Jesus enters this world of expectation and distinction, of hope and fear and even hatred. And, as a Jew, we would expect for him to follow the same categories of his forefathers, to see the meal as an anticipation for the Kingdom and a way of creating distinction with the world in which he currently inhabits. And he does! But not in the way that those who were waiting on God to redeem recognized.
One author puts it this way,
Thus it can be said that Jesus,
Jesus recognized that meals were a means of anticipating the Kingdom, of enacting grace and community, of sharing in the now abundance of God as we taste a bit of what the full banquet will be!