Scripture Reading: Luke 22:1-30
Then came the day of unleavened bread, when the passover must be killed.8 And he sent Peter and John, saying, Go and prepare us the passover, that we may eat.9 And they said unto him, Where wilt thou that we prepare?10 And he said unto them, Behold, when ye are entered into the city, there shall a man meet you, bearing a pitcher of water; follow him into the house where he entereth in.11 And ye shall say unto the goodman of the house, The Master saith unto thee, Where is the guestchamber, where I shall eat the passover with my disciples?12 And he shall shew you a large upper room furnished: there make ready.13 And they went, and found as he had said unto them: and they made ready the passover.
In the midst of seeming chaos and doom, Jesus is calmly in charge of every detail.
And when the hour was come, he sat down, and the twelve apostles with him. 15 And he said unto them, With desire I have desired to eat this passover with you before I suffer:16 For I say unto you, I will not any more eat thereof, until it be fulfilled in the kingdom of God.17 And he took the cup, and gave thanks, and said, Take this, and divide it among yourselves:18 For I say unto you, I will not drink of the fruit of the vine, until the kingdom of God shall come.
Desire I have desired—earnestly longed for this time—to reveal more of what was to come to His disciples and ultimately because it’s the last thing before the end, when redemption is secured. The next time Jesus will eat with His disciples is in the Kingdom!
And he took bread, and gave thanks, and brake it, and gave unto them, saying, This is my body which is given for you: this do in remembrance of me.20 Likewise also the cup after supper, saying, This cup is the new testament in my blood, which is shed for you.
The cup represented the New Covenant, sealed and brought in by His blood. Figurative language. Not supposed to drink a cup! Original Passover was to remember escape from Egypt; now it’s to remember Christ.
But, behold, the hand of him that betrayeth me is with me on the table.22 And truly the Son of man goeth, as it was determined: but woe unto that man by whom he is betrayed!23 And they began to enquire among themselves, which of them it was that should do this thing.24 And there was also a strife among them, which of them should be accounted the greatest.
Other Gospels put the betrayal before the Communion. Jesus is about to die and disciples are arguing about their greatness.
And he said unto them, The kings of the Gentiles exercise lordship over them; and they that exercise authority upon them are called benefactors.26 But ye shall not be so: but he that is greatest among you, let him be as the younger; and he that is chief, as he that doth serve.27 For whether is greater, he that sits at meat, or he that serves? is not he that sits at meat? but I am among you as he that serveth. 28Ye are they which have continued with me in my temptations.29 And I appoint unto you a kingdom, as my Father hath appointed unto me;30 That ye may eat and drink at my table in my kingdom, and sit on thrones judging the twelve tribes of Israel.
Called benefactors--People want impressive titles, those who rule are called philanthropists, a worker of good—a flattering title for how great it is to have you rule me! Christians are actual benefactors because they actually serve and create benefit for others, just as Christ is serving them. The one about to dies is appointing kingdoms!
Just as Jesus knew before and had planned out the Last Supper, He has the next one planned out too. If He did the first one, He can do the next one!
1 Corinthians 11:27-32
Wherefore whosoever shall eat this bread, and drink this cup of the Lord, unworthily, shall be guilty of the body and blood of the Lord.28 But let a man examine himself, and so let him eat of that bread, and drink of that cup.29 For he that eateth and drinketh unworthily, eateth and drinketh damnation to himself, not discerning the Lord's body.30 For this cause many are weak and sickly among you, and many sleep.31 For if we would judge ourselves, we should not be judged.32 But when we are judged, we are chastened of the Lord, that we should not be condemned with the world.
Unworthily—the manner of partaking, not the manner of the individual. If the individual is a sinner, yet examines himself and comes appropriately, that is fine. Examine—test, prove your own attitude towards Christ’s death. Damnation—way too strong, it’s the word judgment. Temporal chastening to wake you up. Sleep—not a sudden, violent death, but lulled in death, gradual slow process.