Jesus intentionally created a space that was physically, spiritually, emotionally, attitudinally, and communicatively hospitable.
- The Last Supper was physically hospitable. He paid special attention to the physical space. Prior to the Supper, He sent Peter and John to get the space read for the passover feast. They had to find and purchase a lamb and secure enough wine for dinner. Jesus was very specific about the physical environment.
- The Last Supper was spiritually hospitable. John tells us that Jesus knew he came from the Father, had authority from the Father, and would eventually go back to the Father. The fact that He was at home with the Father created a spiritual climate that allowed everyone in the room to also feel at home.
- The Last Supper was emotionally hospitable. John says that Jesus “showed the full extent of His love.” That”s the greatest key to being a hospitable leader. If we want to warm hearts, we have to figure out appropriate ways to convey love in the teams and organizations we lead.
- The Last Supper was attitudinally hospitable. Jesus demonstrated the attitude of a servant by wrapping Himself in a towel and washing his disciples’ feet. he wasn’t an authoritarian but someone who met the needs of His followers. He was a servant-leader.
- The Last Supper was communicatively hospitable. This wasn’t just another passover supper. It was a leadership talk for the ages. During the meal, Jesus made a new covenant agreement, cast a vision for His disciples’ future, engaged in extreme team-building, and prayed passionately for His followers.
He intentionally created an environment to make His disciple feel welcome and comfortable because He knew what they were about to hear would change the world. There is so much to learn about the leadership of Jesus.