2021_10_04 Insight Post- Kim Feld
This week's reading- Luke 22
Matthew, Mark, and Luke record the preparations made for the Passover meal before Jesus’ arrest and crucifixion. In Matthew, it’s recorded that the disciples ask about the preparations, and Jesus gives instructions. Mark says Jesus sent two disciples, but he doesn’t name them. Only Luke identifies them as Peter and John.
During this last Passover meal that Jesus would share with his disciples, He gives new meaning to their tradition that would carry through the church until today. The Passover meal was celebrated to recognize God’s deliverance of the people of Israel from their slavery and captivity in Egypt. Jesus is now teaching the disciples to observe a new exodus that will be remembered through this meal - deliverance from sin and the powers of evil in the world. Jesus is the final Passover lamb. His death is a substitutionary act of atonement for our sins. So, when we take the Lord’s Supper, we remember that Jesus is our redeemer, rescuing us from our captivity and slavery to sin.
I imagine the events of this day were burned into the minds of Peter and John. In years to come, I wonder if they remembered this day of preparation and connected each element to Jesus. In reading this chapter, it stood out to me that Jesus specifically chose Peter and John to do this task. The room they would use was already secured – Jesus gave them detailed instructions for finding it. Preparations for the Passover meal would have included purchasing all the specific items, preparing the food, setting the table, taking the lamb to the temple for slaughter, and roasting it. By doing all this prep work, they were intimately involved in this process. In a very hands-on way, they are experiencing this event that would become such an enduring sacrament of our faith.
In Luke 22, verse 15, Jesus says He has “eagerly desired to eat this Passover with you before I suffer.” This meal connects the dots between the Old Testament and New – Jesus’ blood covers us just as the blood of the Passover lamb was spread over the doorposts, so the angel of death would “Passover” that home. Within His death and ultimate resurrection lies our salvation. He wants the disciples to get this. And, eventually, they do. But Luke tells us that after Jesus explains this new Passover, the disciples argue over who will be greatest again. It’s easy to shake our heads over their actions, but I know they are a mirror for me and my often over-concern for myself.
I pray that you will spend some time this week thinking about this new Passover that we get to celebrate every time we take the Lord’s Supper like we did yesterday at New Hope. Jesus invites each of us into His story of salvation for the world.
Executive Director of Education and Outreach