In Luke 22, Jesus and His disciples were having the Passover Meal together. The Passover Meal was an important tradition. Each piece of the meal was full of symbolism, full of significance…it helped them remember. They remembered where they came from, remembered how God rescued them from slavery in Egypt, remembered how God made a way where there was no way through the Red Sea, remembered how the blood of the lambs on the doorposts saved their children from the curse.
Passover. A meal that helped them remember.
At this particular Passover meal, this Last Supper in Luke 22, Jesus tells them to remember something new…not just the freedom from Egypt or the passing over of the curse of death by the blood on the doorposts. Jesus breaks bread and pours the fruit of the vine and He tells His disciples to eat and to drink and to “do this in remembrance of Me.” (Luke 22:19) He wanted them - He wants us - to remember Him.
Because everything that the Passover was, everything that it pointed to, everything that it symbolized…Jesus fulfilled. When His body was broken and His blood was poured, when He laid His life down and then rose back to life again…when Jesus became our spotless lamb, broken and sacrificed for us…every prophecy, every promise, everything was fulfilled. So when we break the bread that represents His body, and when we pour the drink that represents His blood, we remember – we remember where we came from, we remember how God rescued us from the chains of sin and death, we remember how Jesus made a way where there was no way, we remember that HIS blood covers our sin and saves us from the curse of death.
So on the Thursday before Easter - on Maundy Thursday - we gather as a family and have a special meal together. We call it our "Last Supper" Meal, and it has become a very special tradition for us.
The girls help me make unleavened bread. We pull out some sparkling grape juice. We decorate the table and light some candles. We prepare a special meal. (This year I tried a new recipe for Maple Glazed Cornish Hens - you can get the recipe here).
I usually try to keep it simple but special. One of these days I would love to try to make a Christian Passover/Messianic Seder meal, but for now we've chosen to just focus on the unleavened bread and juice...and I do love the simplicity of it.
We sit down to eat and we talk about Jesus. We remember His life, and all the wonderful things He did. Then we pull out the Bible and Mark begins reading, first from Exodus 11-12. We talk about the first Passover. We remember how God rescued the Jews...how He protected their firstborns by the blood of the lambs on the doorposts...how He made a way through the Red Sea.
Then we fast forward to Luke 22, where Jesus is sitting down with His disciples to eat the Passover meal, where they are looking back and remembering that first Passover. We read about the New Covenant. We talk about Jesus' body and His blood. We pray and thank God for Jesus, for His sacrifice.
We break the unleavened bread and remember Jesus' broken body.
We drink the grape juice and remember Jesus' blood that was poured out.
We do these things and we remember how God rescued us...how He protects us by the blood of Jesus, the Perfect Lamb of God...how He made a way for us to know Him and to be with Him.
Our Last Supper Meal is not perfect. It's not super fancy or ritualistic. But it is very intentional. We intentionally set aside this time to slow down in the crazy pace of this ever-busy life to focus on Jesus...to remember Him.
If you'd like more details about our Last Supper Meal, check out my Easter Family Devotions kit. All the details for our Last Supper meal is in there, including all the passages we read and links to other great resources. (I kinda goofed up on the kit, though...I had the Last Supper meal listed for Day 12 (Friday), when it should be for Day 11 (Thursday)...oops! I'll fix that for next year. But really, it doesn't matter which day you do it...the point is to do something to remember Jesus, and to intentionally point our kids' hearts toward Him too.)
So whatever it is you do to remember Him, I wish you slow, quiet moments over these next couple of days to draw close to Jesus...to remember His life, to be awed by His love, and to be lavished by His grace.