Maybe your last wish is to see a child get married. Or graduate from university. Perhaps its more simple than that. To get to hold your pet one last time. Or a hug from a loved one. Or just one last bottle of your favorite beer.
For Jesus it was one last Passover supper with his good friends, his disciples.
“My appointed time is near. I am going to celebrate the Passover with my disciples at your house.”
Last wishes can be a very revealing window into a person’s character. You’ve got one last shot left; how are you going to use it?
Do not go gentle into that good night,
Old age should burn and rave at close of day;
Rage, rage against the dying of the light.
For Jesus, His last wish showed an intense focus on His legacy and the profound significance of Israel’s redemption in Jesus’ soul. I recall a Christian couple who I thought were very different people. I asked them what drew them together. They told me the single thing that they had in common was there commitment to following Jesus. The answer surprised me. Surely there is something more I thought. But as I got to know them better I realized they had been telling the truth and as I watched them over several years, I realize it was enough. Having redemption, having Jesus, at the centre of one’s life re-aligns it in radical ways.
And redemption is what the last supper is all about, the reminder that Jesus broken body and poured out blood redeem us. This is the central act that changes our souls, that defines us as Christians.
It’s easy to get distracted. Maybe you are big on a programme at your church; your small group, your kids’ club or your worship team. These are all good things. But don’t let them distract you from the best thing:
“…do not rejoice that the spirits submit to you, but rejoice that your names are written in heaven.”
Lord, thank you for saving me.