The Last Supper
The Washing of the Disciples’ Feet – John 13:1-20
How would you feel if Jesus knelt down to wash your feet?
Would you let the Lord wash your feet?
Two significant events occurred during the Last Supper, the institution of the Lord’s Supper, which all four Gospels record, and the washing of the disciples’ feet, which only John records. In John MacArthur’s note on the washing of their feet, he points out that it occurred right after the disciples had been arguing over who was the greatest among them. (Luke 22:24-27)
At that time in history, the washing of feet was a task reserved for the lowliest servant. Jesus taking it upon Himself, the one who was truly the greatest among them, demonstrated the attitude of humility and service Christians should have toward one another as well as toward Christ. It’s a demonstration of love and care for each other, and it was a visual, active rebuke to their competitive spirits. Just a few verses later, in Luke 13:34-35, Jesus spells it out, “A new commandment I give to you, that you love one another. By this all people will know that you are my disciples, if you have love for one another.”
How do you show your love for your fellow Christians? Do you feel loved by them?
The Lord’s Supper – Mark 14:22-25
What does the bread symbolize?
What is the meaning of the wine?
What are we meant to remember when we participate in the Lord’s Supper?
Bonus: Read Exodus 12:14-29. What similarities do you notice between how the Israelites were spared from the coming death and the sacrifice of Jesus and what it does for us?
In Judaism the celebration of Passover is a memorial. It commemorates the “passing over” of the Israelites’ homes when the Lord slew the firstborn of Egypt. (Exodus 12:24-29) In other words, Passover is a celebration of salvation – salvation from death and salvation from slavery.
It is fitting that Jesus would use the Passover meal to institute the Lord’s Supper, the commemoration of His sacrifice, which saves us from slavery to sin and sin’s consequence, death. It is also a reminder of the new covenant between God and those who would come to know and follow Him through belief in His Son, Jesus, the Christ, our sacrificial Lamb; the covenant through which all people, Jew and Gentile (non-Jew), who follow His son become His children.
Just as the doorposts of the Israelites’ homes were covered in lamb’s blood to mark them to be spared, Jesus’s blood covers us and spares us from the wrath of God to come when He judges the world. But it only covers us if we put it on by accepting Jesus as our Savior, by believing in Him as the Son of God who came as a willing sacrifice for sin and who rose again to a glorious resurrection, which we will remember and celebrate this coming Easter Sunday.
Have you accepted Jesus as your Savior?