Passover Speech

Today is the feast of the Passover. It is important to know what this day is all about, the reasons why the Israelites formerly kept this day and why we still keep it today. God saved the Israelites from slave bondage in Egypt about 4,000 years ago. In order to free them, God sent a final 10th plague on the land of Egypt that every 1st born male was to die on the night of the 14th in the 1st month. In order to protect his people from this devastating plague, God commanded his people to kill a lamb and shed its blood over the door post of their home. The death angel would come through the land and kill every 1st born male, but if the blood of a lamb was seen on the door post, the death angel would PASS OVER that home and spare the life of the 1st born male. When this night came to pass, there was devastation throughout the land. The Egyptian Pharaoh gave in and finally allowed the Israelites to be set free. The Passover was observed every year from that day forward as a memorial of what God did to save his people. 

But the passover observance reveals a deeper significance. It was a type and a shadow of the true reality that would soon come. God taught his people through the holy prophets that there would come a Redeemer to free them from the eternal death that resulted from their sins. And then as promised and foretold, God sent his only begotten son into the world to fulfill the types of the passover as the lamb of God. The perfect life and example that he lived was counted as the perfect eternal sacrifice for sins of all the world. Jesus died on the cross to atone for our sins about 2000 years ago. The passover the Israelites kept pointed to Jesus, the true lamb of God. 

Now the night before Jesus died, he had a special passover meal with his disciples to establish a new and better covenant. After the meal Jesus began to wash the feet of all his disciples to show an example of humble servitude toward others. He then broke off a piece of unleavened bread, which represents a body of no sin, and he told his disciples to eat of the bread. He told them that this represents his broken body that died on the cross. Eating this bread is the eating and partaking of the sacrificed passover lamb. He then took a cup of wine and he told his disciples that this wine is the blood of the new covenant. It represents his shed blood on the cross. It represents the blood of the lamb on the door post. When we drink of the cup of his blood, we are covered with it so that when the judgment of God comes we will be passed over. We will live and not die. Jesus told his disciples to eat of the bread of his body and drink the cup of his blood every year at passover in remembrance of him. Notice the words of Jesus:

I am the bread of life. Your ancestors ate the manna in the wilderness, yet they died. But here is the bread that comes down from heaven, which anyone may eat and not die. I am the living bread that came down from heaven. Whoever eats this bread will live forever. This bread is my flesh, which I will give for the life of the world.” Then the Jews began to argue sharply among themselves, “How can this man give us his flesh to eat?” Jesus said to them, “Very truly I tell you, unless you eat the flesh of the Son of Man and drink his blood, you have no life in you. Whoever eats my flesh and drinks my blood has eternal life, and I will raise them up at the last day. John 6:48-54

We now celebrate this day as a memorial just as the Israelites did. Not a memorial of being freed from slavery in Egypt, but a memorial of what Jesus did for us. Jesus freed us from the death penalty that our sins required. We are set free from the bondage of sin by Jesus's shed blood on the cross. His blood covers us and atones for our sin so that we may live for all eternity in God's soon coming Kingdom. The church is the bride of Christ, and Jesus is the bridegroom. We will have a marriage supper when the Kingdom of God comes. Today we can live betrothed to Christ, which means to be engaged for a future marriage. By taking of the bread and drinking of the wine, we accept this betrothal. We commit our lives to Christ Jesus and accept by faith what he did for us on the cross as our passover lamb.
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