Before the Passover celebration, Jesus knew that his hour had come to leave this world and return to his Father. He had loved his disciples during his ministry on earth, and now he loved them to the very end.
One of the last things Jesus did before his death was to celebrate the Passover meal with his disciples in the Upper Room. The Lord's Supper, the celebration of Passover in the Upper Room, is a Christian celebration. A time to stop and reflect on what Jesus has said to his disciples, and also says to us.
- Lamb - symbolic of the blood on the door posts of the Israelites so the death angel would pass over them as they ate their final meal before fleeing Egypt.
- Unleavened Bread - they did not take time for bread to rise with leaven, for they would need to be ready to flee in haste.
- Bowl of Salt Water - represents the tears shed in Egypt over their hard labor.
- Bitter Herbs - reminder of the bitterness of their days in slavery.
2. Participants with Jesus in the Lord's Supper
- the twelve disciples were there, a group of many diversities:
- two sets of brothers - Simon and Andrew; James and John
- eleven were from Galilee...all except Judas Iscariot, who was born in a small town in Southern Judea
- five were fishermen
- one was a tax collector
- one was a zealot
- three were considered the inner circle of Jesus: Peter, James, and John
- Jesus loved them all, just as he loves us all as we are. His prevailing love filled the Upper Room.
- Jesus washed their feet.
- Jesus came them a new command: So now I am giving you a new commandment: each other. Just as I have d you, you should each other. Your for will prove to the world that you are my disciples.” (John 13:34-35)
3. Jesus prepares his disciples for his departure
- Jesus reminded the disciples in this world they would have difficulties, but they needed to remain in him, to abide in him and they would overcome.