Luke 22:14–23 (ESV)
Institution of the Lord’s Supper
And when the hour came, he reclined at table, and the apostles with him. 15 And he said to them, “I have earnestly desired to eat this Passover with you before I suffer. 16 For I tell you I will not eat it until it is fulfilled in the kingdom of God.”
17 And he took a cup, and when he had given thanks he said, “Take this, and divide it among yourselves. 18 For I tell you that from now on I will not drink of the fruit of the vine until the kingdom of God comes.” 19 And he took bread, and when
he had given thanks, he broke it and gave it to them, saying, “This is my body, which is given for you. Do this in remembrance of me.” 20 And likewise the cup after they had eaten, saying, “This cup that is poured out for you is the new covenant
in my blood. 21 But behold, the hand of him who betrays me is with me on the table. 22 For the Son of Man goes as it has been determined, but woe to that man by whom he is betrayed!” 23 And they began to question one another, which of them it could be
who was going to do this.
The timing of Holy Week is the end of Maundy Thursday and moving into Good Friday. Remember that the day ends at sundown, not midnight as we are accustomed. The
Passover meal is eaten at sundown, so it is Friday. You would want to have your food cooked and everything cleaned up while there is still light outside, but when the sun set... it is Friday and time to eat. We enter today’s text with Jesus
reclining at the table with the Apostles. There are many things to say about today’s reading, but I want to focus on the Word’s of Institution. The Apostle’s think they are getting a Passover, but Jesus radically changes the meaning
of the Passover by saying “This is my body, which is given for you. Do this in remembrance of me.” 20 And likewise the cup after they had eaten, saying, “This cup that is poured out for you is the new covenant in my blood.”
When Jesus says this, it had to have caught them off guard and they must have wondered why did he change the words and what does this mean??? Jesus did radically change the words... Jesus just made him the sacrificial lamb that they were going to eat.
This would not have gotten by them unnoticed. But that is exactly what is going on for this Passover as Jesus is about to be crucified as the sacrificial lam. Jesus, the Lamb of God who takes away the sin of the world. In the Old Testament,
the people at the original Passover are saved literally by the blood of the lamb. In the New Testament, we receive the blood of the lamb “for the forgiveness of sins.” When we go to the table, we receive the real presence of
the body and blood of Christ in and with the bread and wine. This is why we take and share in the sacrament of the Lord’s Supper every week.
I pray: O Lord, you racially changed the
Passover and made it relevant to my today as you died as a substitute for my sins. Thank you for your plan of Salvation and for taking away my sins and forgiving me. My Salvation is your work and I’m forever grateful. Amen.