When the time came, Jesus and the apostles were sitting at the table. He said to them, “I wanted very much to eat this Passover meal with you before I suffer. I will not eat another Passover meal until it is given its true meaning in the kingdom of God.” Luke 22:14-15.
Over 1,200 years before Jesus, God’s people, the Jews, were slaves in Egypt. God sent Moses to tell Pharaoh, the Egyptian king, to let God’s people go. Pharaoh kept changing his mind. Yes, no, yes, no, yes, no. Finally God said he would punish the king and judge the country by killing all the first born males in that country. But God also gave a way out. Sacrifice a lamb or a young goat, take its blood and put it around the door of your house, and the destroying angel would “pass over” your house. Your first born males would be safe. That was Passover.
Here Jesus says He really wanted to eat Passover with His closest followers before He suffered and died. He didn’t say the Jewish Passover was wrong, but He did say Passover would get its true meaning.
So two questions: What is that true meaning of Passover, and why would Jesus want to do this?
Questions to think about this week!