It is Thursday, and there is much to be done.  As the final hours of preparation for the passover approaches, Jesus knows that His time is short.

He plans a last meal with his followers.  During this meal, he will not only say good-bye, but also impart to them a legacy and trust them to pass it on.

As the evening begins, Jesus begins by humbling himself and washing the feet of each disciple.  This task is normally reserved for servants and slaves, but Jesus shows them a better way.  “The greatest among you shall be the servant of all.”  He commands them to do as He has done and to love not just in word, but in deed.  

After the meal, Jesus takes the traditional piece of Afikomen, the piece of matzoh bread hidden during the sedar, and breaks it saying, “Take eat, this is my body.”  Likewise, He takes the cup after supper saying, “This is the new covenant in My blood.  This do, as often as you drink it, in remembrance of Me.”  In doing so, he changes the meaning and context of the entire celebration.  Jesus is about to become the Lamb of God who will take away the sin of the world.  

Jesus turns the good feelings of the night into despair by predicting that one of their own will betray Him.  Each disciple looks to his neighbor asking, “Is it I Lord.”  Judas blurts out to Jesus, “Surely, not I, Rabbi?”  “Yes,” Jesus says, “it is you.  What you are about to do, do quickly.”  The traitor hurries out into the night.  Jesus has only hours before his arrest and trial.  The end is near.

So, what can we take from today?  Meditate on the fact that the body and blood of the spotless lamb spilled upon the altar during the Jewish festival of Passover has now been replaced by the spotless Lamb of God.  God so loved the world, that He gave His one and only Son, Jesus Christ.  Not that He would condemn us, but that through his sacrifice, we might be saved.  Can you believe it?  No longer do we look to the temporary sacrifices of man, but to the One who through His perfect life, perfect power, and perfect sacrifice has made it possible for us to be set free from sin and the grave.  Friends, will you put your faith and trust in Him. Will you put His blood on the doorposts of your heart today?  If you will, the angel of death and eternal separation from God will pass you by.  This is My body….

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