“REMEMBER THE LAST SUPPER” Matt. 26:17-29
INTRO – Last things are significant:
- Last words
- Last event
- Last activity
Jesus’ Last Supper with His disciples before He went to the cross was a significant moment.
The Reasons for the Last Supper
- The Customs of the OT – Passover (Pesach in Hebrew) is a Jewish festival celebrating the exodus from Egypt and the Israelites’ freedom from slavery to the Egyptians. The Feast of Passover, along with the Feast of Unleavened Bread, was the first of the festivals to be commanded by God for Israel to observe.
- Exodus 12 gives the directions & instructions for the observing of Passover.
- Ex. 12:14 – “This day shall be for you a memorial day, & you shall keep it as a feast to the Lord; throughout your generations, as a statute forever, you shall keep it as a feast.”
- The Coming of the Betrayal – The betrayal of Jesus was a part of God’s divine, sovereign plan for our redemption. Ps. 41:9 – “Even my close friend in whom I trusted, who ate my bread, has lifted his heel against me.” After Judas took the morsel of bread, Satan entered into him (John 13:27). He then went out to keep his promise to the religious leaders in delivering Jesus into their hands; and even then, the other disciples did not know what he was doing. “He went immediately out; and it was night” (John 13:30). For Judas, it is still night.
- The Creation of the Communion – After Judas went out, Jesus introduced & instituted something new. He took 2 elements of the Passover meal, the bread & the wine, & used these to picture His own death. Let’s take a look at that now as our WMT leads us.
The Remembrance of the Lord’s Supper
- His Heavy Burden – Jesus took on the sins of the whole world when He went to the cross. He took MY sins. He took YOUR sins. He did this so that we would not have to pay the price for our sins, & that price is death! 2 Cor. 5:21 – “…God made Christ, who never sinned, to be the offering for our sin, so that we could be made right with God through Christ” (NLT). The agony of the cross was not just the physical suffering He endured for us – though that suffering was immense. It was the agony of taking the weight of the sins of the world, the agony of having His Father turn away from Him, the agony of being forsaken as He ALONE paid the price for our sins.
- His Broken Body – The physical torture that Jesus went through for us was incredible. The beatings, the spitting, the slapping, the striking w/ sticks, the flogging – unbelievable. The OT prophet Isaiah spoke about this when he said in Isa. 53:5-6 – “…He was pierced for our transgressions; He was crushed for our iniquities; upon Him was the chastisement that brought us peace, & by His wounds, we are healed. All we like sheep have gone astray; we have turned – every one – to his own way; & the Lord has laid on Him the iniquity of us all.”
- His Shed Blood – “…this is my blood of the covenant, which is poured out for many for the forgiveness of sins.” (v. 28) Heb. 9:22 – “…w/out the shedding of blood, there is no forgiveness of sins.”
Several years ago in Oshawa, Ontario, Canada, George and Vera Bajenksi’s lives were changed forever. February 16, 1989. A very normal Thursday morning. The phone rang at 9:15 a.m. “There’s been an accident…” It involved their son Ben. As they approached the intersection of Adelaide and Simcoe Streets near the high school, they could see the flashing lights of the police cars and ambulance units. Vera noticed a photographer and followed the direction of his camera lens to the largest pool of blood she had ever seen. All she could say was, “George, Ben went home–home to be with his Heavenly Father!” Her first reaction was to jump out of the car, somehow collect the blood and put it back into her son. “That blood, for me, at that moment, became the most precious thing in the world because it was life. It was life-giving blood and it belonged in my son, my only son, the one I loved so much.” The road was dirty and the blood just didn’t belong there. George noticed that cars were driving right through the intersection–right through the blood. His heart was smitten. He wanted to cover the blood with his coat and cry, “You will not drive over the blood of my son!” Then Vera understood for the first time in her life, one of God’s greatest and most beautiful truths…why blood? Because it was the strongest language God could have used. It was the most precious thing He could give– the highest price He could pay.
Through God’s amazing love we were redeemed with the precious blood of Christ. 1 Peter 1:18-19 – “…you know that you were redeemed from your empty way of life inherited from the fathers, not with perishable things like silver or gold, 19 but with the precious blood of Christ, like that of a lamb without defect or blemish.” (HCSB) May we never treat lightly nor trample underfoot the blood of God’s Son. Hebrews 10:29 – “Just think how much worse the punishment will be for those who have trampled on the Son of God, and have treated the blood of the covenant, which made us holy, as if it were common and unholy, and have insulted and disdained the Holy Spirit who brings God’s mercy to us.” (NLT)
- “Amazing love! How can it be? That thou, My God, shouldst die for me!” (Charles Wesley).
The Rejoicing in the Lamb’s Supper – There’s another supper that we who are Christ-followers will participate in. It’s found in Rev. 19:6-9.
The marriage supper of the Lamb of God! What an amazing event that will be! To understand it, we need to understand the wedding customs in the time of Christ.
These wedding customs had three major parts. First, a marriage contract was signed by the parents of the bride and the bridegroom, and the parents of the bridegroom or the bridegroom himself would pay a dowry to the bride or her parents. This began what was called the betrothal period—what we would today call the engagement. This period was the one Joseph and Mary were in when she was found to be with child (Matthew 1:18; Luke 2:5).
The second step in the process usually occurred a year later, when the bridegroom, accompanied by his male friends, went to the house of the bride at midnight, creating a torchlight parade through the streets. The bride would know in advance this was going to take place, and so she would be ready with her maidens, and they would all join the parade and end up at the bridegroom’s home. This custom is the basis of the parable of the ten virgins in Matthew 25:1–13. The third phase was the marriage supper itself, which might go on for days, as illustrated by the wedding at Cana in John 2:1–2.
What John’s vision in Revelation pictures is the wedding feast of the Lamb (Jesus Christ) and His bride (the Church) in its third phase. The implication is that the first two phases have already taken place. The first phase was completed on earth when each individual believer placed his or her faith in Christ as Savior. The dowry paid to the bridegroom’s parent (God the Father) would be the blood of Christ shed on the Bride’s behalf. The Church on earth today, then, is “betrothed” to Christ, and, like the wise virgins in the parable, all believers should be watching and waiting for the appearance of the Bridegroom (the Second Coming). The second phase symbolizes the rapture of the Church, when Christ comes to claim His bride and take her to the Father’s house. The marriage supper then follows as the third and final step. It is our view that the marriage supper of the Lamb takes place in heaven between the rapture and the second coming (during the tribulation on earth). (http://www.gotquestions.org/marriage-supper-Lamb.html)
So we rejoice today as we consider the marriage supper of the Lamb.
- We Rejoice in our Invitation – The Lord Jesus Himself has invited us to join Him one day at this feast.
- We Rejoice in our Salvation – Only those who have placed their faith in Christ alone for their salvation will be at this wedding feast. And what a party it is going to be!
- We Rejoice in our Anticipation – We await the day when the Rapture will happen – when Jesus, our Bridegroom, comes to get us, the Church, His Bride, to take us home to His Father’s house.
 Wiersbe, W. W. (1996). The Bible exposition commentary (Vol. 1, p. 96). Wheaton, IL: Victor Books.