And when the hour was come, he sat down, and the twelve apostles with him.…
I. THE PASSOVER PREPARED. This preparation is suggestive of three things.
1. The dispensation in which Christ and His apostles still were.
2. The all-comprehensive knowledge possessed by Christ.
3. That in the midst of enemies Christ still had friends in Jerusalem.
II. The passover eaten.
1. Our Lord's punctuality (ver. 14).
2. Our Lord's intense desire in respect to this passover.
(1) Because the last He would celebrate with them.
(2) Because He would impress them with the connection between Himself as God's Lamb, and the paschal lamb.
(3) Because He would awaken in them an intense desire for His second coming, when He would sit down with them in the Kingdom of God.
III. THE PASSOVER SUPERSEDED.
1. By the establishment of an ordinance which commemorates the true passover (see 1 Corinthians 5:7).
2. By the assurance of the better hope which this ordinance affirms (Hebrews 7:19-22).
3. By the emblematic re-crucifixion of our Lord, which should inspire them to a constant remembrance of His personal love for them (1 Corinthians 11:24).Lessons:
1. Retrospection essential.
(1) Bread broken.
(2) Wine poured out.
2. Introspection essential (1 Corinthians 11:28).
3. Prospection essential (1 Corinthians 11:26).
(D. C. Hughes, M. A.)
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