Wednesday, April 8, 2020
Tonight on the 14th of Nissan was the night Jesus had His last supper with His disciples. Remember the Jewish days begin at sunset, so the 14th of Nissan began at night. Several important things happened during this meal. You can read about it in Luke 22, Matthew 26, John 13
1. Jesus instituted Holy Communion which all believers practice until His return
It's interesting to note that Jesus said he would NOT eat Passover again until it is FULFILLED in the Kingdom of God. What does fulfilled mean? It has to relate to the fact that all the Jewish Feast days are also God's appointed times wherein future events will be perfectly fulfilled. For example, Jesus fulfilled Passover, the Feast of Unleavened Bread, and the Feast of First Fruits during His first coming. If you've never heard of that before, check out this article.
So, what did Jesus mean by Passover being fulfilled in the Kingdom of God? It would seem that Passover has not yet been completely fulfilled? Could today be the day of our Redemption? The day of the Rapture? The final day when the Passover will be fulfilled?
2. Jesus washes the disciples' feet showing them in action what real love is and how we are to treat one another. Even Judas's feet, mind you.
3. Jesus points out Judas as the betrayer
Later this night, Jesus goes to pray alone in the garden where he pleads with the Father to let this bitter cup pass by Him if it is possible. He is so overcome by sorrow, pain, and stress, that he sweats blood. He knows what is in store for Him, the agony, the shame, the pain, but mostly the separation that has to occur between Him and His beloved Father. I can well imagine that Satan was also attacking Him with everything he had at this time.
Jesus emerges from His time with His Father stronger than ever (Good lesson for us), and goes out to face His accusers. Let us take some time today to remember these events and thank our Lord that He didn't call down 12 legions of angels to save Himself as He said He could (Matt 26:53) but He went willingly to the Cross