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Jesus the Passover Lamb – Understanding Passover for Christian Families

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As a Christian, have you ever wondered about the origins of communion? Most of us know that Jesus broke the bread and drank from the cup, gave them to His disciples and told them to do the same 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 communion really represents as we explore this element of Passover for Christian families.

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Jesus the Passover Lamb

Many people tend to think of Passover as “just a Jewish holiday”, and it is that. 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 by looking at the elements and how they became the origin of the Christian communion!

Passover is a beautiful picture of the Messiah, Yeshua! Jesus the Passover Lamb 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. Jesus, a Jew, celebrated the Passover Seder in the upper room.

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 we (I am a Jewish believer) 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 the Passover Lamb 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’.


While Passover IS in fact a Jewish festival, God commanded that ALL who dwell with the Hebrews to observe it. 

All who desire to observe this festival were welcomed to be circumcised and partake of it. While many Christians have not observed the B’rit Milah or ritual circumcision of the Israelites, the Bible DOES state in Deuteronomy 10:15-17:

Yet the Lord set his heart in love on your fathers and chose their offspring after them, you above all peoples, as you are this day. Circumcise therefore the foreskin of your heart, and be no longer stubborn. For the Lord your God is God of gods and Lord of lords, the great, the mighty, and the awesome God, who is not partial and takes no bribe.

If you worship the God of Abraham, Isaac and Jacob, remember that He is not partial. God is more concerned with the condition of our hearts, and this is stated time and time again in scripture. David, an adulterer and murderer, was called a man after God’s own heart.

Our God is the God of all who will turn to Him and serve Him.

And Jesus the Passover Lamb, the Lamb without spot or blemish, has sprinkled His own blood on the doorposts of our hearts so that the angel of death passes over all who believe, the Jew first and then the Greek.

Romans 1:16:

For I am not ashamed of the gospel of Christ: for it is the power of God unto salvation to every one that believeth; to the Jew first, and also to the Greek. KJV

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Jesus the Passover Lamb – Audio Message

 

Transcript of audio for the hearing impaired can be downloaded here.


 

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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22 thoughts on “Jesus the Passover Lamb – Understanding Passover for Christian Families”

  1. 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. ?

  2. 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 different perspective than those Christians who grew up not even realizing the significance of the Feasts.

    Thank you again for sharing! Pinning. 🙂

    1. Thank you Sarah! It always makes me happy to hear about people celebrating the festivals in their own home! It, as you said, is really a blessing!

  3. Thank you for this, Diane! I so appreciate your viewpoint on the Passover and all things Easter. I hope this COVID-19 doesn’t mess up our Easter!

    Pinned.

    Thank you for linking up at InstaEncouragements!

  4. Hey Diane, Once at the end of a ladies Bible study at our church and before Easter, we decided to make and have the traditional elements at Passover Sedar. It was really interesting.

  5. Where in the Scriptures does it say that Passover is a jewish festival? I am only aware that in the Scriptures God calls them HIS festivals, not the festivals of the Jews.

    1. Hi Heather. To clarify, what I said was that many people think of it as JUST a Jewish holiday and it is BUT it is more than that and I state it is a Biblical festival. So I’m a little unclear about your question. As a Jew, it IS in fact part of Jewish culture but the post goes into how it is a festival of the Lord. God bless

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