Thursday - April 14
THE LAST SUPPER
John 13:1-20; Matthew 26:26-29; Jeremiah 31:31-34
Many significant things occurred during the last supper. It was not only a mark of Jesus’ literal last supper with His disciples prior to the crucifixion, but it also was the last Passover meal under the old covenant. The last moments for God’s people to be bound to the Jewish Law, with the knowledge Jesus came to fulfill it (Matt 5:17). While there is still the remaining tension of Judas as Jesus’ betrayer, Jesus doesn’t leave tonight without commissioning the disciples with a vision and purpose for the ministry to continue. Today is known by many as Maundy Thursday (translating to Thursday of commandment). The commandment is a call to love one another as He has loved them (John 13:34). This evening Jesus breaks the bread and drinks the wine symbolizing His body and blood that was to be given for them. The longing to be made clean and purified setting deep within the souls of the disciples during this precious time together.
We often take communion together as a church body and do so in remembrance of this time in history. The act holds an interesting reverence between the weight of our sin being what brought Him to the cross, and the wonderful relief we can feel knowing it has brought us freedom from the wages of sin and death (Romans 6:23). Take a moment and find elements that could symbolize the bread and wine the disciples partook at the last supper. Put yourself in their shoes. The warmth of a spring day coming to an end and lights growing dim as the sun sets. You enjoy the company of your friends that have become family, and Jesus, whom you’ve confessed as your Lord, tears the bread and passes it your direction. He then pours your glass and sets it before you. The disciples had no idea what was about to occur, but here in the present, you most likely do. You know the sins you have committed that sent Him to die on a cross and spill His blood. We pray you also know the reason He did it: His unfathomable love toward you.
Finish your time by taking the elements you found in remembrance of this. Allow the Holy Spirit to guide you in the timing of each one as you ponder on His mercy.