And he said to them,
"I have earnestly desired to eat this Passover with you before I suffer."
Today is Maundy Thursday. Maundy comes from the Latin which means command or ordinance because this is the day, two-thousand years ago, when Jesus instituted the Lord’s Supper for the church and commanded them to “do this in remembrance of me.” Yet often when we celebrate the Lord’s Supper or when we think of Jesus’ last supper with his disciples, we tend to think joyful thoughts. We tend to think of The Last Supper painting by Italian Renaissance artist, Leonardo da Vinci and think, ‘Aw. What a pleasant scene.’ But listen to the words of Christ when he institutes the Lord’s Supper: “I have earnestly desired to eat this Passover with you before I suffer.” Like a man getting ready to walk the green mile, he knew this was his last meal. He knew that in a few short hours he would be experiencing unimaginable pain and suffering. He was both frightened and heartbroken that sin had brought so much suffering and misery into the world. And yet he was prepared to be the Passover lamb for all those who will repent of their sins and place their faith in Christ as their Lord and Savior. Today, take some time to reflect on Christ, the Lamb of God, who took upon himself the sins of the world.
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