This is the day before Jesus would be crucified.
1. What is Jesus getting at in the first three verses? What’s the key point?
He knows what’s going to happen. This was part of God’s plan.
2. What’s significant about the Passover meal?
Celebrated each year as the Jewish people remembered how God spared them and saved them in Egypt.
It involved bread and four cups of wine. First being Kaddish – ‘to sanctify’, second being the cup of remembrance. Third is the one Jesus held up – cup of salvation. Fourth at the end, one would say ‘next year in Jerusalem’. Jesus didn’t as he said he’d drink it in his Father’s kingdom.
3. How did the disciples respond? Either in first three verses or after Jesus said one would betray him.
They were sad. None of them thought they could be the one.
4. Why do you think Judas betrayed Jesus?
- Possibly money.
- It would force Jesus to assert his true power and overthrow the Romans.
- He thought Jesus was a false Messiah.
- He was upset about Jesus’ casual attitude towards the law.
5. How might we be like Judas?
We can want to force Jesus’ hand on something.
6. How might we be like Peter?
We can miss the point. Proud disciples always mess up.
7. What can we learn from all this? How can we be different? What’s Matthew’s point?
Jesus is the only way. He is the Passover lamb. We need a lamb who dies instead of us. He is our substitute.