THE Lord said to Moses and Aaron in the land of Egypt, “…And you shall observe the Feast of Unleavened Bread, for on this very day have I brought your hosts out of the land of Egypt; therefore shall you observe this day throughout your generations as an ordinance forever.”
Exodus 12:1 & 17 (The Amplified Bible, Classic Edition)
If you are wondering what a Jewish Feast has to do with you, then you need to read the previous article in this series in which the significance of the Passover was highlighted firstly as being beneficial to both God and man. Today, we are exploring the second thing to note about the Passover, which is that God gave an everlasting decree for the yearly celebration of the Passover (and Feast of Unleavened bread – more on this later). This was so they would never forget where God brought them from – slavery and oppression.
It is important to note that it was only the eating of unleavened bread (which is basically bread without yeast) that was to be part of the yearly festival; there was no need for a lamb to be sacrificed again. This was to remind them that their initial sacrifice in Egypt still stands. And for us as believers, this signifies what Jesus the Christ was going to do for all mankind – save us, once and for all (John 1:29).
Now we must understand that it is not the unleavened bread that saved the Israelite households from death but the Passover Lamb; so as Christians, it is not taking the communion that saves and sanctifies us but Jesus, our eternal Passover Lamb. Jesus, the King of Kings laid down His life so that we could be free from the clutches of sin and become kings in God’s Kingdom. When we take the communion, we do it in remembrance of Christ and what He has done for us and receive afresh all the benefits of His Saving Grace.
Now as they were eating, Jesus took bread, and after He blessed it, He broke it and gave it to the disciples, and said, “Take, eat; this is my body.” And he took a cup, and when he had given thanks he gave it to them, saying, “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. I tell you I will not drink again of this fruit of the vine until that day when I drink it new with you in my Father’s kingdom.”
Matthew 26:26 – 29 (ESV)
Jesus made the statements above during the week of the Passover, just before He laid down His life for us on the cross. He was about to establish a new covenant between God and humanity, freeing us from the condemnation of the law brought through Moses and into righteousness with God. Through His sacrifice on the cross and His victorious resurrection, immortality broke into mortality, eternity resonated into our existence – and nothing could remain the same. The communion is more than a religious task, it echoes a life-transforming truth – Jesus makes all things new.
- Thank God for the sacrifice of Jesus Christ, open up your heart to receive by faith His saving Grace in any aspect of your life you really need to experience it in. If you feel led, take the communion.
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