Luke-The Investigative Gospel
The Passover With The Disciples
In a very intentional way Jesus chose to have a Passover meal as his last meal with his disciples.
I. The Preparation for the Passover (Luke 22:7-13)
Most likely, Jesus sent Peter and John on this errand because he did not want Judas to know ahead of time where they would celebrate the Passover meal.
In fact, throughout the next thirty-six hours or so, it may seem as if things were out of control, but everything was developing according to God’s divine plan.
II. The Eating of the Passover (Luke 22:14-18)
You may recall that the Passover meal commemorated the deliverance of the people of Israel from their slavery in Egypt.
There were several stages in the Passover meal, which was spread out over a period of hours and interspersed with conversation.
He was about to suffer and be crucified in order to save sinners, but his great desire was to eat his last meal with those whom he came to save.
The people of God would celebrate the new sacrament of the new covenant in Christ by eating the bread and drinking the wine of the Lord’s Supper.
The Lord’s Supper is a celebration of the new covenant.
III. The Institution of the Lord’s Supper (Luke 22:19-20)
The unleavened bread was now given a new and greater significance. It represented Jesus’ body and the affliction he would endure on the cross.
By calling the cup “the new covenant in my blood,” Jesus was replacing the old covenant of the constant shedding of blood of the sacrificial lambs at Passover with the once-for-all shedding of his own blood to pay the penalty for our sin.
He would give a meal to his disciples to remember before making the sacrifice they would never forget.