Around A Table   4 comments


Festive Seder table with wine, matza and Seder...

Festive Seder table with wine, matza and Seder plate. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Today is the day that Christians all over the world remember the events of a special Passover meal so long ago.  We take time to pause and consider what Jesus did when he sat at a table with his disciples and the apostles.  This was not a new event.  The group had gathered for meals many times over approximate three years that they were together.  Jesus and each of the apostles had celebrated the Passover feast annually as was the custom for the Jewish people.  We know that there were probably two or three other times that they had shared the Passover feast together.  Yet this would be the last one since in a few hours, Jesus would be arrested, tried, convicted, and put to death on a cross.

As I sit here this morning, I wonder what the atmosphere must have been like in the room that night.  The room was fairly crowded since not only were the Twelve present but other disciples were gathering with them also.  It was a room without a lot of windows.  There would have been some haze in the air from the fire in the fireplace as well as the smoke from the candles and lamps that provided lighting for the gathering.  I am sure that much like any other meal, there was a lot of noise from the conversations, the sharing of stories, the laughter, and the banging of dishes used throughout the meal.  There would be times that it would be quiet so they could share in the prayers and words of the Jewish feast.

It was during some of those quieter times when they were following the customs of their faith that Jesus would tell them all about the life-changing events which would be occurring.  Jesus up to this point had been giving the disciples a glimpse of what was about to happen.  The Gospels record numerous times when Jesus would tell them about his impending death, the events leading up to his death, how they would see people respond, and eventually about his resurrection.  On this night he tells them about a new understanding of the bread and the wine.  He foreshadows Judas’ betrayal and Peter’s denial.  He gives them a clear understanding that the time is at hand for him to fulfill what God required of him.

In the midst of all of this, Jesus reminds them that he will be providing all that they will need to sustain them.  He uses the bread, a staple of most tables at that time, to remind them that he will be the staple for their spiritual lives.  He uses the wine, a sweet gift from God’s creation and a healthy necessity for their survival, to remind them that he would flow through them and provide what they need to quench their thirst.  In essence, Jesus is telling them from this day forward, in good times and times of stress, I am what you will need to stay spiritually alive.

As we gather around tables this day and throughout all of our days, may we be reminded that just as God has provided the food that sustains our physical bodies, God has also provided what we need to sustain our spirits.

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4 responses to “Around A Table

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  1. Nice explanation of the bread and wine. I liked that.

  2. Pingback: WHO PREPARED THE PASSOVER MEAL IN THE UPPER ROOM? « Vine and Branch World Ministries

  3. A great piece of work you have here My Friend. Thank you so very much for sharing it with all of us who care to study and gain knowledge from those who are willing to share what God has blessed them with. Continue to use the great gifts God as provided you with. Today, I leave you with my peace that we all may share in this great celebration that is unfolding right in front of our eyes.

    PASTOR DAVIS/MASTER TEACHER

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