Interpreting Life

The One Year® Chronological Bible, NKJV (Tyndale, 2013), October 29

images“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?’ And He said, ‘Go into the city to a certain man, and say to him, “The Teacher says, ‘My time is at hand’”’” (Mt. 26:17-18). Jesus knows that His death is imminent; He understands that the Passover was a picture of a future event that spoke of Him.

Days before Israel’s exodus from Egypt, Moses instructed the heads of households to take a lamb without defect from each household and to keep it until the fourteenth day of the month. At twilight on the fourteenth day, the lamb was to be killed, and the blood slathered on the lintel and doorposts of the house. A “last meal” was to be prepared, with the lamb roasted along with unleavened bread and bitter herbs. The lamb was to be completely consumed by those in the household. That night the LORD would pass through the land, and the firstborn of houses without the lambs’ blood on the doorposts would perish, but He would pass over houses marked with blood—thus, “the LORD’s Passover.” That final feast was to be celebrated annually for seven days, as a memorial of a past event and a picture of a future event.

Throughout His life, Jesus interprets His life and circumstances through the lens of Scripture, which foretells His birth, ministry, death, and resurrection. The Scriptures provide the map for His life.

Jesus’ identification of a betrayer during the Feast demonstrates yet again that the Scripture lights His way—“that the Scripture may be fulfilled” (Jn. 13:18):

“He who eats bread with Me has lifted up his heel against me” (Jn. 13:18; Ps. 41:9)

“Most assuredly, I say to you, one of you will betray Me” (Jn. 13:22)

“The Son of Man indeed goes just as it is written of Him” (Mt. 26:24)

This dinner scene during the Feast of the Passover offers a number of truths about God and man:

  • Many people celebrated the Passover event, but most missed its fulfillment.
  • The Old Testament Scriptures clearly foretell, with pictures and promises, the death of Christ. Jesus perfectly fulfills every promise.
  • Without Bible literacy man has no lens or filter through which to understand who God is, what’s wrong in this world, and how God redeems man—how to interpret life. Your life fulfills Scripture; either you walk in good works that God has foreordained (Eph. 2:10), or you live for self and experience the promised judgment on unbelievers.
  • Knowing God’s Word provides the lens or filter through which you may know His will and walk in His way.

Little did Israel understand that their celebration of the Passover was their celebration of the Passover Lamb. He was in their midst, and they missed Him. The traditions of the elders had replaced Bible literacy, and the people of the Messiah missed the advent of their Messiah!

Questions from today’s chronological Bible reading (Mk. 14:1-2, 10-26; Mt. 26:1-5, 14-30; Lk. 22:1-30; Jn. 13:1-30):
How has Judas opened up his life to the suggestions and work of Satan?
What statement does Jesus make that confronts His disciples with their own sinfulness?
How does Jesus reveal Himself to His disciples as their Passover Lamb?