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Day 51: Bad Supper

Posted by undergroundchurch on April 20, 2011


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I wouldn’t really call the meal Jesus ate with His disciples the “Last Supper”, because He is going to eat with His bride again at the marriage supper of the Lamb. However, I would say that the supper could have gone better.

It would seem that the only two people that knew it would be Jesus’ last meal on earth was Jesus and Judas.  No one else at the meal was catching Jesus’ hints or straight talk like when he said, “The one I hand this bread to is the one who is going to betray me.”

When the disciple heard Jesus say this and saw Judas leave, they thought he was going out to buy more food. Not exactly detectives in the making.

But one point that can be discerned from the meal is the way Jesus treated Judas.

We can discern from the location of the bowls of charoset, the mixture in which Jesus dipped the bread and handed to Judas, that Judas had to be reclining next to Jesus.  We know that John was on the right side because he was actually leaning against Jesus, so that puts Judas on his left.

These two locations were of great significance to the host.  These are the sought after spots. Remember John and James’ mother asking Jesus, “When you enter your kingdom, allow one of my sons to sit on your right and the other on your left.”

It would seem that at the meal, at least one was sitting in that spot – John.

But you get a sense from Jesus that even though he knows that Judas will betray him, Jesus keeps reaching out. He gave him hints, called him out in front of everyone. He gave Judas every opportunity to stop what was in his heart, but in the end, Judas would not be saved.

Jesus still reaches out to millions upon millions every day.  He holds before them the piece of bread, his body, dipped in the charoset, which represented the mortar the Hebrew slaves used to build in Egypt and the suffering they endured.

Jesus says to them, “I suffered and died for you, do not deny me; let me save you.”

But alas, while a few receive the gift with gladness, millions upon millions would not be saved.

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