Posted by: Toni Sprandel | March 28, 2013

Dinner with friends

Imagine sitting around the table eating dinner with 12 of your closest friends and the guest of honor leans over to you and tells you that one of the friends here was going to betray the guest of honor soon.  How horrible!

This is exactly what Jesus said on this Thursday night 2000+ years ago.  Matthew 26:21b says “Truly I say to you that one of you will betray Me.”  Verse 22 goes on to say “Being deeply grieved, they each one began to say to Him, ‘Surely not I, Lord?’ ”  Verse 25 continues “and Judas, who was betraying Him, said, “Surely it is not I, Rabbi?”  Jesus said to him, “You have said it yourself.”

Jesus knew that Judas was going to betray Him.  But instead of getting mad or self defensive, or running away and trying to hide,  Jesus celebrates the Passover meal with His disciples.  Jesus used the bread and the wine to illustrate what was going to happen.  He broke the break, gave thanks and then gave it to them.  He said “This is My body which is given for you; do this in remembrance of Me.”  He wanted them to remember his sacrifice, which is the basis for forgiveness of sins, and also his friendship that they could continue to enjoy through the work of the Holy Spirit. (NASB Life Application Study Bible footnote, Luke 22:19)

Then, Jesus took the cup after they had eaten and said, “This cup which is poured out for you is the new covenant in My blood.” What that means is that Jesus instituted a “new covenant”  or agreement between humans and God.  Under this new covenant, Jesus would die in the place of sinners.  Unlike the blood of animals, his blood (because He is God) would truly remove the sins of all who put their faith in him.  And Jesus’ sacrifice would never have to be repeated; it would be good for all eternity.” (NASB Life Application Bible footnote Luke 22:20).

Jesus finished the Passover Meal with the disciples with singing a hymn.  How did He do it?  How could He appear to be so calm?  How could He just sit there, eating with them and not get upset?  And then He sings a hymn with them?  It is so hard for me to understand.  But then I remember, He came for such a time as this.  He knew this was going to happen.  It was not fair, He was perfect, He never sinned.  But, He knew He had to sacrifice Himself in order to redeem us back to Himself.  And as the passover lamb was partaken of by all of those at that dinner table, Jesus, the perfect, spotless, sinless lamb of God is available to all of us who wish to partake of Him.  Thank you LORD Jesus.

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