Luke 22:14 When the HOUR came, Jesus and his apostles RECLINED AT THE TABLE.
RECLINE is defined as: TO REST in a leaning position.
Tonight, the Christian church all over the world will remember…and some will come to RECLINE AT THE TABLE in remembrance of OUR LORD’S LAST SUPPER with His disciples. But let me paint the picture of Jesus’ Passover meal. First, we have to understand what the PASSOVER MEAL represented before that day.
Deuteronomy 16:3 Do not eat it with BREAD made with YEAST, but for seven days eat unleavened bread, THE BREAD OF AFFLICTION, because you left Egypt in hast_ so that all the days of your life you may REMEMBER the time of your departure from Egypt.
The YEAST represents: pain, slavery, UNREST, hard labor and in essence Egypt…that is human works.
Psalm 127:2 It is VAIN for you to rise up early, to sit up late, to eat the BREAD OF SORROWS; for he gives His beloved sleep.
The UNLEAVENED bread represents: REST, RECLINE, and freedom…in essence…it is Christ’s finished works at the cross.
1 Corinthians 2:4-5 My message and my preaching were not with wise or persuasive words, but with the demonstration of the Spirit’s power, so that YOUR FAITH might NOT REST on men’s wisdom but on Gods power.
SEVEN days represents: REST, RECLINE, PAUSE and in essence… THE CROSS.
Hebrews 4:9-4 There remains, then a SABBATH-REST for the people of God; for anyone who enters God’s rest also rests from his own work, just as God did from his.
Therefore when Jesus gathered his disciples for His LAST PASSOVER MEAL before He went to the cross, the disciples, by RECLINING at the table with Jesus…even though they didn’t understand it then, they were RESTING FROM THEIR OWN WORKS. Because from that point on their Passover meal was never going to be the same again. From that time forward, the PASSOVER represented REST, RECLINE and FRUIT BORNE OUT OF THE SPIRIT. And even for us today, for those who are in Christ, we have entered into His REST. Tonight….RECLINE AT HIS TABLE…because He died on the cross once and for all…so that you might recline and dine with Him when He comes back for His own.
Find REST, PEACE AND JOY at the Lord’s table tonight!