The Passover and Communion Connection

In Exodus 12 :14 God told the Israelites to never forget the Lord’s Passover and to keep it as a feast throughout all their generations.  The Lord’s Passover was that day in Egypt when He saw the blood on the doorposts of their houses and passed over them so that the plague He was about to bring upon the land would not come upon them to destroy them. Consequently, Passover has been and continues to be observed every year by the Jewish people all over the world as a commemorative command of perpetual obligation. 


The night Jesus was betrayed He shared a Passover meal with His disciples and began to unveil the hidden treasure in Exodus and the feast they had celebrated every year from the time of their birth. Matthew 26:26-28 says "And as they were eating, Jesus took bread, blessed and broke it, and gave it to His disciples saying, "Take, eat; this is my body."  Then He took the cup and gave thanks and gave it to them saying, “Drink from it, all of you.  For this is My blood of the new covenant, which is shed for many for the remission of sins.”   


At this precise moment, Jesus disclosed His identity which had been hidden in the First Covenant and He ratified the Second Covenant, prophesied in Jeremiah 31:31-34.  Jesus not only told His disciples that He was the Lamb of God but He told them that He was the same Lamb spoken of in Chapter 12 of Exodus.  The particular instruction He gave at dinner, today referred to as Communion, reminded them that the Lamb had to be killed and eaten and its blood had to be applied in order for the sacrifice to be made personal.  Jesus told them that He was not only the Passover Lamb whose life was given to redeem them from the slavery of man but He was the Lamb of God who came to deliver them from the slavery of sin.  On that night when celebrating the feast and sharing fellowship and food with His disciples, Jesus fulfilled the Passover meal! 


Bringing all of this to today, Jewish and non-Jewish people who believe in Jesus and receive Him as the Christ/Messiah are all passed over by the destroyer and spared of destruction because He was and is the Lamb slain once for all.  The blood of this innocent man and second person of the Godhead, God Himself, is seen on the doorpost of every believer’s heart.  In and through the observance of Communion, partaking of the unleavened bread (representing the Lamb's flesh) and of the wine (representing the Lamb's blood), all true followers of Christ can now recognize and realize the full significance of the event of The Lord’s Passover and all that it foreshadowed.  


go back