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Written by Peter Langbroek
It was a night of love--the last Passover Jesus would spend with His disciples. How He loved them! The disciples were reclining around the table, their feet had been washed by their Lord and Master. And He taught them love. He said to them,

Ye call me Master and Lord: and ye say well; for so I am. If I
then, your Lord and Master, have washed your feet; ye also ought
to wash one another's feet. For I have given you an example, that
ye should do as I have done to you. Verily, verily, I say unto
you, The servant is not greater than his lord; neither he that is
sent greater than he that sent him. If ye know these things,
happy are ye if ye do them (John 13: 13-17)

The disciples saw Him take bread, give thanks, break it, and give it to them, saying ÒThis is my body which is given for you: this do in remembrance of meÓ (Luke 22: 19). They all took the bread and ate it. Then they saw Him take the cup of wine and say, "This cup is the new testament in my blood, which is shed for youÓ (Luke 22: 20). He gave the cup to them and they drank it.

Jesus was teaching them what they would soon understand. For there, on the Passover table, as they remembered the tenth plague in Egypt and the deliverance through the Red Sea, they would soon remember the love of Christ as He shed His blood and offered His body a sacrifice for their sins, all except one.

What Jesus said, soon after, shocked and puzzled them. Jesus shook, His voice trembled with sadness. Troubled in spirit, He said, "Verily, verily, I say unto you, that one of you shall betray meÓ (John 13: 21).

There, in stunned silence, they looked at each other. There was John next to Jesus, leaning against His chest. He was the one whom Jesus loved. Peter caught John's attention. "Ask Him, Lord, who is it?" John looked up at Jesus and asked Him.

Jesus said, "He it is, to whom I shall give a sop, when I have dipped itÓ (John 13: 26)".

There was Judas. He watched Jesus take the bread and dip it. His hand went out, and he took it, and he ate. Then he walked out to act out his treachery.

Judas had been with Jesus who did nothing else but love Him and teach Him. How many meals he had eaten with Him! And even in this last act, Jesus acted toward him with honour, and His heart was deeply grieved. Jesus extended His hand in love and Judas took the bread in hate. With washed feet, he left the supper, into the darkness, out of the protecting love of God, with Satan in his heart.

Boys and girls, that Passover celebration was an unforgettable night for the remaining disciples. For there Jesus taught them about love. Think of it: Jesus overjoyed, saying He had longed to eat this Passover with them; Jesus bending down to wash their feet; Jesus with John against His chest--the disciple whom He loved.

In this Passover feast Jesus taught them saying, "A new commandment I give unto you, That ye love one another; as I have loved you [emphasis mine], that ye also love one another. By this shall all men know that ye are my disciples, if ye have love one to another.Ò (John 13: 34,35).

Think of these words as you watch the Lord's Supper. Remember JesusÕ love. He showed perfect love by doing what no one else could do: dying on the cross for sinners. As it says in Romans 5:6- 8: " For when we were yet without strength, in due time Christ died for the ungodly. For scarcely for a righteous man will one die: yet peradventure for a good man some would even dare to die. But God commendeth His love toward us, in that, while we were yet sinners, Christ died for us."

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