Today we read of the Last Supper, which Jesus says he desired to eat with his followers. That’s Jesus. Even when we were living in rejection of God and going our own ways, Jesus still wanted to eat with us. The Lord Jesus truly lived with the people he would die for…
13 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 from 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.
One of the most important interactions Jesus has in the Bible is with his followers at the table of the Last Supper. They are celebrating Passover, which Jesus says he has desired to eat with them before he suffers.
First of all, this is our Lord. Our Lord wants to eat with us. He wants to celebrate memorials of God’s salvation with us (that’s what Passover is). Jesus’ desire to eat with us goes back to our days as complete and utter sinners. When we were living in rejection of God and going our own ways, Jesus still wanted to eat with us. Remember he was judged by the religious leaders of his time for spending time with the sinners of his time.
Jesus also wanted to eat with them before he suffered for them. Isn’t it amazing that he lived with the people he would die for? He saw us for who we are and even felt the rub of our betrayals (Judas right before this supper and Peter right after). And still… still Jesus was willing to die for those with whom he lived.
He instituted our memorial of Communion – the Lord’s Supper – with his followers at their Last Supper. They wouldn’t eat together again until heaven, and so Jesus left them – left us – this memorial supper which was all about his sacrifice for us.
In the Lord’s Supper, we can look forward to eating with Jesus in heaven. We can look forward to eating with the Lord who desires to eat with us. Every time we celebrate communion we celebrate, with anticipation, the sacrifice Jesus made and the future heavenly supper we will have with Jesus when he comes again.
Come, Lord Jesus, come…