By Rev. Antonio M. Manaytay
Today is the first Sunday of the month. In today’s reflection, I want to focus on the few things Jesus had wanted.
Many of us have a lot of things we hope to do. There are a lot of things we really wanted to do. But in this today’s reflection, I wanted to focus on what Jesus wanted to do instead of what we want to do.
Today’s Scripture, Luke 22: 14-16 tells us that. In Verse 15, Jesus said: “You’ve no idea how much I have looked forward to eating this Passover meal with you before I enter my time of suffering. (Message Version)
The Scripture tells us what Jesus was desirous of eating the Passover with them. It was not the first Passover Jesus had spent with His disciples – it was the fourth – but it was on this time He made known to them what he really wanted to do.
First, Jesus was passionate about being with His disciples.
“I have earnestly desired to eat this Passover WITH YOU….” It was clear in His statement that He could not think of nothing else better to do than to be with the closest friends He had.
Sometimes people tell me that they are Christians but they don’t go to church. In the contrast, Jesus wanted to be with His people.
Do you see the difference? While most people do not bother to go to church, Jesus is passionate and desirous to be with them.
Jesus is with the people around the world. Yes, he is. But Jesus loves to be with His disciples – those who claim they are Christians.
I tell you, going to church has all its innumerable blessings.
Another, Jesus was desirous to let His disciples understand the meaning of the Passover, which later on became His memorial.
“This is my body which is broken for you.”
The Jews celebrate the Passover every year. During the Passover celebration, a piece of bread was broken and hid it. Later in the Passover meal, that hidden broken pieces of bread will be resurfaced.
This action has something to do with His death and resurrection. His broken body was buried but on the third day – later in the meal – He conquered the grave.
He was desirous to tell His disciples that what they do during the Passover is about to be revealed to them.
Lastly, Jesus was really excited to reveal to His disciples that the door of salvation will be opened wide with His sufferings and death at the Calvary.
Mt 26:27 And he took the cup, and gave thanks, and gave [it] to them, saying, Drink ye all of it;
Mt 26:28 For this is my blood of the new testament, which is shed for many for the remission of sins.
I can just imagine how His heart was overwhelmed with joy to break the news to His disciples that sin would lose its power – setting its prisoners free – and God’s grace, His immeasurable mercy will be opened wide for all.
I believe these were the few things Jesus wanted when He spent that night with His disciples whom He called as His friends.
And we are God’s friends because God’s demand for the payment of all our sins – the sins of this world – was met with the death of Jesus at the Calvary.
These were the reasons, I believe, why Jesus was excited about the last Passover he had to spend with His disciples.
As we celebrate the Last Supper – His last Passover – let us remember how He greatly wanted to be with us.
Do you, too?
*Rev. Antonio M. Manaytay is an ordained Minister of the Gospel. He is doing Church in his hometown, Ipil, Philippines.