“And He said to them, ‘I have earnestly desired to eat this Passover with you before I suffer’” (Luke 22:15).
In his hour of suffering Jesus desired to be with what was, essentially, his church family. These disciples with whom he constantly fellowshipped, and studied the scriptures together for three years, were the core group of what would become the church. So immersed were their lives together, they had come to learn the benefit of shared life experiences. When suffering made its visitation, Jesus wanted the company of his faithful gatherers not those who showed a sporadic or seasonal interest in his life.