Read I Corinthians 5:6-8
Stan presiding over a Seder in Old City Jerusalem
Are you aware that our communion or Lord’s supper comes right out of the Jewish Passover? If so, you’re ahead of the game. If not, I hope this brief insight helps.
I’m about to enter my 34th year of presenting “Behold the Lamb” Messianic Passover presentations. I’ve done these in churches, small groups, on the radio, etc. The message of Passover is simple – Christ died for us, was buried and rose again! (I Corinthians 15)
The Jewish Passover (as described in Exodus 12) has numerous elements in the celebration that have phenomenal spiritual parallels to Jesus as our Passover lamb. In fact, it is amazing to think that as Jesus was celebrating His last supper He was actually observing the Jewish Passover with His disciples. Many of the Passover truths being discussed as fulfilled in Jewish history find their greater fulfillment in Jesus.
Digging in to the fertile soil of the ancient land and writings.
In the middle of the ceremonial meal, the father who is presiding over the evening takes a piece of bread (called Matzah, unleavened bread) and the third of four cups drunk during the evening. He passes out a piece of the Matzah to each of the family members as a way to describe that each must taste of this unleavened bread in order to enter into what it means to break away from the old life and enter the new life. Next, he shares this third cup with each of his family members so that each can taste of this cup, the Cup of Redemption.
It was at this point that Jesus instituted what we now call the Lord’s supper. He was portraying to His disciples that He was, in fact, the true Unleavened Bread of Life (John 6) and He, through His shed blood as symbolized in this cup, was providing redemption for all mankind. Thus, Jesus changed forever the Jewish Passover. Whenever you and I take of this bread and cup we are reminding ourselves of Jesus’ broken body on the cross and His shed blood for forgiveness of sins.
Applying these truths to your life right now:
- Read Exodus 12 and related passages to be reminded of the depth and breadth of this wonderful redemption story.
- Recognize that it’s one thing to read about redemption through the Passover. It’s another thing to actually experience it. Have you tasted the forgiveness of sins Jesus provided through His death on the cross?
- Do you have friends who are searching for truth? Consider inviting them to a Messianic Passover presentation. You might also take the knowledge you have and help them understand who Jesus is and how He wants to set them free from their sins through His forgiveness.
- A helpful tool in the sharing of this wonderful message is my booklet “Behold the Lamb Messianic Passover Haggadah”. Click on my booklet link on this site for order information.
To “pass over” these truths is to “pass over” the greatest decision this side of heaven.