Not by Bread Alone: A 31-Day series

Day twenty-three: The passion of Christ

“I have eagerly desired to eat this Passover with you before I suffer.” Luke 22:15

The more I read this verse, the more I love it.

Jesus was about to suffer, not only an excruciating death, but also all the grief and darkness of the sins of every person who ever lived. Just bearing the weight of my own sins all in one afternoon is impossible for me to imagine. But the whole world? Jesus was about to take it upon himself.

Revelation 13:8 says that Jesus was the “lamb who was slain from the creation of the world.”

He had known, since before he first spoke light into the universe, or breathed into Adam’s lungs that it would eventually come to this. But now the moment was almost here, and what did Jesus want most?

To eat the Passover meal with his disciples.

We talked Monday about how we love with food, and I think that is, at least in part what was going on here. After my sister-in-law’s sudden death last month, almost immediately, friends of our family began to fill Jason’s parents’ house with food. Casseroles and bread and pie covered every square inch of counter space, quietly whispering, “I know I can’t fill the hole in your heart, but at least let me fill your stomach.”

Food fills us up when nothing else can.

And before Jesus was nailed to a cross, before he was beaten or tried before Pilate, before he sweat blood in desperate prayer, his heavy heart wanted a plate of food in the company of his dearest friends.

Of course it wasn’t just any meal that Jesus wanted to share with them. It was the Passover meal.

And he took it and he made it into something new.

This is my body, broken for you. This is the new covenant of my blood, shed for you.

Jesus invites us to the table with him. Into a new covenant, where the veil is torn and Jesus’ blood and broken body open the door wide to God’s presence for Jew and Gentile alike.

Jesus eagerly desires to share a meal with you today, my friend. He died just so it would be possible.

Will you accept his invitation?

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This post is part of a 31-day series. A list of all the other posts in this series can be found here.

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