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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.

Passover Service

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.

The object lesson discovered in a “Passover Service” to Christians is that it shows and reminds us how God delivered us out of bondage of sin and set us free through His sacrifice.

Step One: At your table you need to choose a mother and a father.

Step Two: Bedikath Chamatz (Searching for leaven)

When God commanded the children of Israel to leave Egypt, He commanded them to eat only unleavened bread with the Passover meal Exodus 12:19,20:

9For seven days no yeast is to be found in your houses. And whoever eats anything with yeast in it must be cut off from the community of Israel, whether he is an alien or native-born. 20Eat nothing made with yeast. Wherever you live, you must eat unleavened bread.”

The Bible declares that the leaven is a symbol for sin. With the destruction of

the Temple, the unleavened bread became the substitute for the Passover Lamb sacrifice to cleanse of sin, this lamb was to be perfect, without spot or blemish.

Our Messiah, Jesus, made the unleavened bread a symbol of His own sacrifice for our sins. Concerning the leaven it is written I Corinthians 5:7,8:

Get rid of the old yeast that you may be a new batch without yeast—as you really are. For Christ, our Passover lamb, has been sacrificed. 8Therefore let us keep the Festival, not with the old yeast, the yeast of malice and wickedness, but with bread without yeast, the bread of sincerity and truth.

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