Passion Week Day 4
And when the hour was come, he sat down, and the twelve apostles with him. And he said unto them, With desire I have desired to eat this passover with you before I suffer: For I say unto you, I will not any more eat thereof, until it be fulfilled in the kingdom of God. And he took the cup, and gave thanks, and said, Take this, and divide it among yourselves: For I say unto you, I will not drink of the fruit of the vine, until the kingdom of God shall come. More. Luke 22:14-27, John 13:1-17
Lord, help us to remember that You came to deliver us just like You delivered Your people from Egypt. Your deliverance at the first Passover completely changed Israel’s identity from being slaves to being Your people on display before the world. Your Last Supper calls us to be a new people as well – a people passionate about serving rather than being served. Thank You for both the blood and the towel! Help us to live in light of both until You return.
- Why do you think it was important for Israel to celebrate Passover every year? How does our celebration of the Lord’s Supper offer hope to the 21st century church?
- The Thursday of Passion week showed the great contrast between the Lord’s desire to serve and the disciples’ desire to be great. Their behaviors came out of their heart desires. How can we identify right desires and act on them? Conversely, how can we identify wrong desires and bring them to the Lord’s table for redemption?
- Jesus gave the disciples a concrete example of serving others by washing their filthy feet. What serving action might Jesus have chosen in our world to convey the same principle? What steps can you take in the next week to live out the Lord’s Supper in service to someone around you?