February 18, 2018
The Last Supper
Jesus’ meal with His disciples wasn’t the end of the story, it was the beginning of something new and far greater than we could have imagined. When we look closely at these last events in His earthly life, we catch a glimpse of not only what he accomplished but also of what His plans for us were. This journey that began in the upper room, sharing the Passover meal with his disciples, marked the beginning of a new covenant. Though it may have marked the end to that part of the plan, it also marked the beginning of a new, personal, connection with God. It was the merging of two significant traditions that served to connect the old and the new. It was much more than a “last supper” or a goodbye meal with friends. When we practice this tradition, today, we should be reminded of how God has always been in active in the lives of His people. When we take communion today we not only hear the story of how God dealt with His people in the past, but we also share in the current and future promises of forgiveness and the new life offered by Jesus’ sacrifice. This, now common practice which we call the “Lord’s Supper,” points to the end of despair, the end of hopelessness and the establishment of power over sin and death.
Questions for discussion:
· What do you think the main point of Matt’s message was?
· Why do you think God chose to use this meal to communicate and establish His new covenant with mankind?
· How are Passover and the Lord’s Supper similar?
· What new truths do you think Jesus was trying to teach the disciples/us through this new covenant ceremony?
Do something about it:
If God’s Word is truly “living” then it has to be evidenced by the living out of His teachings in us. How can the understanding and practice of the Lord’s Supper find a living application in our everyday lives? Maybe we start with considering our family mealtimes as important opportunities to deepen our relationships with our family and with God. Maybe this practice will solidify the importance of faith and family for generations to come.
Exodus 12:1-20; Matthew 26:17-30; John 14:16-17; Hebrews 9:11-15