Earnestly Desired

by J. Randal Matheny
lsupperbread.jpg“And he said to them, ‘I have earnestly desired to eat this Passover with you before I suffer.'”
Luke 22:15 NET
When Jesus wants something intensely, it’s worth paying attention.
Intensely. He said literally, “With desire I have desired.” Some scholars understand this as a hangover from the Hebrew which intensifies the idea of the verb.
If they’re right, Jesus, then, really wanted to eat this Passover with his disciples.
Why this Passover?
It was the last one, with the cross looming before him, but that seems to present no special reason.
A better reason is that Jesus turns this Passover into his Supper for the church throughout all time.
It is the moment when the type gives way to the antitype.
It would be the meal that opens from twelve places in a single room to millions of places in meetings around the world.
It would be a celebration that moved from a physical rescue to a spiritual redemption.
If Jesus thought so highly of his Supper, and desired so intensely that moment, how much more should we value this memorial meal?

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