The first time and the last time.

The First Time and the Last Time

Luke 22:14-20 and John 13:3-5 

14 When the hour came, Jesus and his apostles reclined at the table. 15 And he said to them, “I have eagerly desired to eat this Passover with you before I suffer. 16 For I tell you, I will not eat it again until it finds fulfillment in the kingdom of God.”

17 After taking the cup, he gave thanks and said, “Take this and divide it among you. 18 For I tell you I will not drink again from the fruit of the vine until the kingdom of God comes.”

19 And he took bread, gave thanks and broke it, and gave it to them, saying, “This is my body given for you; do this in remembrance of me.”

20 In the same way, after the supper he took the cup, saying, “This cup is the new covenant in my blood, which is poured out for you.[a]

Jesus knew that the Father had put all things under his power, and that he had come from God and was returning to God; so he got up from the meal, took off his outer clothing, and wrapped a towel around his waist. After that, he poured water into a basin and began to wash his disciples’ feet, drying them with the towel that was wrapped around him.

How many of you remember the first time?  Now get your mind out of the gutter… I’m not talking about that first time.  But you remember…

The first time you rode a bike.

The first time you drove a car.

The first time you were left home alone.

The first time you had ice cream.

The first time you rode a roller coaster.

The first time you shot a gun.

The first time you saw him or her.

The first time you went on a date.

The first time you danced with someone.

The first time you kissed someone. 

The first time you got in trouble.

The first time you had your heart broke.

The first time you won.

The first time you lost.

The first time you did it by yourself. 

You see where I am going with this, the first time is usually special and we normally remember the first time.

What about the last time?

The last time you saw your dad.

The last time you talked to your mom.

The last time you went to work.

The last time you felt that way.

The last time they held you.

The last time you looked into their eyes.

The last time you talked to them.

The last time you said I love you. 

The last time they said they loved you.

The last time!

In many cases the last time can be just as special as the first time.  Depending on who the first and the last time is with.  In our text today Jesus is sharing some very special first and last time moments with his disciples.  Shall we take a look…

14 When the hour came, Jesus and his apostles reclined at the table. 15 And he said to them, “I have eagerly desired to eat this Passover with you before I suffer. 16 For I tell you, I will not eat it again until it finds fulfillment in the kingdom of God.”

17 After taking the cup, he gave thanks and said, “Take this and divide it among you. 18 For I tell you I will not drink again from the fruit of the vine until the kingdom of God comes.”

19 And he took bread, gave thanks and broke it, and gave it to them, saying, “This is my body given for you; do this in remembrance of me.”

20 In the same way, after the supper he took the cup, saying, “This cup is the new covenant in my blood, which is poured out for you.[a]

Jesus knew that the Father had put all things under his power, and that he had come from God and was returning to God; so he got up from the meal, took off his outer clothing, and wrapped a towel around his waist. After that, he poured water into a basin and began to wash his disciples’ feet, drying them with the towel that was wrapped around him.

Now these passages of scripture are very familiar stories in the Bible.  Communion and/or the Lord’s supper whatever you choose to call it, and the washing of the disciples feet are two Christian ordinances described in these stories, but what we may not realize is that it was the first time and the last time that Jesus participated in these activities with his disciples.  What a moment this must have been for the disciples.  I wonder what they were thinking.  

What do you mean this represents your body and your blood?  Why does he keep saying that he’s leaving?  

Where on earth is he going?  

Well, he is not going anywhere on earth.  He was going to prepare a place for them and for us.  And what were they thinking when he was washing there feet.  Well we know what outspoken Peter was thinking when he said,  No Lord you will never wash my feet. And Jesus says if I don’t wash your feet than you will no part with me.  To which Peter responds, not just my feet wash my hands and my head as well.  But then again this was the same Peter that told the Lord he would lay down his life for Jesus, but denied him three times before the crow of the rooster.  But no matter what the disciples where thinking.  No matter what was going through their minds. This was the first and the last time that they would be with Jesus like this.

So, I want to share with you three firsts and lasts that Jesus shared with his disciples, then we will go to the table, and I will bid you good evening.

First, it was the first and the last time Jesus served the disciples like this.  He served them the Lord’s supper explaining what each of the elements represented.  Then he served them by washing their feet.  And we discussed this last week when I told you they needed and we need the suffering servant.  But I can not express this point enough that Jesus did not come to be serve, he came to serve.  And on this last night together with his disciples he served them in a way that he had never served them before for the first time and the last time.  His service to them is an example of how the people of God should serve.  

