John 13:21-30 (NASB)
21 When Jesus had said this, He became troubled in spirit, and testified and said, "Truly, truly, I say to you, that one of you will betray Me." 22 The disciples began looking at one another, at a loss to know of which one He was speaking. 23 There was reclining on Jesus' bosom one of His disciples, whom Jesus loved. 24 So Simon Peter *gestured to him, and *said to him, "Tell us who it is of whom He is speaking." 25 He, leaning back thus on Jesus' bosom, *said to Him, "Lord, who is it?" 26 Jesus then *answered, "That is the one for whom I shall dip the morsel and give it to him." So when He had dipped the morsel, He *took and *gave it to Judas, the son of Simon Iscariot. 27 After the morsel, Satan then entered into him. Therefore Jesus *said to him, "What you do, do quickly." 28 Now no one of those reclining at the table knew for what purpose He had said this to him. 29 For some were supposing, because Judas had the money box, that Jesus was saying to him, "Buy the things we have need of for the feast"; or else, that he should give something to the poor. 30 So after receiving the morsel he went out immediately; and it was night.
This incident happened during the “Last Supper”. The disciples and any Jew would know that nothing could be bought during the High Sabbath of the first day of the Feast of Unleavened Bread which begins at sunset during the Passover Seder. Any giving to the poor (so they could celebrate the Passover) would have to be done before the Passover meal was served. Therefore, the “Last Supper” could not have been the Passover.
In my next post, I will explore one more reason that the Last Supper could not have been the Passover.