Mark 14:12-26 The Passover – Old And New.
Many regard verses 22-26 as Jesus instituting “the Lord’s supper,” but they can only do so by taking these verses out of their context. When Jesus said “Take, eat; this is my body” (v. 22), they were eating the Passover meal. When he passed around the cup, it was the cup of the Passover that he referred to when he said “This is My blood of the new covenant” (v. 24 Cf. Ex. 12). The Passover lamb of this meal would soon find its ultimate fulfillment in the final and true Passover lamb of God (Cf. Jn. 1:29-34; I Cor. 5:7). Jesus instructed his disciples to prepare for the Passover, and directed them to the person and place that had been providentially prepared for them in advance. Jesus celebrated this meal with them even though he knew that there would be a betrayer with them, and that he would soon be the Passover offering of the new covenant spoken of by the prophets (Cf. Jer. 31:31ff.; Ezek. 16:62-63; Hos. 2:19-20; Heb. 8:8-12; 10:16-17). The last days of the old covenant were fast approaching, and the offering up of himself would usher in the new era. In this new era the leaven of sin and corruption would finally be removed (I Cor. 5:8).