Have you heard the passages in Matthew 26, Mark 14, Luke 22, and John 13 recited and taught hundreds of times? The verses from these chapters, along with 1 Corinthians 11:17-34, are often used to educate Believers about the Last Supper and communion.
Unknowingly, many “pass over” the acknowledgment of the Passover in these scriptures! Perhaps somewhere in the back of our minds, we understand the relationship between Passover and communion, but when we partake of the bread and wine (or juice in some cases), are we thinking about their origins?
Are we bringing to mind the fact that Christ Himself celebrated Passover and ate the meal?
Or that the Lord sat down with those closest to Him and revealed a mystery that they didn’t understand at the time but that would change the course of their lives and history forever?
Today we are going to take a look at some details about the final plague in Exodus that is often overlooked when it comes to the communion and bring to light the significant symbolism of Passover. And it may just influence the way you take communion from now on…
Prepare for Passover | The Plague
“This month shall be your beginning of months; it shall be the first month of the year to you. Speak to all the congregation of Israel, saying: ‘On the tenth of this month every man shall take for himself a lamb, according to the house of his father, a lamb for a household.’”—Exodus 12:2-3
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This was to mark the beginning of the months. God was getting Israel’s attention to let them know He was about to do something major. The chapter before He gave insight into just how big this plague and judgment would be.
“Then there shall be a great cry throughout all the land of Egypt, such as was not like it before, nor shall be like it again.”—Exodus 11:6
Horrendous wailing was heard all throughout the land. The rebellion in Egypt’s heart produced great judgment.
Now, skip ahead to a scene in Jerusalem hundreds of years later, when people made a pilgrimage carrying the spotless lamb to the temple. Hundreds upon hundreds of lambs were slaughtered in the temple, shedding their blood for the sins of those who brought them.
Imagine the wailing, the stench, and the blood running out of the temple. It has been said that the river of blood from the sacrificed lambs would cover the floor and the priests would walk around ankle deep in the crimson sheen that symbolized the price of sin.
Put It on the Door Posts | The Blood
“And they shall take some of the blood and put it on the two doorposts… Now the blood shall be a sign for you on the houses where you are. And when I see the blood, I will pass over you; and the plague shall not be on you to destroy you when I strike the land of Egypt.”—Exodus 12:7, 13
The smearing of blood gave the Lord a legal right to declare life instead of judgment for His people.
“For the life of the flesh is in the blood, and I have given it to you upon the altar to make atonement for your souls; for it is the blood that makes atonement for the soul.”—Leviticus 17:11
The blood gave life and covered sin. Therefore, when the blood was spread upon the two wooden doorposts, it was a declaration that death was no match for the Lord. He gave life and the blood pardoned and atoned.
Redemption on the Cross | Revelation of the Covenant
When Jesus sat with His disciples at that Last Supper, He understood His blood that would be shed for the salvation of many. He understood the significant symbolism of Passover as well as the physical manifestation of spiritual freedom, both in Egypt and then in Jerusalem generations later.
Just outside of the temple, blood was smeared across two wooden posts. This time it was a rugged cross. And the Passover Lamb was Yeshua the Messiah. He poured out His blood by way of a gruesome death… and that blood is what covers Believers today, moving them from death to life.
“But when they came to Jesus and saw that He was already dead, they did not break His legs. But one of the soldiers pierced His side with a spear, and immediately blood and water came out.”—John 19:33-34
- “In one house it shall be eaten; you shall not carry any of the flesh outside the house, nor shall you break one of its bones.”—Exodus 12:46 (emphasis added)
- “He guards all his bones; not one of them is broken.”—Psalm 34:20 (emphasis added)
So then, when you take communion and read the words of 1 Corinthians 11:24, what does it mean?
Take, eat; this is My body which is broken for you; do this in remembrance of Me.”
His body was certainly broken. His flesh was torn, pierced, scourged, and beaten. But His bones were not. When you take communion, think about the price that was paid so that you may enter into a covenant relationship with your Father. As well as the significance of the pain Jesus endured… through that He gave you strength to overcome a broken spirit.
The Ultimate Victory!
You no longer have to live broken! You can walk in ultimate victory! The power and purpose of the covenant are to enable us to walk in the fullness of our salvation. Our joy is only as good as understanding faith and trust in the covenant relationship.
The revelation of the relationship between the Passover and communion is powerful. It allows us to deeply experience the sacrifice made so that victory is ours as the Holy Spirit refreshes and renews our souls.
Let us never forget the wonder of the Passover Lamb and the doorposts painted with blood that gives us eternal freedom.
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