And as they were eating, Jesus took bread, blessed and broke it, and gave it to them and said, “Take, eat; this is My body.” Then He took the cup, and when He had given thanks He gave it to them, and they all drank from it. And He said to them, “This is My blood of the new covenant, which is shed for many. Assuredly, I say to you, I will no longer drink of the fruit of the vine until that day when I drink it new in the kingdom of God.” Mark 14:22-25
It is the Jewish Passover. As a Christian this is significant to me. Let me tell you why. We already celebrated Easter, Resurrection Sunday, last month. The calendar is a little mussed up this year, though the Orthodox Easter still remains in close proximity to Passover. So I actually have celebrated that Christ died for our sins and rose again acknowledging that He passed over from death to life as a substitution for my sins. You know it is much easier to acknowledge this once a year than to do it in my heart every day. Yet this is what I am called to do, what I need to do.
The Hebrews call Passover “Haggadah” (הגדה), which means “the telling” or “tell your son”. They were to tell of the works of God in saving the Hebrews from their bondage in Egypt. God is really good that way. He gives us many tangible ways to remember him. One of these ways is by remembering his appointed times, the feasts of the Lord. When Jesus ate his last Passover meal with his disciples, he told them to remember him when they ate the meal again – to tell what the feast truly meant. As Christians this is when we participate in The Lord’s Supper, commonly called “Communion”, and proclaim our salvation through Christ’s death and resurrection. As a Christian what I am excited about is the discovery of God’s purposes and Christ’s fulfillment of these holy days. The Messianic significance in Passover tells the message of God’s salvation, first to the Jews, then to the Gentiles whom he has grafted in to his family of faith!
In my small group this week, we are participating in a Passover. The celebration is in Christ, the Passover Lamb! This will be a time for us to have Communion together and remember the sacrifice and salvation granted to us by our Lord. I have done this several times with various groups and it has been a blessing and an excellent teaching opportunity. That is one of the reasons that I do this. I am not compelled by law to celebrate the feast, nor do I do so “religiously” on an annual basis, yet I am free to do so in the spirit. As Passover occurs, this experience is, however, a special time to remember Lord Jesus Christ, Yeshua Mesiach.
For Christ, our Passover lamb, has been sacrificed.
Therefore let us keep the Festival,
not with the old yeast, the yeast of malice and wickedness,
but with bread without yeast, the bread of sincerity and truth.
1 Corinthians 5:6,7
For whenever you eat this bread and drink this cup,
you proclaim the Lord’s death until he comes. 1 Corinthians 11:26
This do in remembrance of me. Luke 22: 19
The Old Covenant and the New . . .
Hebrews 10: 1-18
For the law, having a shadow of the good things to come, and not the very image of the things, can never with these same sacrifices, which they offer continually year by year, make those who approach perfect. For then would they not have ceased to be offered? For the worshipers, once purified, would have had no more consciousness of sins. But in those sacrifices there is a reminder of sins every year. For it is not possible that the blood of bulls and goats could take away sins.
Therefore, when He came into the world, He said:
“ Sacrifice and offering You did not desire,
But a body You have prepared for Me.
In burnt offerings and sacrifices for sin
You had no pleasure.
Then I said, ‘Behold, I have come—
In the volume of the book it is written of Me—
To do Your will, O God.’”
Previously saying, “Sacrifice and offering, burnt offerings, and offerings for sin You did not desire, nor had pleasure in them ” (which are offered according to the law), then He said, “Behold, I have come to do Your will, O God.” He takes away the first that He may establish the second. By that will we have been sanctified through the offering of the body of Jesus Christ once for all.
And every priest stands ministering daily and offering repeatedly the same sacrifices, which can never take away sins. But this Man, after He had offered one sacrifice for sins forever, sat down at the right hand of God, from that time waiting till His enemies are made His footstool. For by one offering He has perfected forever those who are being sanctified.
But the Holy Spirit also witnesses to us; for after He had said before,
“This is the covenant that I will make with them after those days, says the LORD: I will put My laws into their hearts, and in their minds I will write them,” then He adds, “Their sins and their lawless deeds I will remember no more.” Now where there is remission of these, there is no longer an offering for sin.
Here are some resources to help you plan a Christ fulfilled Passover Celebration:
A Christian Passover Haggadah (This is the one we used.)