by Tony Nester

Why Jesus Wanted the Last Supper
Tony Nester
Luke 22:13-23

(Luke 22:13-23 NIV) ''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. {21} But the hand of him who is going to betray me is with mine on the table. {22} The Son of Man will go as it has been decreed, but woe to that man who betrays him.'' {23} They began to question among themselves which of them it might be who would do this.''

There is flow of pain running through verses 13 to 15. Jesus is sensing the coming pain of the cross while also centering his spirit on the promise of the Father's glory.

''They prepared the Passover'' reports verse 13. Passover preparations were meticulous and took time.

Jews were required to search the house for yeast, in silence and by candlelight. Why? Because on the first Passover the Israelites were instructed to bake bread quickly and without yeast, for God was going to lead them out of Egypt that very night. Any yeast found in the house where the Passover Meal was to be eaten was to be put away by burning it or by crumbling and scattering it to the wind or by throwing it into the sea.

The Passover Lamb had to be killed and prepared.

Also to be prepared were the bitter herbs, the unleavened bread, and a mixture of dates, raisins, and vinegar for ...

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