When the time drew near for Jesus to die on the cross, He gathered His disciples in the upper room for the Last Supper. Important lessons on the last supper that Jesus had with them were imparted there.
The act was according to the Jewish law on the Passover as Jesus explained to them that He was not going to sit and eat with them again until the kingdom of God was established here on earth.
We can read about the Last Supper in the Bible in Luke 22:10-20, where Jesus took a cup of wine and gave thanks to God, telling His disciples that this wine represents His blood that will be poured out for their sins. And likewise, in the same manner, He took the bread, after He had given thanks gave it to His disciples to eat His body.
He also commanded them to always do this in remembrance of Him. Jesus’s blood is a new covenant between the people and God. This covenant is the most assured foundation that we have in our lives today, the blood of Jesus saved and redeemed us from our sins.
These are 3 significant lessons we can learn from the Last Supper today:
1). It remains us of the price Jesus paid for our lives
As we partake in the Lord’s Supper through taking the wine and bread, we remember the price Jesus paid for us at the cross through His death. Jesus said to do this often in remembrance of Him, till He returned. He loved us and gave His life for us so that we can be delivered from the kingdom of darkness into the kingdom of God.
All our sins were put upon Him and He suffered and was nailed on the cross because of our sins. “He who knew no sin was made sin for us that through Him we might become the righteousness of God in Christ Jesus,” –2 Corinthians 5:21.
This is why we love our Lord because He first loved us and gave His life for our sins. We remain grateful to God in worship and to serve Him for the rest of our lives.
2). We commune with Christ through the Lord’s Supper
Our intimacy with the Lord can’t be neglected because He wants to always have fellowship with us. So through the Lord’s Supper, we receive grace in communion with our Lord Jesus. It helps us to experience a fresh anointing that produces in us the fruit of our union with Him.
When we are frustrated, anxious, wary, fearful, guilt-ridden, and doubtful in our relationship with Him, when we come to the table where we receive communion, our spirit is uplifted in union with Him. His presence is made evident to us because we have the inner assurance of His spirit through the Lord’s Supper.
In this way, we nourish our spirit, soul, and body, building an intimate relationship with our Lord Jesus, Who gave His life to save us.
3) The Lord’s Supper helps us look ahead into the future
The statement of Jesus in Luke 22:16– “I will not eat it until it is fulfilled in the kingdom of God” (Luke 22:16; also v. 18). This inspires us to look into the future holding unto our faith in Christ knowing that we will sit with Him one day in the Kingdom of God.
We have this blessed hope that our lives will not only end in this world but there is a place for us in God’s kingdom, Where there is no sorrow or sin but to live the eternal life of glory.
The Lord’s Supper points us to the final eternal banquet promise of God. Jesus says, “ Just as Jesus eagerly desired to eat the first Lord’s Supper with his friends (Luke 22:15), so now he eagerly waits to eat the eternal Supper with his bride. Paul would later say that in the Communion meal we proclaim the Lord’s death “until he comes” (1 Cor. 11:26).