With the Memorial coming up (and all of you attending of course, haha) I wanted to post a topic that's been bugging me for quite a while:
OK, we were all taught that the Last Supper coincided with the Passover, which was required by Jews to celebrate annually. However, I've got a couple of questions on this:
We all know that the Passover was to commemorate the Exodus out of Egypt in which God instructs the Israelites to sacrifice a lamb on Nissan 14th before sunset. Yet there is no mention of Jesus and his disciples eating a sacrificial lamb or eating the bitter herbs at the Last Supper----there's only bread and wine there. Why wouldn't they have prepared a lamb and eaten the bitter herbs as required by their law? Especially as Jesus is spoken of a "the Lamb who takes away the sin of the world."
And if the Last Supper had been held on the first night of Passover (which lasted 8 days), that would mean Jesus’ trial and execution took place during the Jewish holidays. And if the Scribes and Pharisees did play a part in his arrest, trial and death, it meant that they were engaging in activities that were forbidden by their own laws during Passover. If Jesus was the thorn in their side that the NT says he was, why, after 3 years did they suddenly decided to get rid of him during Passover? Wouldn't it have been easier if they had waited another week?