Then He said to them, “With fervent desire I have desired to eat this Passover with you before I suffer.”
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Jesus Christ knew the terrible things He would suffer in the day ahead, but still He focused His mind on His disciples and using this last opportunity to teach them as much as He could.
Much of His teaching on that Passover night is recorded for us in each of the Gospels, and especially in John 13 through 17. He set us an incredible example by focusing on God’s festival and God’s plan even when He had every excuse to focus on His own trials and Himself.
How can we do any less than to “do this in remembrance” of Him (verse 19), with fervent desire?