Matthew 26:17-19 Now on the first day of the Feast of Unleavened Bread the disciples came to Jesus, saying to Him, “Where do You want us to prepare for You to eat the Passover?”
18 And He said, “Go into the city to a certain man, and say to him, ‘The Teacher says, “My time is at hand; I will keep the Passover at your house with My disciples.”’”
19 So the disciples did as Jesus had directed them; and they prepared the Passover.
Jewish Feasts / Celebrations
Pentecost / Weeks – God’s provision at harvest
Tabernacles / Booths – Remembering their wandering in the wilderness
Day of Atonement – Sacrifice for sin offered in the Holy of Holies by the High Priest
Purim – Remembering God’s protection of Israelites through Queen Esther
Passover / Unleavened Bread – Eight day celebration of freedom from Egypt
Part #2 – The Sacrifice
Matthew 26:20-30 When evening had come, He sat down with the twelve. 21 Now as they were eating, He said, “Assuredly, I say to you, one of you will betray Me.”
22 And they were exceedingly sorrowful, and each of them began to say to Him, “Lord, is it I?”
23 He answered and said, “He who dipped his hand with Me in the dish will betray Me. 24 The Son of Man indeed goes just as it is written of Him, but woe to that man by whom the Son of Man is betrayed! It would have been good for that man if he had not been born.”
25 Then Judas, who was betraying Him, answered and said, “Rabbi, is it I?”
He said to him, “You have said it.”
26And as they were eating, Jesus took bread, blessed and broke it, and gave it to the disciples and said, “Take, eat; this is My body.”
27 Then He took the cup, and gave thanks, and gave it to them, saying, “Drink from it, all of you. 28 For this is My blood of the new covenant, which is shed for many for the remission of sins. 29 But I say to you, I will not drink of this fruit of the vine from now on until that day when I drink it new with you in My Father’s kingdom.”
30 And when they had sung a hymn, they went out to the Mount of Olives.
Jesus’ sacrifice was based upon grace and love
Jesus’ grace can be seen in His response to Judas
He gave the bread to Judas
His treatment of Judas gave the other disciples no indication that Judas would betray Him
Part #3 – Our Response
We are to respond with thankfulness
I Corinthians 15:57 But thanks be to God, who gives us the victory through our Lord Jesus Christ.
We are to respond with action
II Corinthians 5:14-15 For the love of Christ compels us, because we judge thus: that if One died for all, then all died; 15 and He died for all, that those who live should live no longer for themselves, but for Him who died for them and rose again.