How Christians should serve.  

How ministers should serve.  

How elders should serve.  

How deacons should serve.  

How trustees should serve.  

How church boards should serve.  

How pastors should serve.  

How evangelist should serve.  

How preachers should serve.  

How prophets should serve.  

How apostles should serve.  

How bishops should serve.  

I don’t know what it is about some people that get a title and think they should be served instead of serving,  well I got news for you baby if Jesus serves.  

If Immanuel, God with us serves.  

If the lamb of God serves.  

If the son of the living God serves.  

If Yahweh serves.  

If Jesus Christos serves we should be serving too, no matter what tittle we have earned or given ourselves.  Yes I said it and I’m not taking it back.  Some people are expecting to get served based on titles and credentials that they did not even earn.  They just thought it would be cool to call themselves that.  But it is going to be a sad moment when God says, I never knew you!  But those who serve with a sincere heart will hear the master say, well done good and faithful servant, come on in and take your rest.  It was the first time and the last time he served the disciples like this!

First, it was the first and the last time Jesus served the disciples like this.  Secondly, it was the first and the last time Jesus spoke to his disciples like this.  He gave them very explicit directions and information about what he was doing and what it all meant.  When he was serving the lords supper he told them as he broke the bread that this bread represents my body that was broken for you.  He told them as he passed the cup that this represents my blood that was shed for you.  And he told them as often as you do this, do it in remembrance of me.  As he washed their feet he explained to them what he was doing and he also told them that they should wash one another’s feet as well.  He wanted them to know that none of them was more important than the other.  And not only should they be serving each other they should be serving the world.  He had a very intimate and private conversation with his disciples.  Has God ever had an intimate and private conversation with you?  When he told you exactly what he wanted you to do for him.  You know what I am talking about because for years you’ve been trying to act like the conversation never happen or God must have had you mistaken for somebody else.  But I stopped by to let you know that he was talking to you.  It is time for you to do what God has called and told you to do.  And if you haven’t heard him speaking to you yet that just means that you need to spend some one on one time with the lord, close your mouth and listen to him talk.  So much of our time with God is filled with our wish list and telling him our problems, our needs, and our desires.  And there is nothing wrong with that, but every now and then we need to shut our mouths, be still and listen to God.  That is what the disciples did that night, and Jesus spoke to them in a way he had never spoken before for the first time and the last time.

First, it was the first and the last time Jesus served the disciples like this.  Secondly, it was the first and the last time Jesus spoke to his disciples like this.  Thirdly, it was the first and the last time Jesus saw his disciples like this.  What are you saying preacher?  I am saying that he he knew Judas was going to betrayed him, and he still served him the supper, and he still washed his feet.  Jesus knew that Peter would deny him three times, and he still served him the Lords supper and washed his feet.  

He knew that most of his disciples would scatter like roaches when the lights are turned on, but he still serve them the supper, and washed there feet.  In spite of what he saw in his disciples he still served them the supper and washed their feet.  In spite of what he saw he was still determined to do what he came to do. You still don’t see it do you.  It was the first time and the last time he saw them like this because in less than 24 hours he would be arrested.  

In less than 24 hours he would be convicted in a make shift trial by a weak judge and a stacked jury.  

In less than 24 hours the same people that were screaming Hosanna last week would be yelling crucify him.  

In less than 24 hours he would be tortured, beat, kicked, struck, spat on, mocked, ridiculed.  

In less than 24 hours he would be nailed to a cross.  

He less than 24 hours he would be pierced in his side.  

In less then 24 hours he would die for their sins and ours.  

And he saw them for the first time and the last time like that because when he seen them again he was the risen savior.  When he seen them again their sins were washed away.  

When he seen them again they were forgiven. 

When he seen them again they were redeemed.  

When he seen them again they were saved. 

Is there anybody in the room and online excited about the fact that the first time and the last time God seen you before you gave your life to him, He knew that you would saved because of what Jesus did for the first time and the last time.

I don’t know about you, but that makes me happy.

I don’t know about you but that gets me excited.

I don’t know about you but that tickles my fancy.

I don’t know about you but that makes me want to shout.

I don’t know about you but that makes me want to kick my heels up.

Oh magnify the lords with me, let us exalt his name together.

Because from the rising of the sun to the going down of the same

The name of Jesus is worthy to be praised.

He served them like never before for the first time and last time.

He spoke to them like never before for the first time and last time.

He saw them like never before for the first time and last time!

And we need to give him praise like its our first and our last time!


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