On Sunday before Christ’s crucifixion, we see Jesus coming into Jerusalem, knowing that soon He would lay down His life for our sins. The crowds welcomed Him with waving palm branches and shouting Hosanna, to the son of David, blessed is He who comes in the name of the Lord! Hosanna, in the highest! Hosanna means (save now), they all hoped He would save them and heal their land as He broke Roman tyranny, missing the very reason He came and who He really was. They saw and hoped for the Lion King and missed the sacrificial Lamb (Matt. 21:11).
Now when the Feast of Unleavened Bread drew near, which is called Passover, Jesus sent Peter and John into Jerusalem to find the room for their Seder supper. This meal was to be shared with family and friends in a home on the night Christians call Good Friday. This was no accident or coincidence. It was all part of the plan. His heart was to earnestly share this meal with His disciples and win their heart’s of understanding and agreement.
The Passover table has great meaning for the Christian today. It is here, that Jesus bluntly told the disciples that He was about to sacrifice His life. He was letting the world know, in no uncertain terms, that He is the Great I Am, as the sacrificial Lamb. Taking the bread, giving thanks, breaking it and saying this is my body given for you and lifting a cup saying this is a new covenant in My blood were not the traditional explanations for this Seder meal. The focus was not just about the suffering of Israel in Egypt but on the sin-bearing suffering that Jesus would soon experience. He fulfilled the meaning and symbolism of the Passover by declaring who He is and what He was about to do.
This Passover table provided one more total departure from traditional expectations. The Foot Washing. In John 13:4-5, Jesus rose from the table and laid aside His garments, which would literally be stripped from Him, as He went to the cross. Taking a towel, He started doing something that had never been done before. The job, the lowest servant performed was now being done by the master. As He poured water into a basin, just like His blood would soon be poured out on the cross, he kneels down, in a humble position, and starts washing dirty feet. This is what Christs blood does, it cleans us up and washes us white as snow (Isa. 1:18). As Jesus went around washing and drying their feet, a dramatic scene unfolds. This was right after the disciples entered the room debating who was the greatest among them. By demonstrating this act of humility, Jesus showed them true greatness and taught the proud, arguing disciples what true humility looked like. Yes, the foot washing was a powerful lesson in humility, but it was more than that. It also showed them to be apart of Jesus, (If I don’t wash you, you have no part of Me!) they would need to receive His washing and embrace a new commandment, that they should love one another as He had loved them (John 13:34).
Question: Have you missed Christs true identity as He passes by you? Hoping and wishing He would set you free from sin and shame that keeps you stuck in your past?
Key Thought: It was the Passover Seder that revealed Christ’s true identity and purpose. Passover and everything that revolves around it is found in who Jesus Christ, the son of God is. As Jesus revealed this truth to His disciples, He is still trying to reveal it to you. This Passover season, Jesus is looking for you, like His disciples to come into alignment and agree with who He is and what He can do in your life.