“With fervent desire I have desired to eat this Passover with you

     before I suffer, for I say to you, I will no longer eat of it until it is fulfilled

                                               in the kingdom of God.”

                         (Luke 22:15)


The reason behind Jesus’ vow of abstinence of food is one of the most intriguing observations in biblical revelation. Jesus may have intended to make it clear to His disciples that His vicarious death is irrevocable. He prepares Himself with a resolute will to drink the bitter cup that the Father offers Him. Indeed, Jesus often stood in our place so that we could someday stand in that same place. He stood in the place of suffering so we could endure suffering. He bore His cross so that we could carry our own cross.