Luke 22:15-20 NIV
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….”
Jesus was excited to eat the Passover feast with the disciples. Not for the good food. Not even just for the fellowship. But because the Passover was a “shadow” of the coming sacrifice of the Messiah that would end all sacrifice. He was excited to spend this feast with them and know that the promise in this observance would be fulfilled in less than a day. It was His promise in the first place, and now, He would come through, and make good on the promise. That is exciting! Because the promise is that when the Lamb is slain, and you cover your self/soul/life in the blood, death will pass over you. You will be the Lord’s and you will not die!
And he added a new covenant, or hugely important promise, to the meal. They took the meal to remember the promise of deliverance. But the addition of the bread and wine is a seal of the completion of the promise. Eat and remember the promise. Take the bread and wine, and remember the fulfillment of Christ on the cross. The promise has been kept.
And it all points to what happens the next day: he becomes the Passover lamb. His body is broken and his blood is poured out on the cross. The day after he makes this crazy new covenant about bread and wine!
Am I that excited to spend time with Jesus? Do I share His excitement in this relationship? Do I have that excitement living for God? He had an amazing blessing for us in that day. He did that so we could spend eternity with Him. He did that so He could share eternity with us. That is so, so, so exciting! God wanted to spend eternity with me. So he willingly chose to die for me, just to have that.
So, Lord, I must live for you. Not out of obligation, but because your love in that act has changed my life, and all I want is to live for you; with you; in you; and to please you. You chose me. I choose You.