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Your Passover Lamb

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Jesus came to be the true Lamb of God sacrificed to protect us from the Destroyer and thus fulfill the Passover.  However, He also fulfilled the Passover not only as the true Lamb of God, but also fulfilled it in the Lord’s Supper.

The celebration of the Passover required 5 elements.   First there was the lamb which was to be eaten (Exodus 12:3-6), which was fulfilled with Jesus – “Take, eat. This is my Body” (Matthew 26:26).  Here we see that Jesus, the true Passover Lamb is given for us to eat.

Then there was (Exodus 12:8; 14-15) the unleavened bread, which Jesus connected to His body in the Lord’s Supper. Therefore, He joined these two elements of the lamb and the unleavened bread.  What is especially telling is that one of the reasons that the bread was to be unleavened is that leaven in the Bible is almost always used as an image of corruption.  Therefore the bread was to be uncorrupted, or unleavened.  This takes us to Jesus, who was wholly uncorrupted, without sin, or blemish.

Next, there were the bitter herbs (Exodus 12:8), which symbolized mourning and Jesus dipped the bread into these and gave them to Judas (John 13:21-30).  Jesus truly lived this bitterness out, as we see Him sweating as with drops of blood in the Garden of Gethsemane and He prepared for His passion, which happened right after He instituted the Lord’s Supper.  We do not include bitter herbs now, because we know that Jesus took all the bitterness of our sin upon Himself.

The Passover was also to include a remembrance of God’s works (Exodus 13:6-8; 14-15) and Jesus commanded us to do the Sacrament “In remembrance of me” (1 Corinthians 11:26).  When the Bible speaks of remembrance, it is not just saying to remember what happened as an exercise in history, rather the remembrance of the Passover is meant to tell the next generation that the story of the Passover is your story.  This history is your history; this reality is your reality.  Therefore this is not an exercise in memory; rather it is a remembrance of inclusion.  Therefore it is not for us to remember that Jesus died, but rather it is including us into His death and making it ours.

Finally the Passover was to involve the blood of the lamb (Exodus 12:5-7), and here we are reminded that Jesus said “Drink of it, all of you, for this is my blood of the covenant, which is poured out for many for the forgiveness of sins” (Matthew 26:27-28).  His blood is given to us as the sign of protection on the doorposts of our hearts.  His blood is what seals us and protects us from God’s wrath and saves our lives for all eternity.

Therefore, when we as Christians celebrate the Lord’s Supper, we are in fact celebrating Jesus’ completion and perfection of the Passover.  He is sealing us with His body and blood.  He is including us into His story.  He is taking our bitterness upon Himself, and giving us in place of it, His uncorrupted presence.

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