Last Meal in Slavery
Some meals you remember because they were amazingly delicious and others you remember because they were amazingly disgusting. Other times you might remember a meal, not because of how it tasted but because of the significance of the event surrounding the meal. For instance, I’ll never forget the dinner my wife and I ate the night I proposed to her or what we ate at our wedding, not that the food was particularly amazing, but because of the significance of the events surrounding the meal. On this Good Friday, we are going to look at two meals that were surrounded by significant events.
In Exodus 12, God gave instructions for the first Passover—this was the night of the final plague in which the Angel of Death swept through the land of Egypt, taking the life of every firstborn son. The angel, however, would pass over any house that was marked with the blood of a lamb. The event surrounding this meal was freedom—freedom from death and freedom from slavery!
“For the Lord will pass through the land to strike down the Egyptians. But when he sees the blood on the top and sides of the doorframe, the Lord will pass over your home. He will not permit his death angel to enter your house and strike you down.” (Exodus 12:23)
“Pharaoh sent for Moses and Aaron during the night. ‘Get out!’ he ordered. ‘Leave my people—and take the rest of the Israelites with you! Go and worship the Lord as you have requested.’” (Exodus 12:31)
By the blood of a lamb on that first Passover, God’s people were saved from Death and slavery. Nearly 1,500 years later, Jesus and the disciples would eat the Passover meal in the upper room of a house, a meal we call The Last Supper. This meal too is surrounded by significant events, for the disciples were about to eat their last meal in slavery to sin and be saved from Death by the blood of the Lamb.
“He took some bread and gave thanks to God for it. Then he broke it in pieces and gave it to the disciples, saying, ‘This is my body, which is given for you. Do this in remembrance of me.’
After supper he took another cup of wine and said, ‘This cup is the new covenant between God and his people—an agreement confirmed with my blood, which is poured out as a sacrifice for you.’” (Luke 22:19-20)
Jesus took the bread and wine and gave it this deeper meaning, making a new covenant between God and us. The old covenant required us to provide our own atonement for our sin and guilt, but in just a few hours from this meal Jesus would be arrested, beaten, tried, and, by Friday afternoon, nailed to a cross. So in this new covenant, Jesus is the sacrifice, the perfect Lamb of God, and He paid the full price for our sin. As the writer of Hebrews put it, “For God’s will was for us to be made holy by the sacrifice of the body of Jesus Christ, once for all time” (Hebrews 10:10).
At the first Passover, the Israelites were saved from death and slavery in Egypt; at the Last Supper, the disciples (and everyone who will come to accept the free gift of salvation) were freed from slavery to sin and death. So, have you eaten your last meal in slavery? On this Good Friday, remember the perfect sacrifice God gave us in Jesus Christ.
Jesus paid it all
All to Him I owe
My sin had left a crimson stain
He washed it white as snow
May the grace of the Lord Jesus Christ, the love of God, and the fellowship of the Holy Spirit be with you all.