The Final and Unforgettable Meal
|Luke 22 (NKJV™)|
|7||Then came the Day of Unleavened Bread, when the Passover must be killed.|
|8||And He sent Peter and John, saying, "Go and prepare the Passover for us, that we may eat."|
|9||So they said to Him, "Where do You want us to prepare?"|
|10||And He said to them, "Behold, when you have entered the city, a man will meet you carrying a pitcher of water; follow him into the house which he enters.|
|11||"Then you shall say to the master of the house, 'The Teacher says to you, "Where is the guest room where I may eat the Passover with My disciples?"'|
|12||"Then he will show you a large, furnished upper room; there make ready."|
|13||So they went and found it just as He had said to them, and they prepared the Passover.|
|14||When the hour had come, He sat down, and the twelve apostles with Him.|
|15||Then He said to them, "With fervent desire I have desired to eat this Passover with you before I suffer;|
|16||"for I say to you, I will no longer eat of it until it is fulfilled in the kingdom of God."|
|17||Then He took the cup, and gave thanks, and said, "Take this and divide it among yourselves;|
|18||"for I say to you, I will not drink 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 which is given for you; do this in remembrance of Me."|
|20||Likewise He also took the cup after supper, saying, "This cup is the new covenant in My blood, which is shed for you.|
|21||"But behold, the hand of My betrayer is with Me on the table.|
|22||"And truly the Son of Man goes as it has been determined, but woe to that man by whom He is betrayed!"|
|23||Then they began to question among themselves, which of them it was who would do this thing.|
New King James Version®, Copyright © 1982, Thomas Nelson, Inc. All rights reserved.
Jesus and His men entered Jerusalem for the final week leading up to His death. Several moments were shared between the Master and His men during that final week, but none so intimate as the last Passover meal they shared together in that crowded city. It is a story we know perhaps all too well—its familiarity diluting the full impact. But it's a story that puts into perspective, the relationship of Jesus to any true disciple.
The primary motivation that drove Jesus toward the cross was love. As a man and a member of the Godhead, Jesus' ultimate desire was to do His Father's will. This series takes an in-depth look at the sacrificial life and death of Jesus as He set His face toward the cross, walking in accordance with His Father's will and accomplishing our salvation.
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