March 1st, 2017
Some years ago I knew a man whose mother was weakened by advancing years. One day, while visiting her, he mentioned how he loved her fried chicken and wished he could taste it again. “I don’t think I’m strong enough to stand at the stove for that long,” his mother sadly observed. “Not even if I held you up?” he pleaded. They both laughed at the preposterous notion.
The events of this Passover meal were vividly impressed on the minds of the disciples. Each aspect was carefully anticipated and prepared. The room, the towel and basin used to wash the disciples’ feet, the Passover meal, and the bread and wine were carefully prepared. Jesus “eagerly desired” to eat this meal with them (v. 15). These were moments to savor and someday share with others in remembrance of Him (v. 19).
What love is shown in the provision, preparation, and promise of that night! He has assured us that the day will come when He will share it again with His disciples in God’s kingdom (v. 18). In this remembrance, we get a taste of eternity.
Author: Duane Brush