THE LORD’S SUPPER EMANATED FROM THE PASSOVER FEAST


My dear Reader, let me take you through some scriptures for you to know why Jesus introduced this Lord’s Supper during His last supper with the disciples. During Christ Jesus’ earthly ministry, all of the feasts of Passover were kept in the normal way until the last time, before His death, when He took UNLEAVENED BREAD and DRINK and blessed them as SYMBOLS for His Body and Blood.

(26) " And as they were eating, Jesus took bread, and blessed it, and brake it, and gave it to the disciples, and said, Take, eat; this is my body. (27) And he took the cup, and gave thanks, and gave it to them, saying, Drink ye all of it; (28) For this is my blood of the new testament, which is shed for many for the remission of sins.” MATT. 26:26-28

The scripture just read above indicates that the use of Bread and Drink as representation of Christ Body and Blood emanated from the Feast of Passover. Do you understand that? Well, consider the very first phrase in the above quotation, "AND AS THEY WERE EATING”, and meditate upon it. Don’t you notice that they were already eating the MEMORIAL PASSOVER MEAL before Jesus blessed the bread and the drink for them as symbols for His body and blood? I hope you now understand this also. They were observing the commemoration of the Passover Meal of Exodus until Christ blessed the Bread and the drink. You and I know that they were eating unleavened Bread with Lamb, since a LAMB is always killed for the preparation of the Passover Meal. But why did Jesus not take some of the Lamb, but rather blessed the Bread for His disciples to represent His body? The reason was just simple. He Jesus knew that there would not be the need for animal sacrifices after His death on the cross. Thus Jesus Christ chose for them the Bread and the drink. Please read EX. 12:1-11, 14-18, and know how this feast came about.

Please don’t forget that before the introduction of these two materials, Christ had publicly declared to His listeners that, He was the Bread of Life and that whoever would not eat His flesh and drink His blood would not have life. His contemporaries that heard Him say all these things were confused and murmured against these sayings. They did not understand that He was talking about the Passover meal.

(47) " Verily, verily, I say unto you, He that believeth on me hath everlasting life. (48) I am that bread of life. (49) Your fathers did eat manna in the wilderness, and are dead. (50) This is the bread which cometh down from heaven, that a man may eat thereof, and not die. (51) I am the living bread which came down from heaven: if any man eat of this bread, he shall live for ever: and the bread that I will give is my flesh, which I will give for the life of the world. (52) The Jews therefore strove among themselves, saying, How can this man give us his flesh to eat? (53) Then Jesus said unto them, Verily, verily, I say unto you, Except ye eat the flesh of the Son of man, and drink his blood, ye have no life in you. (54) Whoso eateth my flesh, and drinketh my blood, hath eternal life; and I will raise him up at the last day. (55) For my flesh is meat indeed, and my blood is drink indeed. (56) He that eateth my flesh, and drinketh my blood, dwelleth in me, and I in him. (57) As the living Father hath sent me, and I live by the Father: so he that eateth me, even he shall live by me. (58) This is that bread which came down from heaven: not as your fathers did eat manna, and are dead: he that eateth of this bread shall live for ever.” JOHN 6:47-58

You see, Christ really knew that whoever observed the feast of Passover in line with the Old Testament scriptures, did eat His body and drink His blood, hence His statement alluded to in the passages above concerning the eating of His body and drinking of His blood respectively. That means whoever ate the Unleavened Bread and drank the drink, symbols of Christ’s Body and Blood would be rewarded with eternal life. This also shows that Jesus was really aware that the celebration of the Passover should continue even after His death forever. Thus He plausibly explained it better to them; since He knew that He was going to give to the world, BREAD AND DRINK as substitution for the materials already used for the Passover observance.
Even prior to this lengthy claim and expository of our Lord Jesus Christ, He summarized everything in that same chapter that He is the one who can quench one’s hunger and thirst.

" And Jesus said unto them, I am the bread of life: he that cometh to me shall never hunger; and he that believeth on me shall never thirst.” JOHN 6:35

So all these assertions above prove why Christ introduced these things to represent He Himself. Better still, the materials introduced, represent the Lamb for the Passover. John the Baptist knew this very well and told his disciples and his listeners twice that Jesus Christ was God’s Lamb that could purge sin away from all humankind.

(29) "The next day John seeth Jesus coming unto him, and saith, Behold the Lamb of God, which taketh away the sin of the world. ………………………… (35) Again the next day after John stood, and two of his disciples; (36) And looking upon Jesus as he walked, he saith, Behold the Lamb of God! (37) And the two disciples heard him speak, and they followed Jesus.” JOHN 1:29, 35-37

The reason why it is reported above that two of John’s disciples deserted him and followed Jesus Christ was the fact that they found Him to be the Lamb of God worthy of cleansing them from their sins. As such they realized that there was no need wasting their time somewhere; where as the true Lamb that could save them, had been found through their own master’s confessions. That is why Andrew, Simon Peter’s brother also became one of the twelve disciples after crossing carpet (that is left John the Baptist and joined Jesus Christ). JOHN 1:40
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