Friday, October 26, 2012

Harmony of the Gospels

154. Last Supper- Matt. 26:17-29, Mark 14:18-25, Luke 22:7-23


-This last supper with the disciples occurs on the Thursday evening before the Christ’s crucifixion, Nisan 15, which is the first day of Unleavened Bread. Jesus instructs Peter and John to go and prepare the supper in an upper room in the city of Jerusalem at an unknown man’s guest room whom Jesus directed them to, either prearranged or supernaturally. When it was evening they ate the meal together as to the custom of the Jews reclining at the table. It is at this time that Jesus reveals that one with them will betray Him. He dips in the dish bowl with Judas Iscariot, and He pronounces woe upon him saying it would have been better if he had not been born. Ouch! The Lord reminds us that all had been written and determined beforehand concerning His going to the cross.

-The communion is given for the first time here in this occasion. They eat the bread of the body and drink the cup of the blood of the New Covenant together for the last time before Christ’s sacrifice for the salvation of all mankind unto the forgiveness of sins (Matthew 26:28). Jesus prophecies that they will not drink of the fruit of the vine again until they drink it new together in the Father’s Kingdom. This refers to the Messianic wedding banquet in the eschaton (Matthew 8:11, Revelation 19:9). *Application* Communion is a holy, somber, and righteous act done in remembrance of the Son and His salvific activities at the cross. It represents how the Lord has reunified us together with Him and each other as believers in perfect union. It is the consummation of the New Covenant ratified in His blood shed for us in pain and suffering for the purpose of justification from all sin in the Father’s sight unto the believer. Never lose sight of the importance of this offering God in His grace bestowed upon us, His beloved. Some have wrongly taken communion unto serious consequences in the spiritual realm (1 Corinthians 11:27-31). Don’t be flippant when partaking of the Lord’s bread and cup.


Verse to Memorize- Matthew 26:26-28


155. Jesus betrayal foretold- Matt. 26:20-25, Mark 14:18-21, Luke 22:20-23, John 13:16-30


-During the last supper together with the disciples Jesus forecasts His betrayer with specific woe upon Judas Iscariot. Satan enters him in a powerful way as Jesus takes some bread and dips in the bowl with His betrayer. This was in fulfillment of the Scriptures more than likely speaking of the suffering servant prophecies in Isaiah 42-53 and perhaps some of David’s writings (Psalm 55:12-14). Judas hurriedly leaves the meal after these words into the night. Christ’s time was at hand, and He would be delivered into the hands of evil men. The disciples did not recognize what was going on at the time and thought Judas was going out to get more supplies as he was the one with the money bags or perhaps give something to the poor. *Application* Be on guard against Satan’s attacks to enter you and make you do things that are against the will and purposes of God. The Bible tells us to resist the devil and he will flee from you (James 4:7). Judas allowed that evil spirit to run his life and it brought upon him disaster. Learn from his massive mistake.


Verses to Memorize- John 13:21

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