Week 2: The Last Supper and the Garden of Gethsemane

The days between Lamb Selection Day and Passover are the days when the family was supposed to fall in love with their lamb before it is offered as a sacrifice for their sins.  During this actual Holy Week with Jesus, His people were supposed to be falling in love with Him for all He was doing for them.  But that did not occur.

Several days after Lamb Selection Day, the Feast of Passover was celebrated.  It began at sundown on the fourth day, after the family’s lamb had been loved and cherished by them for these days.  As we have discussed, the first Passover was during the time of Moses.  Faithfully the Jews celebrate that Passover memorial every year.  They remember what God did for the Israelites in the time of Moses and the promises He made to them.  God commanded that Passover be memorialized forever and in a service (Ex 12:14, 25). When Jesus was celebrating what we know as “The Last Supper” He was actually celebrating Passover (just as from the time of Moses).  He was explaining the true meaning that would be fulfilled in Him. 

His Apostles asked where they should go to prepare to eat the Passover meal.  He directed them to a large upper room.  That evening, He was the leader of this Passover service.  When they were together, He told them that one of them would betray Him.  He explained that He was about to become the Passover Lamb,  but they did not comprehend what He said. 

And as they were eating, Jesus took bread, blessed and broke it, and gave it to them and said, ‘Take, eat; this is My body.’  Then He took the cup, and when He had given thanks He gave it to them, and they all drank from it.  And He said to them, ‘This is My blood of the new covenant, which is shed for many.  Assuredly, I say to you, I will no longer drink of the fruit of the vine until that day when I drink it new in the kingdom of God.’  And when they had sung a hymn, they went out to the Mount of Olives (Mark 14:22–26).

What we call the “Last Supper” has a much deeper meaning that we first may realize.  Imagine the part in the Passover meal when God’s redemption is celebrated.  Now is the true time that God’s promise of redemption is about to be fulfilled in Jesus.  The next day He would be crucified.  They sang a hymn and went out to the Mount of Olives.

When Jesus was in the Garden of Gethsemane on the Mount of Olives, He prayed to His Father.  He had Peter, James and John with Him.  He was deeply grieved and asked them to stay with Him, but they did not.  Jesus prayed to the Father that this cup of suffering be taken from Him but then submitted to the will of His Father.

Jesus knew the hour of His betrayal was upon Him.  All that He faced was such a great stress upon Him, that He sweat great drops of blood.  Modern day medicine has explained that this can occur when the small blood vessels break under great duress.  The blood exudes out of the pores.

Jesus knew the plan of His Father.  God had to provide the blood between Himself and man because neither man nor animals could provide blood with everlasting significance.  Jesus had to become man in order to have the blood to provide.  As in the covenant with Abram, God Himself walked between the sacrificial pieces to finalize the covenant, because He knew that man would not be able to do it.  Now the time had drawn near for this redemption from God to take place, and the blood of God would have to be poured out for mankind’s salvation. 

After a time, Jesus saw the guards coming for Him.  Judas betrayed Him with a kiss.  When the Roman Guard came for Him, Jesus was asked if He was the One they were seeking.  He replied, “I AM” and the power of God knocked down the entire Roman guard.  In this statement, Jesus made known that He was God.  When God had spoken to Moses from the burning bush, God told Moses that He was “I AM.”  Jesus then let Himself be taken, as they could not take Him (John 18:6). 

For further explanation, please read Chapter 5 (specifically pages 75-80) and Chapter 6 (specifically pages 81-83) in my book “The Lamb Eternal.”