Imagine waking up this morning as one of the disciples. Today is the day you are preparing for the Passover meal, which will happen tonight. Little do you know this meal would not just be another Passover meal with your eleven other friends and Jesus, but this would be your last supper with Jesus. It would be a meal you will never forget.
The Passover was a spring festival in remembrance of the historical event when the Israelites were freed from slavery in Egypt. The Israelites sacrificed a lamb and put the blood around the door frames of their houses. Exodus 12:23, “When the Lord goes through the land to strike down the Egyptians, he will see the blood on the top and sides of the doorframe and will pass over that doorway, and he will not permit the destroyer to enter your houses and strike you down.” The Israelites were saved by the blood of the lamb. The lamb and the unleavened bread became symbols of Israel’s deliverance from slavery.
And now, the Passover is in remembrance of the crucifixion of Jesus Christ. The elements we use in remembrance of Jesus are the bread and the cup, otherwise known as communion. Luke 22:19-20, “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.’ 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.’” Jesus told His disciples He was going to suffer for them. I am sure it was very personal to the disciples and not what they were expecting to hear during the Passover meal.
The Passover is still in remembrance of freedom. Just how Israel remembered the sacrificial lamb that saved them, we remember the Lamb of God who was sacrificed to free us from our sins and bondage. The blood of the lamb was applied to the door ways for the Israelites and the Blood of the Lamb is applied to our life when we accept Jesus Christ to be our Savior. The Passover meal, or the Last Supper, was probably a confusing and concerning meal for the disciples. They were probably worrying about what was going to happen. But unlike the disciples, we have the privilege of knowing there is hope, because we know what happens on Easter and that death does not win!