Easter Sermon Series ~ Station One: The Last Supper

Station One: The Last Supper

Matthew 26:17-29 ~ “Now on the first day of Unleavened Bread the disciples came to Jesus, saying, “Where will you have us prepare for you to eat the Passover?” He said, “Go into the city to a certain man and say to him, ‘The Teacher says, My time is at hand. I will keep the Passover at your house with my disciples.’” And the disciples did as Jesus had directed them, and they prepared the Passover. When it was evening, he reclined at table with the twelve. And as they were eating, he said, “Truly, I say to you, one of you will betray me.” And they were very sorrowful and began to say to him one after another, “Is it I, Lord?” He answered, “He who has dipped his hand in the dish with me will betray me.  The Son of Man goes as it is written of him, but woe to that man by whom the Son of Man is betrayed! It would have been better for that man if he had not been born.” Judas, who would betray him, answered, “Is it I, Rabbi?” He said to him, “You have said so.” Now as they were eating, Jesus took bread, and after blessing it broke it and gave it to the disciples, and said, “Take, eat; this is my body.” And he took a cup, and when he had given thanks he gave it to them, saying, “Drink of it, all of you, for this is my blood of the covenant, which is poured out for many for the forgiveness of sins. I tell you I will not drink again of this fruit of the vine until that day when I drink it new with you in my Father’s kingdom.””

 

The Lord’s Supper is tied to the Feast of Unleavened Bread, to the first day of the Feast, the day of preparation and the sacrifice of the lamb.

  • It was on the first day of the Feast that the disciples came to Christ. Again, they knew nothing about Christ’s plans to institute a new celebration. They just assumed He was going to celebrate the Passover as always. But by instituting the Lord’s Supper on this day, Christ tied the Supper to the Passover.
  • It was the disciples who came to Christ. Christ did not have to approach them. They knew that it was His practice to observe the celebration.
  • Christ faced great difficulty in observing the celebration. He had no home, no place of His own for the observance. But there was a much greater obstacle confronting Him: enemies within the city were seeking to kill Him. Note His faithfulness despite this fact.

 

Christ kept the Passover. Religious obedience is important to God; therefore, we are to be obedient and faithful to religious observances. Note how Christ was faithful in His observance, even in the face of death. What a rebuke to us—we who allow the comfort of our homes, the enjoyment of our recreation, the pleasing of our flesh to keep us away from the Lord’s Supper and other religious observances!

Note in verses 26-29, the Lord’s Supper was given as a permanent ordinance. It was while they were eating the Passover meal that Christ instituted the Lord’s Supper. He was replacing the Passover with the Lord’s Supper. The Lord’s Supper is the new ordinance of God to celebrate His deliverance of man from bondage and slavery.

 

Christ instituted the Lord’s Supper before He died, not after His resurrection. This is very significant. It means that His death was voluntary. He had not yet died; He did not have to die. He could have slipped out of town and escaped, but He chose to willingly lay down His life for the sins of men. Therefore, the Lord’s Supper is the great celebration of the voluntary sacrifice of God’s Son for man. The broken bread and poured wine picture the willingness of God’s Son to lay down His life for man’s sins.
 
Pastor Andy Lambert
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