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Thursday, March 29 2018
The Last Supper
"And when the hour was come, He sat down, and the twelve apostles with Him. And He said unto them, With desire I have desired to eat this Passover with you before I suffer: For I say unto you, I will not any more eat thereof, until it be fulfilled in the Kingdom of God"
Each year, many people begin to observe the true Christian Holy Days (see Holy Day Calendar) according to the Messiah's command and example. The first of the annual Holy Days, or annual Sabbaths (see The Two Sabbaths Of Passover Week), is also the most familiar - Passover, which includes the days of Passover, also known as the days of Unleavened Bread.
Passover originated at the time of the Exodus, as commanded by the LORD God - Who was later born as Jesus Christ (see A Biography Of Jesus Christ: The LORD God Of Creation). The LORD also established His other annual Christian Holy Days at that time. They are the LORD's Holy Days, not "the Jewish Holy Days" or anyone else's Holy Days (see The True Christian Holy Days).
Nisan 14, the day on which the Messiah was Crucified (see also Who Was The Carpenter That Built The Cross?), obviously is about the Saviour's Sacrifice as the "Lamb of God" for the sins of humanity. Then Nisan 15 to 21, the seven days of Unleavened Bread, represent repentance and "putting sin out of our lives" in order to accept the Messiah's Sacrifice (see Unleavened Bread: Why Observe The True Christian Holy Days?). Observing a Holy Day can't save anyone, but the repentant attitude to observe the Holy Day, as commanded by the LORD, is a factor in Judgment (see Christ Died For Repentant Sinners).
While there are many traditions that have been developed to observe it, this study covers only what the historical record says about how the Messiah observed it that evening - and how He said to observe it from that evening. The purpose of Daily Bible Study is to study what the Word of God actually says. With the reality of the Biblical account, the reader is then equipped to judge whether any particular tradition or manner of observance is in keeping with the Messiah's commands and instructions - or contrary to them.
First, why is it also generally called "the Last Supper"? It originated from the Messiah's statement that it was the last time that He would observe it until He returns: "I will not any more eat thereof, until it be fulfilled in the Kingdom of God." The "Last Supper" was actually "The Last Passover."
"22:14 And when the hour was come, he sat down, and the twelve apostles with him. 22:15 And he said unto them, With desire I have desired to eat this passover with you before I suffer: 22:16 For I say unto you, I will not any more eat thereof, until it be fulfilled in the kingdom of God." (Luke 22:14-16 KJV)
There are three fundamental elements of what the Messiah did, and commanded to do, along with His Sermon and the closing hymn that they all sang together:
A summary from Matthew:
"26:26 And as they were eating, Jesus took bread, and blessed it, and brake it, and gave it to the disciples, and said, Take, eat; this is my body.
It should always be kept in mind that Passover is not a "party" - as the apostle Paul later made clear to anyone who "shall eat this bread, and drink this cup of the Lord, unworthily."
"11:20 When ye come together therefore into one place, this is not to eat the Lord's supper. 11:21 For in eating every one taketh before other his own supper: and one is hungry, and another is drunken. 11:22 What? have ye not houses to eat and to drink in? or despise ye the church of God, and shame them that have not? What shall I say to you? shall I praise you in this? I praise you not.
Other matters and instructions were included. The first was the revealing of the traitor (see The Traitor In History And Prophecy) - who then left before the service was completed.
"26:21 And as they did eat, he said, Verily I say unto you, that one of you shall betray me.
The Messiah also then commanded them to not compete to be the "leader" ("strife among them") of the Messiah's Church - perhaps the primary reason, among those who ignore and disobey His Command, that so many opposing and competing "Christian" (in Name) churches have come into existence (see also Will Jesus Christ Obey Your Christian Religion? and Why Call Me, Lord, Lord, and Do Not The Things Which I Say?). It may have also been the primary reason that Judas Iscariot became a rebel - he lusted to "lead." Notice that the matter of Judas the traitor and the warning not to lust to lead were spoken together.
"22:24 And there was also a strife among them, which of them should be accounted the greatest. 22:25 And he said unto them, The kings of the Gentiles exercise lordship over them; and they that exercise authority upon them are called benefactors. 22:26 But ye shall not be so: but he that is greatest among you, let him be as the younger; and he that is chief, as he that doth serve. 22:27 For whether is greater, he that sitteth at meat, or he that serveth? is not he that sitteth at meat? but I am among you as he that serveth. 22:28 Ye are they which have continued with me in my temptations. 22:29 And I appoint unto you a kingdom, as my Father hath appointed unto me; 22:30 That ye may eat and drink at my table in my kingdom, and sit on thrones judging the twelve tribes of Israel." (Luke 22:24-30 KJV)
Observing Passover with others is the preferred manner - as the Messiah's own example also states: "With desire I have desired to eat this Passover with you." Many people however find themselves observing Passover alone for a variety of legitimate reasons. Being alone is not a valid reason to not observe Passover - or any of the other true Christian Holy Days.
The foot washing is the only part of the observance that cannot be observed by those who observe Passover alone, but the LORD knows the heart i.e. whether or not "the spirit is willing." The genuine willingness to obey His command and do it if it were possible is the same as doing it.
The foot washing is recorded only in John, with everything else identical to the other writers. It is all quoted here to indicate when the foot washing was done - and another prophecy about Judas that was fulfilled by it i.e. "He that eateth bread with me hath lifted up his heel against me" (the Messiah was quoting from Psalm 41:9; see also What Did King David Prophesy About Judas Iscariot?).
