Supper & A Garden
The tastes of communion bread and juice take me back to my childhood. I have been taking communion since I was a small child and that somewhat odd mixture of grape juice and bread takes me back 40 years. I remember going to the altar to kneel with my parents and older siblings as a young boy. Certainly, throughout my life there have been many instances in which communion made a particular impact on me: at my wedding, as a hospital chaplain in a Catholic hospital while in seminary, the first time I presided as an ordained pastor, while on my Walk to Emmaus weekend. But most of the times I take communion I am focusing on the spiritual nature of the experience rather than the historical and theological implications of this holy meal.
John’s Gospel devotes five entire chapters to the Last Supper and Jesus’ teachings. John obviously believed what Jesus did and said during that last supper with His disciples was important. In this message we will be examining closely what Jesus did and said during that Last Supper as well as His prayer in the garden. We will examine some of the details that are often overlooked like the seating arrangement, the taking of the cup, and the changing of the familiar words to an ancient Jewish meal and tradition. We will see how Jesus’ actions and words at the Last Supper and His prayer in the garden may indeed be the most important words of His life.