Jesus has repeated taught his disciples that he would give his life as a ransom for many. Jesus is going to give his life so that people could be rescued from their sins. The timing for Jesus to do this act is very important. In Mark 14:16 Jesus told his disciples to go make preparations for the Passover. Mark 14:12 declares that it is the first day of Unleavened Bread which coincided with the Passover feast. Of all the days of the year when Jesus could have decided to give his life over, he chose the Passover. The Passover is the background for what Jesus is doing as he institutes the Lord’s Supper. So to understand the Lord’s Supper properly, we first need to have an understanding of the Passover and what would have been in the mind of the disciples when Jesus sat down with his disciples.
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