OUR LORD’S LAST SUPPER.
DO THIS IN REMEMBRANCE OF ME!
John chapter 6v1-70 shows the need to listen and to share in this wonderful remembrance celebration of the “living bread” that came down to the earth, Jesus Christ.Jesus spoke of the manna which his father provided for the Israelite’s when they left Egypt and he pointed out that everyone was provided with the manna to eat including the many Egyptians who travelled with them and without the manna they would have died.
Showing how important it is to understand the difference between the manna in the wilderness and the manna that came down from the father today, the “living bread” through our lord Jesus.
Again, Jesus tells them from v32, “my father gives you the true bread from heaven. For the bread of God is that which comes down from heaven, and gives life to the world”. “For this is the will of my father, that everyone who sees the son and believes in him should have eternal life”.
Jesus says, he is the “living bread” sent down by his father and everyone must eat if they want eternal life and a resurrection on the last day. This bread is for the life of the world and unless you eat the flesh and drink my blood, you have no life in you, so Jesus instructions are for everyone. (6v 52) “This is the bread which came down from heaven not like the bread their father’s ate but this bread they will live forever.
Jesus is telling them that the bread, the manna, their fathers ate in the wilderness was food for the day only and they had to gather it up everyday whereas the “living bread” that has come down now from heaven will give eternal life to everyone that eats of it.
This chapter in John also gives us a greater insight as to the meaning of the bread and what the bread stands for. We need to look at this logically.
It is not the physical body of our lord that is the living bread but the spiritual qualities his body has as verse 63 shows, “it is the spirit that gives life, the flesh is of no avail, the words I have spoken to you are spirit and life”. Again, as Peter answered our lord, “you have the words of eternal life and we have believed and have come to know that you are the holy one of God”.
Remember we are a new creation under the Christ and not under the law of Moses to eat unleavened bread. This law was given to Israel and not to the Gentiles so everyone that insist on eating unleavened bread to remember our lord Jesus will do well to examine whether this is correct, or is it really from the antichrist’s teachings today.
We know the Israelites were instructed to celebrate the “Passover” every year as a reminder of the saving of the first-born when the angel passed over their homes. They were instructed how to celebrate this special meal with only “unleavened bread”.
Again, only the Israelites were instructed to eat of this meal and no foreigners were allowed to eat of it unless they had been circumcised to show they were under the Law of Moses.
The old covenant under Moses and the new covenant under the Christ are two separate covenants.
The old covenant “Unleavened bread” The unleavened bread is made up of dead dough (no signs of living dough)
The new covenant is the living bread and is made up of live dough, fermented dough. which is better represented by our lord.
Which brings us now to the gathering of the Gentiles and Jews in the new covenant under our lord Jesus as mediator instead of Moses. Under the old covenant through Moses, Gentiles were forbidden to celebrate the Passover by eating of that meal. But, not being under the old covenant means we are not instructed to use “unleavened bread” to remember our lord Jesus.
Paul tells is in 1st Cor 11v17-34 “I received from the lord what I also delivered to you, that the lord Jesus on the night he was betrayed took bread and when he had given thanks he broke it and said, this is my body which is for you do this in remembrance of me. In the same way also the cup, after supper saying this cup is the new covenant in my blood do this as often as you drink it in remembrance of me. For as often as you eat this bread and drink this cup you proclaim the lord’s death until he comes”.“Whoever, therefore, eats the bread or drinks the cup of the lord in an unworthy manner will be guilty of profaning the body and the blood of the lord”. When you meet together to remember me wait for everyone. Unworthy manner means not waiting for everyone to join in but eating it is a haphazard way. Everyone should partake of the living bread from Jesus if they want eternal life.(11v33,34)
What is interesting here is: ~ Paul does not specify any particular bread to use because he is talking to the Gentiles so logically speaking, it would not be needed to specify what bread. If it were, Paul would certainly have specified this but the fact that he does not, means no restrictions on what bread to use.
Paul shows the cup represents the new covenant under the Christ not the old covenant under Moses.
Firstly Paul has addressed this letter to “the saints together with all those who call upon Jesus name. Instructions are for everyone. (1v2)
Paul is not pleased with the church in Corinth, he speaks of divisions, (11v18) and v20 Paul shows they are missing the point of the celebration to remember Jesus. He tells them ~ they are not doing it correctly; they were in actual fact belittling the whole event. (11v27-29)
Many had met together and had taken their own food to eat as to the old covenant of the Passover and they ended with the emblems, but Paul shows they were being distracted from the holiness of it and they should eat their food at home instead. They were doing it in an unworthy manner.(11v33, 50) By not waiting for each other they were doing it in a disrespectful way. Once again the point of interest is: – these words are addressed to everyone.
Also 11v23-26 shows both the bread and the wine are to be partaken of by all “in remembrance of me”. Again everyone is instructed to share and it is to be done in remembrance of Jesus, what he has done for us by giving his life, shed blood, for the forgiveness of sins.
Not once do the apostle Paul instruct us as to what bread is used so logic would dictate to us that as we are not Jews under law we do not need to follow their customs and use “unleavened bread” but good wholesome bread with nothing removed the full living bread to represent our lord. Not just a little of our lord as to the unleavened bread but the full bodied living bread of our lord
What about Judas was he present at this very important time? Yes! He was according to all the evidence from the bible. John chapter 13v1-30 v1 shows it was before the Passover and it is interesting here in this account because John makes the difference between the “feast” and the supper they were eating. During supper as Matt, Luke and even Mark showed ~ this supper was not the “feast of the Passover” meal. (v2) The events of that supper shows the apostles thought Jesus was telling Judas to buy food for the “feast” proving it was still future. (v21-31 and v26-29) As the account shows this supper took place a few days prior to the Passover feast and this was when Judas went to the chief priests in order to betray Jesus.
Mark 14v1-13 says the same except v 17 where it confirms Jesus with the 12 and v 20 also confirms there were 12 present. The blood poured out for many was the promise one would have eternal life through faith in him.
Luke 22v1-7 again shows the Passover was near ~ Judas went to the chief priests in order to betray him (v 3, 7) and v 19 says it should be done in “remembrance” of him ~ it is a reminder of what Jesus did for us that is why we partake in the eating of the bread, which symbolises Jesus Christ.
So in all these accounts Judas was present when Jesus passed the bread proving everyone should eat of this living bread if they have faith in Jesus and for the forgiveness of their sins on the basis of sacrifice.
When should this memorial take place? When we lose someone very dear to us we remember the anniversary of their death so it would be right to remember our lord’s death in the same way.
Although we have not been given a specific date as the old covenant had under Moses to celebrate the Passover, the apostle Paul does say it was the night Jesus was betrayed.
We also know he was the sacrificial lamb of God to take away our sins and he was put to death on “the day of preparation” the day before the Passover and his body had to be removed and placed in the tomb before the Passover started. John chapter 18v28, 19v31-38.
The day of preparation was the day the lambs were chosen and slaughtered ready for the Passover feast and as the lamb that takes away the sins of the world, Jesus, had to die on this day too.
Let us all remember our lord Jesus and what he has done for us and as we wait for him to return as our king let us remember him in this way just as he has instructed us.
DO THIS IN REMEMBRANCE OF ME!