The Journey to The Cross, March 21: His Last Passover – Passover Fulfilled
Have you ever participated in a Seder, or Passover celebration? As a believer, it is an amazing experience. You can see how everything in the celebration points forward from the time of Moses to when Jesus fulfilled all the parts of the feast.
If you consistently take communion, you are very familiar with two of the primary elements of Passover, the Bread and the Cup. And you probably know that Jesus explained the fulfillment of their meaning during his last Passover celebration with His disciples. It was more than just a meal they ate together; it was a remembrance of that first Passover when the angel of death passed over the homes marked with the blood of the perfect lamb. Breaking the matzah, or unleavened bread, in the Passover was not new. Traditionally, there are three pieces of matzah on the plate. One of them is broken, wrapped in a clean, white napkin and hidden away for a time. That part the disciples were familiar with already. But when Jesus said, “This is my body, broken for you” as he broke that piece, he fulfilled the Passover in a whole new way. Three pieces of matzah? The Trinity of Father, Son and Holy Spirit. The broken matzah? Jesus, broken for us on the cross. Being wrapped in a clean napkin and hidden for a time? The grave clothes and tomb that could not hold our Savior.
Now take the wine. There are actually four cups served during the Passover, representing four promises of God found in Exodus 6:6-7: “I will bring you out”; “I will deliver you”; “I will redeem you”; “I will take you to me for a people”. It was the third cup, the cup of blessing, which Jesus applied to His own blood. He declared, “This cup is the new covenant between God and his people—an agreement confirmed with my blood, which is poured out as a sacrifice for you.” (Luke 22:20, NLT) That was the third cup, the one that the Jews say means, “I will redeem you.” And, indeed, it is the costly blood of Jesus that redeems us, or buys us out of slavery in the kingdom of the enemy and into freedom and new life in the Kingdom of God.
The next time you take communion, remember. Remember that Jesus fulfilled the Law by dying in your place. And He fulfilled the Passover by becoming the final Lamb.
Adoration: Thank God for His amazing consistency, woven through Scripture and all time. Praise God that “Jesus Christ is [eternally changeless, always] the same yesterday and today and forever.” (Hebrews 13:8, AMP)
Confession: Confess anything that the Holy Spirit brings to mind. Tell God that you agree with Him about your sin and choose to walk in a new direction.
Thanksgiving: Thank God for the opportunity to remember Christ’s death and resurrection every time you take communion.
Supplication: Ask God to bless your local church as preparations are being made for Easter. Ask Him to guard and protect all those who will serve that day so that the services can be a clear presentation of Who He is and what He did for us.