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As a Christian, have you ever wondered deeply about the origins of communion? Most of us know that Jesus broke the bread and drank from the cup and told His disciples to do so in remembrance of Him. But did you also know this was actually a Passover Seder? Learn more about Jesus, not only as the Messiah but Jesus the Passover Lamb! We will go over what Passover is and what celebrating Passover as a Christian means.

 

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Jesus the Passover Lamb

Many people tend to think of Passover as “just a Jewish holiday”, and it is. But from a learning perspective, it is so much more than that! It is one of the seven Biblical festivals and one Jesus Himself (Yeshua) not only observed as a Jew but went on to fulfill in His work of redemption on the cross. Jesus IS our Passover Lamb!

 

In the audio message that follows I will attempt to explain what Passover is and what Passover means for the Christian family!

 


 

Passover is a beautiful picture of the Messiah, Jesus the Passover Lamb! He is called “the Lamb of God who takes away the sin of the word” by John the Baptist in John 1:29

 

Jesus the Passover Lamb – Was the Last Supper a Passover Seder?

There is some debate about this but I honestly don’t see how. The Bible is clear on this. Yes, the Last Supper was a Passover Seder. We can see that in Jesus’ own words.

 

Luke 22:11 says:

“…and tell the master of the house, ‘The Teacher says to you, Where is the guest room, where I may eat the Passover with my disciples?’” (ESV)

 

Seems pretty cut and dry to me.

Luke 22: 14-20 says:

When the hour came, Jesus and his apostles reclined at the table. And he said to them, “I have eagerly desired to eat this Passover with you before I suffer. For I tell you, I will not eat it again until it finds fulfillment in the kingdom of God.”

After taking the cup, he gave thanks and said, “Take this and divide it among you.  For I tell you I will not drink again from the fruit of the vine until the kingdom of God comes.”

And he took bread, gave thanks and broke it, and gave it to them, saying, “This is my body given for you; do this in remembrance of me.”

In the same way, after the supper he took the cup, saying, “This cup is the new covenant in my blood, which is poured out for you. NIV

The Bread and the Cups

The breaking of the bread (unleavened bread in this case) and the drinking from the cup are vitally important parts of the Passover Seder, as is reclining.

Reclining at the table is done because now the Jewish people can eat the Passover at peace, in a relaxed manner, since they no longer have to flee from Egypt and slavery. So Jewish families put pillows at the table in order to recline for the Seder. 

I go more into the four cups of Passover in a later post!

You see, Jesus IS the fulfillment of the Law. As such, He would have kept every Biblical command, including the ones to observe the Passover! Period!


What Was Eaten At The Last Supper?

Have you ever wondered?

 

Well, one only has to know the elements of the Passover Seder to know what was eaten at the Last Supper. The audio message below, along with the messages on the Seder linked below, will show you what Jesus our Passover Lamb meant when He said in 1 Corinthians 11:24:

…and when he had given thanks, he broke it, and said, “This is my body, which is for you. Do this in remembrance of me.”(ESV)

 

In this message and the ones to follow, I will go over each element of the Seder and how it ties in to Christian communion, including what Jesus meant when He said ‘this is my body’ and ‘this is my blood’.


 

Jesus the Passover Lamb – Audio Message

 

 

 


Some other posts like ‘Jesus our Passover Lamb’ you might enjoy:

CELEBRATING PASSOVER AS A CHRISTIAN – THE  SEDER – PART ONE

PASSOVER SEDER FOR CHRISTIAN FAMILIES AND CHURCHES

GRAFTED IN MEANING – JEW AND GENTILE, ONE IN MESSIAH

THE BIBLICAL FESTIVALS

 

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Diane is a wife and mom, a Jewish believer in Yeshua (Jesus) and yes, a blogger. In addition to owning Worth Beyond Rubies, she also co-owns other sites such as Faithful CEOs which helps Christian bloggers and businesses, Hot Flashy Faith which is a site for women over 40 and everything important to them, and Women of Worth Café another site for Christian women with Bible studies, devotions and the Jewish roots of the faith. Diane lives in BEAUTIFUL Northwestern Connecticut and when she is not blogging, you will find her spending time with her husband and kiddos out on their little mini-farm.
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    Harley
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    Harley

    I have never thought about this before! Thank you for sharing.

    Tiff
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    Love this! I actually attended a Messianic church for a few years in college, and loved learning all of the traditions! The history behind our faith helps us understand it more. ?

    Jaclyn
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    Jaclyn

    This is a great explanation! Thank you for sharing!

    Heather @ A Heart of Humility
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    I so enjoyed this and your style of teaching! Thank you! Excited to hear your other teachings in this series!

    Bailey
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    Bailey

    Thank you for teaching on this! Passover is one of my favorite times of the year.

    Sarah @ Freedom is Hers
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    This is great!!! I am slowly learning more about the Jewish Roots of Jesus and it has been transformational to my faith! 🙂

    Sarah
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    Thank you! You have a wonderful way of sharing this, very clear and concise! Our family has observed Passover and the other Biblical Feasts for the past 3 years or so. We’re still learning but it’s already been such a blessing to us. It’s been such an eye opening experience to be able to see Jesus in ALL of the Feasts and how they are all a foreshadowing of a promise that Jesus has (and will) fulfill. They are such a gift. And it’s wonderful to hear about it from those who are Jewish believers too, because you have a… Read more »