Summary: God commanded in Exodus 12 that this day be remembered. Passover is the celebration of the day of deliverance of the Israelites. It’s the day God delivered His people out of the slavery of Egypt.
While people are getting their seats have Jewish music playing in the background.
Introduction to Passover Service:
God commanded in Exodus 12 that this day be remembered. Passover is the celebration of the day of deliverance of the Israelites. It’s the day God delivered His people out of the slavery of Egypt.
The word “Passover” describes how the death angel passed over the Israelites who had Lamb’s blood smeared on their doorposts and struck down the first born of all the Egyptians. It was the worst plague. It came on Egypt because Pharaoh, the Egyptian ruler, would not let God’s people go free.
Jesus celebrated this event the night he was betrayed in the room with His disciples. We find this scene in Matthew 26:14-30: (Music in background during the reading).
The Holy Bible, New International Version
Matthew 26:14 (NIV)
14Then one of the Twelve—the one called Judas Iscariot—went to the chief priests
Matthew 26:15 (NIV)
15and asked, “What are you willing to give me if I hand him over to you?” So they counted out for him thirty silver coins.
Matthew 26:16 (NIV)
16From then on Judas watched for an opportunity to hand him over.
Matthew 26:17 (NIV)
17On the first day of the Feast of Unleavened Bread, the disciples came to Jesus and asked, “Where do you want us to make preparations for you to eat the Passover?”
Matthew 26:18 (NIV)
18He replied, “Go into the city to a certain man and tell him, ‘The Teacher says: My appointed time is near. I am going to celebrate the Passover with my disciples at your house.’”
Matthew 26:19 (NIV)
19So the disciples did as Jesus had directed them and prepared the Passover.
Matthew 26:20 (NIV)
20When evening came, Jesus was reclining at the table with the Twelve.
Matthew 26:21 (NIV)
21And while they were eating, he said, “I tell you the truth, one of you will betray me.”
Matthew 26:22 (NIV)
22They were very sad and began to say to him one after the other, “Surely not I, Lord?”
Matthew 26:23 (NIV)
23Jesus replied, “The one who has dipped his hand into the bowl with me will betray me.
Matthew 26:24 (NIV)
24The Son of Man will go just as it is written about him. But woe to that man who betrays the Son of Man! It would be better for him if he had not been born.”
Matthew 26:25 (NIV)
25Then Judas, the one who would betray him, said, “Surely not I, Rabbi?”
Jesus answered, “Yes, it is you.”£
Matthew 26:26 (NIV)
26While they were eating, Jesus took bread, gave thanks and broke it, and gave it to his disciples, saying, “Take and eat; this is my body.”
Matthew 26:27 (NIV)
27Then he took the cup, gave thanks and offered it to them, saying, “Drink from it, all of you.
Matthew 26:28 (NIV)
28This is my blood of the£ covenant, which is poured out for many for the forgiveness of sins.
Matthew 26:29 (NIV)
29I tell you, I will not drink of this fruit of the vine from now on until that day when I drink it anew with you in my Father’s kingdom.”
Matthew 26:30 (NIV)
30When they had sung a hymn, they went out to the Mount of Olives.
All Christians today celebrate Communion- Jesus instructed us to continue to do this to remember the price He was going to pay for our sins. The price would be paid with His body being broken represented by the cracker and by the shedding of His blood represented in the juice.