Jesus Celebrates Passover
I’ve seen the Lord. (John 20:18)
Many of the stories we know about Jesus’ ministry involve a meal. The act of eating together fostered fellowship among Jesus and his disciples, the crowds, and the outcasts. Perhaps the most well-known meal Jesus and his disciples shared is the one we refer to as the Last Supper or the Lord’s Supper.
We usually think of the Last Supper as a meal that occurred when Jesus was celebrating Passover with his disciples. We remember the Last Supper each time we celebrate the sacrament of Communion.
Jesus sent Peter and John into Jerusalem to make preparations for the celebration of the Passover meal. As it was traditional for Jews to travel to Jerusalem for the celebration of the Passover, guestrooms were not uncommon and were rented out to visitors.
During the meal, as Jesus offered the bread to his disciples, he asked them to remember him as they ate it. When Jesus offered the cup to his disciples, he referred to it as “the new covenant.” God had made a covenant with Moses and the Israelites when God gave them the Ten Commandments. Jesus indicated that through him God was making a new covenant.
We don’t have to wait for Communion to remember Jesus. Each time you share a meal with someone, remember all of the meals Jesus shared with his disciples and other followers.
• Jesus told his disciples to remember him.
• We remember Jesus when we celebrate Communion.
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