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The Last Supper.

The Last Supper.

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Published by GLENN DALE PEASE
BY REV. HENRY AXELSOX, D.D.,



[Matt, xx vi. ; Mark xiv. ; Luke xxii.]

LET us trv to "see Jesus " as
he sat with his disciples at
" the Last Supper" We mean
by this the last Passover
supper in which he took
part, and the last meal at
which he sat down (or reclined) before
his crucifixion.
BY REV. HENRY AXELSOX, D.D.,



[Matt, xx vi. ; Mark xiv. ; Luke xxii.]

LET us trv to "see Jesus " as
he sat with his disciples at
" the Last Supper" We mean
by this the last Passover
supper in which he took
part, and the last meal at
which he sat down (or reclined) before
his crucifixion.

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THE LAST SUPPER.BY REV. HERY AXELSOX, D.D.,[Matt, xx vi. ; Mark xiv. ; Luke xxii.]LET us trv to "see Jesus " ashe sat with his disciples at" the Last Supper" We meanby this the last Passoversupper in which he took part, and the last meal atwhich he sat down (or reclined) beforehis crucifixion.It is in an upper room in the cityof Jerusalem, in the house of a manof whom we know nothing except thathe was willing to give this accommoda-tion to Jesus and his disciples; forJesus had sent two of his disciples intothe city, telling them that they wouldmeet "a man bearing a pitcher of water,' who would readily give themthe use of a suitable room, on theirsimply telling him that "the Master ¦desired it; and so it came to pass. Iseach of us as ready to give up to himwhatever we learn that "the Master'calls for?The furnished upper room has beenmade ready; the passover lamb hasbeen killed, and the passover supperwith unleavened bread has been pre-pared. The Master sits there, or re-
 
clines upon a couch, and all his twelveapostles are reclining with him.They probably expect that he willgive them instruction concerning hisheavenly kingdom — such as he hasoften given before, or perhaps moreTHE LAST SUPPER. 163solemn and important. But whenthey look upon him as they are to-gether at the table, they see that he isexceedingly sad. His expressive face,which beamed so brightly withheavenly joy when he lifted up hiseyes to heaven (as they have some-times seen him do), and said, "Father,I thank thee," now wears a look of sorrow such as was never seen on anyother countenance. He knows whatis before him — knows what he isgoing to suffer, and already thefearful shadow of that agony is uponhim.While they are thus reclining to-gether, as closest and dearest friends,Jesus tells them that one of them willbetray him, and by a sign w r hich hegives shows that he means Judas.The traitor leaves the table, and goes164 SEEIG JESUS.out to find the enemies of his Lord,
 
and to betray him unto them.I am inclined to think (though per-haps the evangelists have not madethis perfectly clear) that it was afterJudas went out that the Lord took bread, and blessed and brake, andgave to them, telling them, " This ismy body" and then passed the cupof wine to them, having given thanksover it, and having said, " This is mybloodyHe bids them eat the bread anddrink from the cup " in remembranceof him." So he makes this a memo-rial supper — a supper to keep him inremembrance — to help his disciplesremember him.At the same time he tells themthat he is about to die for them, togive up his body to be mangled andTHE LAST SUPPER. 165Ills blood to be shed, to redeem themfrom sin, from u the curse of theLaw."Is it any wonder that those apostleswho looked on the Saviour then, whosaw his face when it had that look of loving sorrow upon it, and heard hisvoice, in such touching tones, askingthose he was going to die for, to remem-ber him — is it any wonder that they al-ways afterward had it for a custom to

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