“Jesus and the Feast” out of Luke 22:7-20 was preached on September 2nd, 2012 by Pastor Brett Baggett at the worship gathering of Ekklesia Muskogee. Week #34 in Ekklesia’s The King and His Cross sermon series.
Scripture – Luke 22:7-20
7 Then came the day of Unleavened Bread, on which the Passover lamb had to be sacrificed. 8 So Jesus sent Peter and John, saying, “Go and prepare the Passover for us, that we may eat it.” 9 They said to him, “Where will you have us prepare it?” 10 He said to them, “Behold, when you have entered the city, a man carrying a jar of water will meet you. Follow him into the house that he enters 11 and tell the master of the house, ‘The Teacher says to you, Where is the guest room, where I may eat the Passover with my disciples?’ 12 And he will show you a large upper room furnished; prepare it there.” 13 And they went and found it just as he had told them, and they prepared the Passover.
14 And when the hour came, he reclined at table, and the apostles with him. 15 And he said to them, “I have earnestly desired to eat this Passover with you before I suffer. 16 For I tell you I will not eat it until it is fulfilled in the kingdom of God.” 17 And he took a cup, and when he had given thanks he said, “Take this, and divide it among yourselves. 18 For I tell you that from now on I will not drink of the fruit of the vine until the kingdom of God comes.” 19 And he took bread, and when he had given thanks, he broke it and gave it to them, saying, “This is my body, which is given for you. Do this in remembrance of me.” 20 And likewise the cup after they had eaten, saying, “This cup that is poured out for you is the new covenant in my blood.”
Jesus sits down to the Passover meal with His disciples, but it’s unlike any Passover meal that anyone had ever experienced. Jesus departs from the script of the tradition of the Passover that had been going for 1,400+ years. Instead of taking the bread and saying, “This is the bread of our affliction, that our forefathers ate in the wilderness”, Jesus says, “This is my body which is given for you.” Instead of raising the cup of wine and talking about God’s covenant promises to Israel, Jesus raises the cup and says he is establishing a new covenant, “This cup that is poured out for you is the new covenant in my blood.” Jesus is announcing that as a result of his substitutionary sacrifice for us, there is now a new covenant between us and God. The basis of this relationship is Jesus’ broken body and Jesus’ spilled blood- nothing else. Jesus leaves the Passover script in one more way. The Passover meal always had wine, bread, and a lamb, but there is no lamb mentioned at this Passover meal in any of the gospel accounts. Why? The lamb is not on the table because the Lamb is at the table. Jesus is the Lamb of God that takes away the sin of the world by the sacrifice of himself.
Jesus shows us that the Passover in Egypt was only a foreshadowing of the true and better Passover when God’s judgement would eternally pass over His’ people because Jesus sacrificed himself for sin once and for all. Jesus also shows us that the Exodus out of Egypt was only a foreshadowing of the true and better Exodus when he would lead his people out of slavery to sin and death by the conquering power of His resurrection.
Furthermore, when Jesus says, “I will not eat this bread again until it is fulfilled in the Kingdom of God” and “I will not drink of the fruit of the vine until the Kingdom of God comes” He is making sure that we know the basis of this new covenant, from beginning to end, is first and foremost about His commitment to us, not our commitment to Him. The gospel is not first and foremost about our commitment to Jesus; the gospel is first and foremost about Jesus’ commitment to us. Now, that’s good news.
Q1. In what ways is the Passover like the story of the gospel?
Q2. How would you respond to someone saying, “Well, the Old Testament is obsolete. It’s not very important.” What do we miss out on by overlooking the Old Testament of the Bible?
Q3. What does it mean that the gospel is first and foremost about Jesus’ commitment to us, rather that our commitment to Jesus? Why is it important to understand it the gospel (and the Christian life) this way?
Q4. Fill in the blank: Because Jesus is committed to me ________________________________.
When Jesus says, “I will not eat or drink of it again until the Kingdom of God” he’s pointing us to the great Feast at the end of history- the Marriage Supper of the Lamb.
Then I heard what seemed to be the voice of a great multitude, like the roar of many waters and like the sound of mighty peals of thunder, crying out, “Hallelujah! For the Lord our God the Almighty reigns. Let us rejoice and exult and give him the glory, for the marriage of the Lamb has come, and his Bride has made herself ready; it was granted her to clothe herself with fine linen, bright and pure”— for the fine linen is the righteous deeds of the saints. And the angel said to me, “Write this: Blessed are those who are invited to the marriage supper of the Lamb.”
Get ready. Because of Jesus, by the grace of Jesus, through faith in Jesus, we will one day feast to the glory of Jesus and our joy in Him! Amen.