For while we were yet weak, in due season Christ died for the ungodly. Rom. 5,6
THE FOUNDING OF THE LORD‘S SUPPER
17 Now on the first day of Unleavened Bread the disciples came to Jesus and asked, "Where do You want us to prepare for You to eat the Passover?" 18 And He said, "Go into the city to a certain man, and say to him, 'The Teacher says, "My time is near; I am to keep the Passover at your house with My disciples."'" 19 The disciples did as Jesus had directed them; and they prepared the Passover. 20 Now when evening came, Jesus was reclining at the table with the twelve disciples. 21 As they were eating, He said, "Truly I say to you that one of you will betray Me." 22 Being deeply grieved, they each one began to say to Him, "Surely not I, Lord?" 23 And He answered, "He who dipped his hand with Me in the bowl is the one who will betray Me. 24 "The Son of Man is to go, just as it is written of Him; but woe to that man by whom the Son of Man is betrayed! It would have been good for that man if he had not been born." 25 And Judas, who was betraying Him, said, "Surely it is not I, Rabbi?" Jesus said to him, "You have said it yourself." 26 While they were eating, Jesus took some bread, and after a blessing, He broke it and gave it to the disciples, and said, "Take, eat; this is My body." 27 And when He had taken a cup and given thanks, He gave it to them, saying, "Drink from it, all of you; 28 for this is My blood of the covenant, which is poured out for many for forgiveness of sins. 29 "But I say to you, I will not drink of this fruit of the vine from now on until that day when I drink it new with you in My Father's kingdom."
Jesus has reached the last Easter feast, in His life here on earth. But
it is not becoming the last altogether - it shall come an absolute
Easter feast, in heaven, one day, as He says here.
And you can boldly let it loose already here - you who has taken your refuge in this blood. That is namely those who also will be there, by His table in heaven one day - yes, on that definite day Jesus mentioning here. An everlasting day in our future, a day which comes closer to us for every second that goes by.
Are you going to be there one day? Certainly, then you must start to
drink this blood, and eat this body here and now, while you are still
wandering here on earth.
It is not so much good to say about these disciples - they were
cowardly, they failed etc. - but it is peculiar to register what a
self-knowledge they already had reached. "The heart notably is so
fraudulent," as he says Per Nordsletten
(Norwegian revivalist preacher)
in one of his most known songs.
We shall look some on just this, in the text forth - something that also
shows, that this hearts comprehension did not stuck that very deeply
yet, in some of them, and especially not in Peter.
They really believed that they should be able to stand. It was no
wickedness, or rebellion, in this - they simply followed their own
hearts thoughts, and belief - and with that the natural rebellion
against God, and the spiritual darkness, was revealed.
And so, we know what happened to these disciples, and Peter notably. Yes, how did it end? As The Lord had told!
But now you are going to get to seize the consolation - that which
builds your house upon the rock - namely the Lords faithfulness and
truth, expressed in His word and promises. Just listen:
"But I say to you, I will
not drink of this fruit of the vine from now on until that day when I
drink it new with you in My Father's kingdom." (v.29).
The Word of God is not something impersonal - it talks to
preaches unto you that you are
preaches you that you are
according to as your position is.
But as mentioned, a comprehension of truth had begun to germinate forth
within them - and when Jesus is coming with the terrifically forecast -
that one of them shall betray Him – they do not look at the others, but
and asks heartfelt: "Surely
not I, Lord?"
It appears to me namely, that it certainly could be me! In other words:
I'm surely capable of it.
And so accordingly, that promise at the end, which so far is not fulfilled, but stands as steady as the Lord Himself: "But I say to you, I will not drink of this fruit of the vine from now on until that day when I drink it new with you in My Father's kingdom." (v.29)!
May that day soon arrive!
See! See! See! And live!
Holy Bible, New American