What was Jesus up to at The Supper?

“[The Last Supper] said two very specific things.

First, like all Jewish Passover meals, the event spoke of leaving Egypt. To a first-century Jew, it pointed to the return from exile, the new exodus, the great covenant renewal spoken of by the prophets…

Second, however, the meal brought Jesus’ own kingdom-movement to its climax. It indicated that the new exodus, and all that meant, was happening in and through Jesus himself…

Jesus intended this meal to symbolize the new exodus, the arrival of the kingdom through his own fate. The meal, focused on Jesus’ actions with the bread and the cup, told the Passover story, and Jesus’ own story, and wove these two into one.” – N. T. Wright, Jesus and the Victory of God, 557-559.

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Posted on May 29, 2012, in Jesus Christ, N. T. Wright and tagged , , , , , . Bookmark the permalink. Leave a comment.

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