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Jesus, the Passover Feast

Today is sometimes called Easter Monday in what the traditional church calendar calls the season of Easter, which lasts until Pentecost. It would be wonderful if these next few weeks meant that we experienced the fullness of Christ’s resurrection—freedom from sin and death and all their painful consequences!

But as we know, even during Easter we face the problem of evil in our world. The resurrection means that we will one day be fully free, but for now we still look forward to that blessed hope (Titus 2:13).

As Jesus nears the cross, Satan was stirring up trouble. First, he entered Judas, who agreed to deliver Jesus over to the Pharisees for a small sum of money (vv. 3–6). Then, he tried to attack Peter’s faith, though Jesus Himself prayed that Peter’s faith would not fail (vv. 31–32). Some might think that belief in a personal Devil is strangely superstitious, but Jesus Himself acknowledged the reality of Satan’s attacks. The Devil and demons and angels have all made appearances in Luke’s Gospel. Moreover, spiritual forces of evil are as alive and active today as they were then.

But we need never fear the invisible powers of darkness, for while they are bent on destroying God’s people and defeating His plans, God is ultimately in control. Indeed, the small details of the borrowed colt (in Luke 19:32–34) and the borrowed room remind us that nothing is incidental in God’s plans. God is always going ahead, preparing
whatever will be required for our next act of obedience.

“I am among you as one who serves” (v.28), Jesus told His disciples at the last supper. The Lamb of God lifts the cup of His blood and the bread of His body and offers them for the Passover Feast.

Apply the Word

In 1 Corinthians 11:17–34, Paul addresses abuse of the Lord’s table—some are going hungry while others are getting drunk. Observing the Lord’s Supper should be a remembrance of Jesus’ redeeming work and a demonstration of His body, the church, living in love and unity. Pray that this will describe you and your community of believers.

BY Jennifer Michel

Jen Pollock Michel is a regular contributor to Christianity Today’s Her.meneutics blog. Her first book, Teach us to Want: Longing, Ambition and the Life of Faith, is published by InterVarsity Press. Jen earned her BA in French from Wheaton College and her MA in Literature from Northwestern University. She lives in Toronto, Canada, with her husband and five children, and serves on staff at Grace Toronto Church.

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