There is nothing like a pot luck at church, or going out to
a good Chinese buffet after church, you can eat as much as
you want, drink as much soda as you want, eat as many deserts
as you want. I think over the years my idea of The Marriage
Supper of The Lamb was a really lavish banquet, not a Seder
Many times we take Communion and hear the familiar passage,
"On the same night he was betrayed"
However, we tend to over look the fact that Jesus said he was
eagerly looking forward to sharing the Passover meal with them,
because he would not eat it again until it found fulfillment in
the kingdom of God.
We know from the biblical account that Jesus ate some broiled
fish with the disciples after his resurrection, but he never
again ate the unleavened bread, and bitter herbs that are part
of the traditional Passover meal. Which in modern Jewish culture
is called the Seder.
I think it must be kind of rough on the 12 apostles, giving up
Passover for Lent ! Since for them Lent has lasted about 2000
years already. Imagine going to Thanksgiving dinner, enjoying
time with your family, but not eating the thing that you especially
enjoy. The one dish that follows some secret family
recipe that really makes the meal, even if the turkey is a bit dry.
As little kids we couldnít wait for Christmas, as adults we come
to appreciate time with family, even if we arenít all that excited
about getting a fruit cake from sweet old Aunt Betty. However,
I believe that Jesus is still looking forward to sitting down with
you and I and sharing with us a simple meal of unleavened bread,
and bitter herbs as we come to fully appreciate the Communion
we have celebrated here on earth.
Jesus left us something to remember him by...
Sort of a memento if you will...
We call it communion...