There have been many times that I have said goodbye to people over a meal or coffee.
Some have been humorous like the time I bought my group of young Vietnamese friends ice cream to say goodbye to a 14 year old member of our group. She got mint ice cream with gummy bears mixed in.
Some have been poignant like saying goodbye to close friends who were international students before they moved back to their home country.
Goodbyes can be wonderful experiences mixed with happiness and sadness. Happy to celebrate friendship and sad to say goodbye.
When it is time to say goodbye, we want to express what is on our hearts. It is time to say important things, so we don’t leave anything unsaid.
Before Jesus was arrested and crucified, he spent time with his closest followers to say goodbye. They shared the Seder meal to commemorate the Jewish Passover.
The Seder is a meal for Jewish people to remember God delivering them from the oppression of slavery in Egypt. During the Seder meal, the cup of wine represents the blood of the lambs that was smeared on the door post and windows, so the angel of death would pass over that house sparing the first born sons.
When Jesus lifted up the cup of wine of the Seder meal, he said:
“This is my blood of the covenant, which is poured out for many,” he said to them”
By doing so, he let his closest followers know that his blood shed on the cross would be the basis for a new covenant.
He also told them to, ” do this in remembrance of me.”
He wants us to remember his sacrifice for us. He wants us to remember his suffering for us.
The interesting thing to me is something else he said. It expressed his feelings in Luke 22:
“I have eagerly desired to eat this Passover with you before I suffer. For I tell you, I will not eat it again until it finds fulfillment in the kingdom of God.”
Jesus was eager to share this last Passover with his closest followers. It was a part of the saying goodbye for now process.
Jesus spent time with his closest followers before he was executed on the cross. He had his “Last Supper’ with those closest to him just like we would if we could.
Next time we partake of communion, let’s remember Jesus instituted it as a way to say, “Goodbye for now, I will come back for you..I died for you. I love you.”
Thank you for reading. God Bless.