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By Rev. Wayne Palmer

Lenten Devotion

And He (Jesus) said to them, "I have earnestly desired to
eat this Passover with you before I suffer" (Luke 22:15).

Read Luke 22:14-15.

According to the Bible's reckoning, the day began at sunset
rather than midnight. So as Jesus sits down in the upper
room to eat, He is well aware the final day of His earthly life
has begun. Much lies before Him: three grueling hours of
prayer, His arrest, three trials, mistreatment and mockery,
bitter suffering, abuse, torture, six hours of agony on the
cross and, finally, His death.

These great Passion events could easily dominate His
thoughts, but instead He pushes them aside and focuses
on the moment. He wants His disciples to know how
important they are to Him. His literal words make that clear:
"With great desire I have desired to eat this Passover with

What was so important about this meal for Jesus? It was the
people who surrounded Him-the people He loved and for
whom He would soon lay down His life. Jesus feels the same
about you and me. He treasures the time we spend reading
His Word, gathering with our brothers and sisters in worship,
praying to Him. He promises, "For where two or three are
gathered in My Name, there am I among them"
(Matthew 18:20).

Here in the upper room they will soon eat the Passover lamb
and remember how God had delivered their ancestors from
slavery in Egypt. But they don't realize that among them sits
the Passover Lamb. It is He who will this very day will go to
the cross to deliver them from the slavery of sin, death, Satan
and hell-and open wide for all of us the gates of Paradise.


Lord Jesus, thank You for living in my heart. Deliver me from
all evil and lead me to Your eternal home. Amen.

(Lutheran Hour Ministries)

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