is amazing to remember that the institution of the Lord’s Supper occurred in
this week of Jesus’ life. The days of
His passion. In fact, it occurred on the
very night of His betrayal and just prior to His crucifixion.
love towards His disciples and with the cross before Him because of His
disciples and the rest of us sinners, He gathered them together and sat down
and had the Passover meal. The Passover
itself proclaimed the mercy of God – that a lamb would be sacrificed to pay for
the sins of those who then would partake of that sacrifice. It was all pointing to this week – it was all
pointing to Jesus and the perfect sacrifice He was about to make.
And yet, as Luke records, Jesus said to them, “With fervent desire I have
desired to eat this Passover with you before I suffer; for I say to you, I will
no longer eat of it until it is fulfilled in the kingdom of God.”
we partake of Christ at this memorial, we are being united to the One Who
fervently desired to die for us that we would die in our sin with Him – and
that, united in that death, would be raised with Him to the new life that we
now enjoy and will grow up into – from now until the day of Jesus Christ.