Google+ 04/16/14 Is It I?

Luke 22:7-8

 

Now the Festival of Unleavened Bread arrived, when the Passover lamb is sacrificed.

Jesus sent Peter and John ahead and said,

“Go and prepare the Passover meal, so we can eat it together.”

 

Often we manufacture things, surrounding the Easter season, that make for a great story, but really have no basis in fact.  The Last Supper of Jesus Christ is one of those events.  We normally associate the Festival of Unleavened Bread with Passover, making them one in the same.  This is false.  Passover is a 24 hour period, or one day.  The Festival of Unleavened Bread, coupled with Passover, is an entire seven-day celebration of the removal of yeast in the Hebrew home.  This occurred when Moses was getting God's people out of Egypt.  God told the Jews to just bake the bread without the yeast for the sake of time.  They normally collected yeast on grape leaves and added it to the baking.  It made the bread go farther.  They obeyed and God instructed them to commemorate this event every year in the Festival of Unleavened Bread.  Many people are convinced that the Last Supper was planned as Jesus's "farewell" meal.  It was not.  Jesus used it for that purpose, but it was a normal festival that would have been celebrated by all Jews.  Jesus borrowed a room and gathered Him and the disciples to celebrate what God had commanded.  Why was this meal so important?  First, it showed Jesus's obedience to the Father and to the law.  Jesus, by His example, proved to all the disciples that no one was above the law.  Jesus was fully human and divine.  Did He really have to celebrate the Festival of Unleavened Bread?  The answer is "YES" if He was to be obedient.  Secondly, in being obedient to God, He was given a forum to tell the disciples that one of THEM would betray Him.  This was the first time Jesus had said this to the disciples.  As we contemplate our Easter and the resurrection of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ, let's be obedient.  Let's gather as God commanded.  Let's eat together, sing songs and pray.  Then let's respond to Christ and ask the question of ourselves.  "Is It I?"