February 1, 2007

What was on the menu for Jesus at the Last Supper?

The next day John saw Jesus coming toward him, and said, “Behold! The Lamb of God who takes away the sin of the world! John 1:29, NKJV.

The other day during lunch at work, some of my co-workers began questioning what Jesus ate at the last supper with His disciples? Since no one else knew the answer and guessed that it might have been fish, or chicken parmigiana, which it definitely wasn't, one person turned and said, "Ask Kurt, he should know!" Well, I didn't, but I searched the Scriptures to find out and shared with them the following.

In the Gospel of Luke, Jesus had instructed two of his disciples, Peter and John, to go into the city to prepare the Passover meal for them (Luke 22:7-8). The Passover meal originated in the Old Testament book of Exodus and is found in Chapter 12, so here is where we know what they were to prepare. This account is also found in the Gospels of Matthew and Mark.

In the book of Exodus, chapter 12, God had spoken to Moses and his brother Aaron, instructing them how to prepare the Passover meal. The main course was to be a lamb, without blemish or defect in any way, a male and one year old. The lamb was roasted by the fire, served with unleavened bread and bitter herbs. God had instructed that there was to be no leftovers whatsoever and if there were any, it was to be burned the next morning.

The Passover is named such because when the unblemished lamb was killed for the Passover, the Jews were to take the blood of the lamb and "paint it" on the doorposts of the house, so God's judgment (death) would pass-over that household and no one would die. God had said to Moses and Aaron that the firstborn male of the household, the firstborn male beast would die, if the blood of the lamb was not found on the doorpost (Exodus 12:12-13). God would not accept a lamb that was stained to protect the Jews from His judgment. He wanted a pure, spotless lamb and Moses and Aaron told the elders of Israel to do as the Lord had instructed them (Exodus 12:21-23). So when the tenth plague occurred and the firstborn of every household was killed, including all who were in Pharaoh’s house, he released the Jewish people who were in captivity, to Moses and Aaron and told them to leave Egypt.

During Jesus’ last supper, the disciples ate lamb, unleavened bread and bitter herbs, but Jesus did not eat the meal with them. He wanted to, but said that He would not eat the Passover, nor drink the wine that was offered during the meal, until it was fulfilled in the kingdom of God (Luke 22:15-16).

Why did Jesus not participate in this ceremonial meal? The Passover meal was an early ceremonial law that held a high priority that was to be followed by the Jewish people. Jesus had said that He came to fulfill the Law and what was spoken of Him by the Prophets and so, Jesus was/is the sacrificial lamb that through His blood is the forgiveness of sin and by His death we can live in Heaven with Him.

The unblemished lamb mentioned in the Old Testament is symbolic of Jesus Christ in the New Testament. He is called the Lamb of God by John the Baptist in John 1:29. Jesus is called the Passover in 1 Corinthians 5:7 and in the book of Revelation, Jesus is mentioned as the Lamb as well.

It is quite revealing to read in the book of Revelation, the lamb which the apostle John sees in heaven, is a lamb that was slain, who redeemed people to God by His blood (Revelation 5:9-10).

The blood of the lamb which saved the Jews from God’s judgment in the Old Testament is the same as the blood that was shed by Jesus Christ which redeems people back to God and forgives people of their sins, by God’s grace (Ephesians 1:7, 2:8-9). So the question to ask is, have you let the Lamb of God take away your sins?

Jesus Christ wants to come into the heart of every person and those who heed to His knocking on the door of their heart, He says, "I will come in to him and dine with him, and he with Me." (Revelation 3:20, NKJV). Is there anyone in the world with whom one could enjoy a lifetime meal with, other than Jesus Christ?

If you have not had a meal with Christ, I invite you to have a lifetime of good food, with Jesus Christ by clicking here.

There is a sermon by Bob Deffinbaugh regarding this topic and if anyone is interested to read it, the message can be found by clicking here.

Scripture taken from the New King James Version. Copyright © 1982 by Thomas Nelson, Inc. Used by permission. All rights reserved.


Unknown said...


Keep on preaching and living the word!!

God Bless!

Anonymous said...

This was so profound. Thank you for sharing.

Anonymous said...

Kurt, I am so encouraged by the gifts that God has given you, keep using them to glorify Him.

Anonymous said...

Your blog was very interesting and insightful. Thanks for passing it along Kurt.

God Bless,

Anonymous said...

That's a good blog entry! Thanks for sharing.

Anonymous said...

Blessed be the Lamb of God!

Anonymous said...

Thanks for sharing, Kurt. It was very insightful!

Lisa Spence said...

Wonderful post...What rich symbolism! Worthy is the Lamb who was slain!