"13:2 And supper being ended, the devil having now put into the heart of Judas Iscariot, Simon's son, to betray him; 13:3 Jesus knowing that the Father had given all things into his hands, and that he was come from God, and went to God; 13:4 He riseth from supper, and laid aside his garments; and took a towel, and girded himself. 13:5 After that he poureth water into a bason, and began to wash the disciples' feet, and to wipe them with the towel wherewith he was girded.
The apostle John also recorded the detailed Sermon that the Messiah delivered to them at that time. Reading all of His instructions, prayers and prophecies during the observance of Passover is recommended for everyone (it's recorded in John chapters 14, 15, 16 and 17), but particularly those who find themselves observing Passover "alone" because you aren't really alone. Along with the many people all around the world who are observing it with a small or large group, there are many others who are observing it by themselves - but all together. In due time, all will then be united with the Messiah. From the Messiah's Passover Sermon that night:
"14:2 In my Father's house are many mansions: if it were not so, I would have told you. I go to prepare a place for you. 14:3 And if I go and prepare a place for you, I will come again, and receive you unto myself; that where I am, there ye may be also." (John 14:2-3 KJV)
Fact Finder: What is the purpose of the Messiah's foot washing teaching?
This Day In History, March 29
87 BC: Emperor Wu of Han of China died at age 69 (see also The First Chinese American War).
502: Burgundian King Gundobad proclaimed a new legal code (Lex Burgundionum) at Lyon. It unified the laws of the Gallo-Romans and the Burgundians.
1430: The Ottoman Empire under Murad II captured the Byzantine city of Thessalonica (the city is known in the Bible from two epistles of the apostle Paul; see 1 Thessalonians: Prove All Things, Hold Fast What Is Good and 2 Thessalonians: The Falling Away Of The Son Of Perdition).
1461: The bloodiest battle of the Wars of the Roses occurred near York. 35,000 Yorkists battled 40,000 Lancastrians to secure the English throne for Yorkist Edward IV.
1638: The first permanent European settlement in Delaware was established by Swedish Lutherans.
1778: English explorer James Cook landed at Vancouver Island. A year later, Cook was killed (and some reports say eaten) by natives in the islands of Hawaii, which Cook originally named the Sandwich Islands (after the Earl of Sandwich, a supporter of Cook's voyages).
1798: The Helvetic Republic, a government set up by the French directory in Switzerland from the ten cantons, was proclaimed.
1792: King Gustavus III of Sweden died of gunshot wounds inflicted by an assassin 2 weeks earlier.
1809: In Sweden, Gustavus IV was forced to abdicate after a number of military defeats against Denmark. He was succeeded by Charles XIII.
1848: For the first time in recorded history, Niagara Falls stopped flowing. An ice jam in the Niagara River above the rim of the falls caused the water to stop.
1867: The British North America Act established the Dominion of Canada comprising Quebec, Ontario, Nova Scotia and New Brunswick.
1871: In London, Queen Victoria opened the Royal Albert Hall in memory of her late husband Prince Albert.
1867: The U.S. purchased Alaska from Russia for $7.2 million dollars.
1936: The democratically-elected dictator Adolf Hitler (see Why Does Satan Love Liars? and Iniquity In History And Prophecy) received 99% of the votes in a referendum to ratify Germany's reoccupation of the Rhineland.
1939: The Spanish Civil War ended in victory for Francisco Franco. Adolf Hitler and Benito Mussolini had aided Franco.
1941: During the Second World War, British warships sank 5 Italian warships off the Peloponnesus coast in The Mediterranean Sea.
1945: During the Second World War (1939-1945), the last day of the Nazi V-1 "flying bombs" (i.e. rockets) struck on England. After the war, many of the Nazi rocket scientists were welcomed into the U.S., including Wernher von Braun who was the head of Adolf Hitler's liquid-fuel rocket program that was used to bomb Britain (in which thousands of British civilians were killed). The war criminal Wernher von Braun, who later admitted that he had been more than just a scientist (he was a member of both Hitler's political Nazi party and Hitler's war-criminal SS, the "schutzstaffel") worked on the development of NASA rockets (despite the opposition of those who knew the truth about "the NASA Nazi," including many Jews and Jewish holocaust survivors) and U.S. nuclear missiles.
1962: Cuba opened the trial of the "Bay of Pigs" invaders.
1971: U.S. Army Lieutenant William Calley was convicted of premeditated murder and sentenced to life in prison for his ordering the massacre of over 500 Vietnamese civilians (unarmed old men, women and babies) in their village of My Lai in March 1968. Although convicted of the heinous war crimes, Calley the "war hero" was quietly released from custody not long afterward.
1975: President Anwar Sadat of Egypt declared that he would reopen the Suez Canal.
1982: The Canada Act of 1982 received Royal Assent from Queen Elizabeth II, thereby leading to Canada's new Constitution of 1982.
2002: In response to the "Passover Massacre" two days before, Israel launched "Operation Defensive Shield" against Palestinian terrorists in the "West Bank" - the largest since the 1967 Six-Day War (see also Israel's Wars In The Twentieth Century).
2004: The Republic of Ireland became the first country in the world to ban smoking in all workplaces, including restaurants and bars.