“I have earnestly desired to eat this Passover with you before I suffer. For I tell you I will not eat it until it is fulfilled in the kingdom of God" (v15-16). Eating the Passover together was a sign of fellowship and remembering God’s deliverance. This time, it was even more: the “last supper” (before Jesus’ death), the inauguration of a new, cross-centered fellowship meal, and a looking forward to the kingdom of God. Jesus wanted his disciples to share in everything, even at the cost of his own life.
“This is my body, which is given for you” (v19). Jesus “earnestly desired” to rescue us from sin so that we can have fellowship with him now, and in God’s kingdom.