to give them a new tradition to perform forever.  He takes them through a time of remembrance.  The Passover Celebration is a time when the Jews remember God saving them from Egypt.  For us today as Christians, the Lord’s Supper is a time when we remember God saving us from our sins. 

             We remember his past sacrifice, but we also look forward to his return.  An important aspect of this is knowing we are doing this in community, and it unites us all together as the body of Christ.  We are united through the breaking of his body and the shedding of his blood.  The Lord’s Supper is an event caught between two feelings.  We remember the solemn event of his death, but it leads to the celebration of his resurrection!  We have a new life!

Live it:

            There is not a set pattern of when we are to do the Lord’s Supper.  We are just called to do it.  The next time you have the chance to take communion remember of its deep importance.  It is something the church has been doing since the first century.  We remember the past sacrifice of the life of Christ.  We remember in our present life that our sins our forgiven and our identity is in Christ.  We then look forward to the future of when Christ will return, and we will be reunited with him forever.  These are three things that we need to consider when we eat the bread and drink of the cup.  It is a beautiful tradition that we need to take seriously and should also be a cause for joy. 

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