They (Peter and John) left and found things just as Jesus had told them. So they prepared the Passover. When the hour came, Jesus and his apostles reclined at the table. And he said to them, “I have eagerly desired to eat this Passover with you before I suffer. For I tell you, I will not eat it again until it finds fulfillment in the kingdom of God.” (Luke 22:13-16)
There’s nothing ordinary about this Passover meal (Seder) except the food prepared by Peter and John. They walk into Jerusalem and a man serving Jesus puts a water jug on his head. This was unusual because it was women who carried water on their heads. Peter and John easily spot him and follow him into the house with the upper room. Presumably Peter and John picked up the lamb they had sacrificed at the temple and finish cooking it outside on a spit while they made unleavened bread in the Upper Room and set the table.
When Jesus and the other apostles arrive, they eat dinner. The host or father was expected to tell the story about the Jews suffering from slavery in Egypt, but Jesus talks about His own suffering. Instead of saying the Seder is eaten every year in remembrance of God’s saving grace, Jesus proclaims it will be His last Supper.
The original Passover supper was eaten prior to God saving the Jews from slavery in Egypt. Jesus’ last Passover supper on earth was on the eve of saving us from sin and guilt. Jesus speaks to his friends from his heart, telling them His desire to have His “Last Supper” with them. In hours Jesus would become the sacrificial Passover lamb in the New Covenant to save all from sin. The next time Jesus eats the Passover meal, it will be in heaven, still in the future, when the full number of Gentiles are received in heaven to fulfill the New Covenant and when the Covenant with Abraham and his descendants is fulfilled and all the Jews are saved. The Bible calls it the wedding supper of the lamb. What a glorious day that will be!
Dearest God, thank you for the saving grace of Your Son, Jesus Christ and freedom from my wrongdoings and guilt. I pray for a friend like John to support me as I leave at the cross. In Jesus’ name I pray. Amen