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the Feast

Today’s post comes from Jan in France about chapter 14: The Feast

Have you ever had a defining meal? This is one that commemorated or celebrated a defining moment in your life or that of someone special to you.  What comes to mind?  Most likely the reason, the person or people commemorated, the venue, the food.  You might even remember what you wore.  And sometimes it will be a quirky thing that occurred which will stand out, because it was so unlikely.  We could probably all share some great stories… ʽand then the Prime Minister turned up’… ʽand then the waiter gobbled the after dinner mints’ (both true).

Defining meals often have special food and drink.  The central feature of the original Passover meal for the Israelites was a whole unblemished male lamb which was to be eaten in haste.  By killing a lamb and using its blood to mark the doors as a sign of their faith and then taking the lamb into themselves during the meal, the plague of death passed over them.  Keller says that in every home that night there was either a dead child or a dead lamb, and the Israelites needed to accept the shelter of the substitute – this blood of the lamb.  Therefore, no mention was made of wine.

Coming forward to the time of Jesus, the final meal our Lord ate before he died was the Passover meal.  The Passover took a distinct form and included four cups of wine representing the four promises made by God in Exodus 6:6-7: rescue, freedom from slavery, redemption and a renewed relationship with God.  Jesus departed from the usual script, telling his disciples that the bread was His body.  “Take it,” He said, because it needed to be received actively and incorporated into themselves.  He planned to rescue them from the way of the world, free them from slavery to sin, redeem them fully, thus paving the way for a renewed relationship with God.

The cup of wine, from which they all drank, was the Lamb’s blood of the covenant – a new covenant of Jesus’ unconditional commitment to us, pointing us to the kingdom of God.  Keller says Jesus often compared God’s kingdom to sitting at a big feast and that this Passover meal makes the ultimate feast possible.

Isaiah 25:6 describes an endtime feast being prepared by the Lord of hosts:  a lavish banquet with refined aged wine and choice pieces with marrow.  This is when He swallows up death for all time (v.8).

However, in the gospel accounts of the Last Supper, there is no mention of eating meat.  Instead, the Lamb of God was at the table, and Keller says Jesus was the main course.

My question is:  What does “Jesus, the main course” mean for you?

 

Next installment of the King’s Cross blog post will be September 17th, looking at Ch 15 “the Cup”

 

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