Daily D – Luke 22:15-16
Then he said to them, “I have fervently desired to eat this Passover with you before I suffer. For I tell you, I will not eat it again until it is fulfilled in the kingdom of God.”
LUKE 22:15-16 (CSB)
Most important events are not fully recognized until they are afterward examined. This is true for what happens in verses 14-22. Instead of grasping what Jesus was saying about the wine and the bread, they began arguing (verse 23).
They changed subjects and continued arguing in verse 24. Jesus corrected their misunderstanding in verses 25-30. This chapter goes from bad to worse. It ends with Jesus on trial before the Sanhedrin.
Only after Resurrection Sunday would the apostles find time to remember and appreciate what we call the Last Supper. On then would his words enlighten their minds and thrill their hearts.
Having read these words today, perhaps it has not yet dawned on us what he said. The next time he serves this supper in all its fulfillment, we will join him around the table.
What happened that Thursday night preceded the cross, resurrection, and ascension. What will happen upon Jesus’ return is the initiation of the enjoyment of the renewal of all things.
The Lord’s Supper is an invitation to remember what Jesus did for us on the cross. It is an anticipation of what he will do for us as time gives way to eternity.
This night and tomorrow and Saturday to follow are filled with long hours of deepest darkness. It is always darkest just before dawn, they say. Weeping may last for the night, but joy comes in the morning, it is said.
I will remember and I will anticipate.
Our Father, we remember and we weep. We anticipate and we sing. Sunday’s coming. It is almost suppertime. Amen.
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1 Kings 22:34 But someone drew his bow at random and hit the king of Israel between the sections of his armor. The king told his chariot driver, “Wheel around and get me out of the fighting. I’ve been wounded.”
1 Kings 21:25, 26 (There was never anyone like Ahab, who sold himself to do evil in the eyes of the Lord, urged on by Jezebel his wife. He behaved in the vilest manner by going after idols, like the Amorites the Lord drove out before Israel.)
Matthew 5:13-16 “You are the light of the world. A town built on a hill cannot be hidden. Neither do people light a lamp and put it under a bowl. Instead they put it on its stand, and it gives light to everyone in the house. In the same way, let your light shine before others, that they may see your good deeds and glorify your Father in heaven.”
2 Chronicles 15:1, 2 The Spirit of God came on Azariah son of Oded. He went out to meet Asa and said to him, “Listen to me, Asa and all Judah and Benjamin. The Lord is with you when you are with him. If you seek him, he will be found by you, but if you forsake him, he will forsake you.”