Summary: A sermon on how Jesus fulfilled the Passover Feast in every detail. Used for communion service.
CHRIST OUR PASSOVER
John 6:53, “Then Jesus said to them, “Most assuredly, I say to you, unless you eat the flesh of the Son of Man and drink His blood, you have no life in you. 54 Whoever eats My flesh and drinks My blood has eternal life, and I will raise him up at the last day. 55 For My flesh is food indeed, and My blood is drink indeed. 56 He who eats My flesh and drinks My blood abides in Me, and I in him. 57 As the living Father sent Me, and I live because of the Father, so he who feeds on Me will live because of Me. 58 This is the bread which came down from heaven—not as your fathers ate the manna, and are dead. He who eats this bread will live forever.”
Lk. 22:14 “When the hour came, Jesus and his apostles reclined at the table. 15 And he said to them, “I have eagerly desired to eat this Passover with you before I suffer. 16 For I tell you, I will not eat it again until it finds fulfillment in the kingdom of God.” 17 After taking the cup, he gave thanks and said, “Take this and divide it among you. 18 For I tell you I will not drink again from the fruit of the vine until the kingdom of God comes.” 19 And he took bread, gave thanks and broke it, and gave it to them, saying, “This is my body given for you; do this in remembrance of me.”20 In the same way, after the supper he took the cup, saying, “This cup is the new covenant in my blood, which is poured out for you.”
That night, Jesus and His apostles shared an early Passover.
Paul said in 1 Corinthians 5:7, “Purge out therefore the old leaven, that ye may be a new lump, as ye are unleavened. For even Christ our Passover is sacrificed for us…”
The Passover Rules: An unblemished lamb. Chosen on the tenth day, and killed on the 14th day of the month Nisan (4 days). It must be slaughtered between the evenings. It must be eaten with unleavened bread and bitter herbs. It must be killed in Jerusalem. No bones of the lamb are to be broken. It could not see corruption (had to be burned or eaten).
From the Great fall of Adam to Abraham was two thousand years. From Abraham to Jesus were two thousand years. Choose the lamb on the tenth day, slay it on the fourteenth… Jesus was slain on the four thousandth year.
Mal. 4:2, “But unto you that fear my name shall the Sun of righteousness arise with healing in his wings (Kanaph).”
Wing, extremity, edge, winged, border, corner, shirt, extremity skirt, corner (of garment)
“But the sun of righteousness shall arise with healing in the fringes [of his garment]”
When was the sun created? The fourth day.
Mat. 9: 20, “And, behold, a woman, which was diseased with an issue of blood twelve years, came behind him, and touched the hem of his garment: 21For she said within herself, If I may but touch his garment, I shall be whole. 22But Jesus turned him about, and when he saw her, he said, Daughter, be of good comfort; thy faith hath made thee whole. And the woman was made whole from that hour.”
He came on the fourth day, the 4,000th year, with healing in the corners of His garments.
Let us turn our attention to the events which led up to the crucifixion.
Six days before the Passover (8th of Nisan), Jesus arrived in Bethany. At this time he was a hunted man. Ever since the resurrection of Lazarus a few days prior, the Jewish leadership was plotting to put Jesus to death.
John 12:1-4 – “Then, six days before the Passover, Jesus came to Bethany, where Lazarus was who had been dead, whom He had raised from the dead. There they made Him a supper; and Martha served, but Lazarus was one of those who sat at the table with Him. Then Mary took a pound of very costly oil of spikenard, anointed the feet of Jesus, and wiped His feet with her hair. And the house will filled with the fragrance of the oil.”
This is interesting when we read in Leviticus about the grain, or meat offering, which was often baked as bread.
Lev. 2:1“ ‘When anyone brings a grain offering to the Lord, their offering is to be of the finest flour. They are to pour olive oil on it, put incense on it 2and take it to Aaron’s sons the priests. The priest shall take a handful of the flour and oil, together with all the incense, and burn this as a memorial portion on the altar, a food offering, an aroma pleasing to the Lord…4“ ‘If you bring a grain offering baked in an oven, it is to consist of the finest flour: either thick loaves made without yeast and with olive oil mixed in or thin loaves made without yeast and brushed with olive oil. 5If your grain offering is prepared on a griddle, it is to be made of the finest flour mixed with oil, and without yeast. 6Crumble it and pour oil on it; it is a grain offering. 7If your grain offering is cooked in a pan, it is to be made of the finest flour and some olive oil. 8Bring the grain offering made of these things to the Lord; present it to the priest, who shall take it to the altar.”