As we travel through this important week from Palm Sunday to Easter, we turn our focus to Jesus and the events of the climactic week that included his betrayal, trial, crucifixion, and resurrection.
Read Luke 22:7-23
Then came the day of Unleavened Bread on which the Passover lamb had to be sacrificed. Jesus sent Peter and John, saying, "Go and make preparations for us to eat the Passover."
"Where do you want us to prepare for it?" they asked.
He replied, "As you enter the city, a man carrying a jar of water will meet you. Follow him to the house that he enters, and say to the owner of the house, 'The Teacher asks: Where is the guest room, where I may eat the Passover with my disciples?' He will show you a large room upstairs, all furnished. Make preparations there."
They 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."
After taking the cup, he gave thanks and said, "Take this and divide it among you. For I tell you I will not drink again from the fruit of the vine until the kingdom of God comes."
And he took bread, gave thanks and broke it, and gave it to them, saying, “This is my body given for you; do this in remembrance of me."
In the same way, after the supper he took the cup, saying, "This cup is the new covenant in my blood, which is poured out for you. But the hand of him who is going to betray me is with mine on the table. The Son of Man will go as it has been decreed. But woe to that man who betrays him!" They began to question among themselves which of them it might be who would do this.
At this meal that marked the Jewish holy day of Passover, Jesus serves bread and wine to his disciples, declaring it to be "my body given for you" and "my blood, which is poured out for you." With our hindsight, we can see an obvious allusion to Jesus' imminent crucifixion. In your life, how do you experience the giving of Jesus' body, the pouring out of his blood for you?
Jesus, you saw the crucifixion in your immediate path, but you didn't hesitate to keep stepping toward it. Give us the wisdom to see what this event did for us and how it suggests we should live our own lives.