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The Last Paschal Meal of Our Lord and God Jesus Christ

For Jesus, none of the problems directly concerned Him; but all of the problems concerned those whom He loved eternally. What is a problem? When two facts are in conflict, you have a problem.

The day before His crucifixion, Jesus was confronted with three vital problems; actually they were challenges to His love.

1. Jesus had to leave, but He really wanted to stay with His loved ones. It was His Father’s decision that He had to leave. “Truly the Son of Man goes as it has been determined…(Luke 22: 22). At another point Jesus says: “Nevertheless I tell you the truth. It is to your advantage that I go away; for if I do not the Helper (the Holy Spirit) will not come to you; but if I depart, I will send Him to you” (John 16:7). It was His Father’s will that He had to leave soon. But he wanted to remain with the humanity He so loved and sacrificed Himself for. During the supper Jesus clearly tells them: “With fervent desire I have desired to eat this Passover with you before I suffer …” (Luke 22:15), because “this meal will impart the mysteries of the new covenant to His followers…(The Orthodox Study Bible, 2008; p. 1409). Jesus loved them so intensely, particularly in that hour of His last meal with them.

Actually, two facts are in conflict here: The intense love He had for His Father; as a loving Son He had to obey the will of His father that He had to leave, and He “always (does) those things that please Him” (John 8:29). Hence he had to leave to please His father. The other fact is that He loves His dear disciples, the humanity He was about to redeem; and He did not want to leave them either.

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