“And the first day of unleavened bread, when they killed the passover, His disciples said unto Him, Where wilt thou that we go and prepare that thou mayest eat the passover? 13 And He sendeth forth two of His disciples, and saith unto them, Go ye into the city, and there shall meet you a man bearing a pitcher of water: follow him. 14 And wheresoever he shall go in, say ye to the goodman of the house, The Master saith, Where is the guestchamber, where I shall eat the passover with My disciples? 15 And he will shew you a large upper room furnished and prepared: there make ready for us. 16 And His disciples went forth, and came into the city, and found as He had said unto them: and they made ready the passover. 17 And in the evening He cometh with the twelve. 18 And as they sat and did eat, Jesus said, Verily I say unto you, One of you which eateth with Me shall betray Me. 19 And they began to be sorrowful, and to say unto Him one by one, Is it I? and another said, Is it I? 20 And He answered and said unto them, It is one of the twelve, that dippeth with Me in the dish. 21 The Son of man indeed goeth, as it is written of Him: but woe to that man by whom the Son of man is betrayed! good were it for that man if he had never been born. 22 And as they did eat, Jesus took bread, and blessed, and brake it, and gave to them, and said, Take, eat: this is My body. 23 And he took the cup, and when he had given thanks, He gave it to them: and they all drank of it. 24 And He said unto them, This is My blood of the new testament, which is shed for many. 25 Verily I say unto you, I will drink no more of the fruit of the vine, until that day that I drink it new in the kingdom of God. 26 And when they had sung an hymn, they went out into the mount of Olives. 27 And Jesus saith unto them, All ye shall be offended because of Me this night: for it is written, I will smite the shepherd, and the sheep shall be scattered. 28 But after that I am risen, I will go before you into Galilee. 29 But Peter said unto Him, Although all shall be offended, yet will not I. 30 And Jesus saith unto him, Verily I say unto thee, That this day, even in this night, before the cock crow twice, thou shalt deny Me thrice. 31 But he spake the more vehemently, If I should die with Thee, I will not deny Thee in any wise. Likewise also said they all.” Mark 14:12-31 (KJV)
Because it is drawing near to the evening of the Passover and feast of unleavened bread Jesus gives direction to two of His disciples on how to search for that place. Whether the Lord had prearranged the event or not is not the question, though I personally do not believe that Jesus had it prearranged except through the Father.
Everything worked out just as Jesus had said. Now we have the True Passover Lamb being prepared and preparing His disciples for the hours which lie ahead. Ever since the deliverance of Israel from Egypt following the night of the Passover this event was prophetic of the True Lamb who would one day come to deliver mankind from sins bondage. Just as the Passover lamb in Egypt died to deliver Israel from death, so too, the Son of God the Perfect Lamb, must die to deliver us from our sins. It is quite fitting that it would be on the evening of the annual event remembering the deliverance from the land of bondage.
At this Passover meal Jesus tells His disciples that one of them will betray Him, and they will all flee from Him. At the Passover meal they wonder, “Who is it?” They even ask “Is it I?’ Even Judas to cover himself asked the question. It seems to me that it would be proper to say that Judas was not present when the Lord instituted the “Lord’s Supper”. According to John’s Gospel there is a place where Jesus said, “What you do do quickly…” and “…having received the sop went immediately out:…” (Read John 13:27-30). The “Sop” would have been a piece of the unleavened bread from the “Passover meal” not that of what was the “Lord’s Supper”; that came shortly after Judas went to do his devious act of betrayal.
All we know of Judas is what we find of him in the Gospels. He was the “Treasurer” for Jesus and His disciples (John 12:6). We know he had equal access to the presence of Jesus as the other disciples. He could have sought forgiveness for his treachery of betrayal, but instead he went out and hanged himself. He could have taken part in the Lord’s Supper, but chose rather to go and betray his Master. He slid into Hell from a church pew. He did these things on one of the most holy weeks of the year for the Hebrew people. He chose to betray and kill the only One who gave them hope. By the death of the Lamb of God there was cleansing, forgiveness, healing, reconciliation, and restoration, justification, sanctification, and there will be glorification.
As Jesus and the eleven disciples were on the Mount of Olives he tells them they will all be offended and flee. Peter says, “Though all may be offended, yet, I will not be.” Because of his brash denial of Jesus’s words to all of them Jesus warns Peter that he will deny Him three times. All of these events happened on Passover evening. The true Lamb of God [Jesus] is about to be put to the slaughter.
During the time of the Passover meal Jesus prepares His disciples for the hours ahead. They are yet about unaware of what is to come.
In verse 25 we have Jesus’ promise that He will see the disciples in His Kingdom; showing us that there is a coming Kingdom of Jesus Christ. It is a great promise. Jesus also says, “…After that I am risen, I will go before you into Galilee”. That of course saying that He will not only meet them there, because He would see them before they see Him in Galilee, but He would reveal Himself to a far greater populace of people, “He was seen by over five hundred brethren at once…” (1 Corinthians 15:6). We also have His assurace that wherever we go for His glory He will go before us in leading. If He is not leading the way will not be open.
In having the Passover meal with His disciples Jesus was forming a bond and strength in them to help them through what lay ahead. Peter would realize that His Lord did not make empty promises or vile statements. He would learn to keep his mouth shut at His Lord’s word. Peter would also learn of the Lord’s great forgiveness, and would bow at the Lord’s resurrected feet.
As the first Passover lamb was killed to provide blood for the doorposts and lintels of every home of the Hebrews and deliver them from the “Death angel”, the blood of Jesus Christ delivers all who are under His blood. Life is in the blood. The shed blood of Jesus gives life to all who are dead in sin, if they will but look to Him.
-Tim A. Blankenship