While preparing to share in the Passover, Jesus washed the feet of His disciples. By this humble act, He showed them how to love one another. (Aside: it’s unthinkable, by any stretch of the imagination, how any head of anything today could do the same for his people.)
Then at the dining table with His disciples, He said, "I have been very eager to eat this Passover meal with you before my suffering begins. For I tell you now that I won't eat this meal again until its meaning is fulfilled in the Kingdom of God." (Luke 22:15-16, NLT)
That was His last supper with them before His crucifixion. It was a highly symbolic act—His body broken (bread) and His blood shed (wine)—to prepare them for His departure.
To His disciples, it was a sad farewell. They would never have a meal with Him again, not on this earth.
But just two weeks after His resurrection, Jesus appeared on the shore waiting for them, coming back from a long dark night of fishing, but catching nothing. (John 21:1-19)
Jesus told them to cast their nets again and they caught such a large number of fish they had a hard time hauling all in! It was the break of dawn, a fresh, new day.
He said, “Bring some of the fish you have just caught . . . Come and have breakfast.” Jesus took the bread and gave it to them, and did the same with the fish.
“Come.” It is hope within easy reach.
Anyone does not have to end with the last supper; we are invited to begin anew with the first breakfast. The meaning of the last super “has been fulfilled in the kingdom of God.”
And the resurrection of Jesus is our new beginning, the dawn of our new day, our first breakfast—so we can leave our old sinful selves and live again.
Can grace be any grander?