Wednesday and Thursday of Passion Week
- The Last Supper - Jesus shared the Passover meal with his disciples.
The Passover commemorated Israel’s escape from Egypt. All the Israelites prepared a lamb according to God’s instructions, ate it, and put some of its blood on the doorframes of their homes. At midnight, the Lord went through Egypt instituting the plague of the firstborn. Every firstborn son died, from the son of the Pharaoh to the son of the slave girl, as well as all the first born cattle. However, the Lord passed over the Israelites because every doorframe contained the blood of the lamb. Everyone within the house was saved.Israel was commanded to celebrate the Passover every year, in memory of the Lord leading them out of slavery. Jesus became the final sacrificed lamb. When we ask Jesus into our heart, his blood is on the doorframe of our life. The wrath of God (wrath in response to sin) passes over us. We are saved.
At the Last Supper, Jesus instituted the Lord’s Supper or communion. He took the bread, gave thanks, broke it, and gave it to the disciples, saying, “This is my body, given for you. Do this in remembrance of me.” He gave them the wine, saying, “ this is my blood of the covenant, which is poured out for many for the forgiveness of sins.
- Jesus showed the full extent of his love and forgiveness by tying a towel around his waist and washing the disciples’ feet. Jesus told the disciples they should do for each other as he did for them.
- Jesus predicted Peter’s denial. Peter was very sure of himself, but Jesus knew Peter’s limitations. He knew that Peter would return to him after the resurrection.
- Jesus told the disciples He was going to the Father to prepare a place for them.
- Jesus promised to send the Holy Spirit, a Counselor, the Spirit of truth, to be with them forever.
- Jesus taught about the Vine and the branches. To bear fruit, they, the branches, must remain in him, the Vine.
- Jesus warned the world would hate the disciples because it hated Jesus first.
- Jesus prayed for his disciples and for future believers.
- Jesus and his disciples went to Gethsemane on the Mount of Olives where He struggled in prayer concerning the completion of his mission.
- Jesus was betrayed and arrested.
To read God's word about these events, read:
Matthew 26:26-56, Mark 14:22-52, Luke 22:14-53, and John 13-17 and 18:1-12
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