Passover Ends, Communion Begins
Tuesday, November 17th, 2015
Most of us realize that there is a link between Passover and Holy Communion. From the Gospels, we know that the Last Supper which Jesus shared with His disciples was about Himself as the Lamb of God to be sacrificed. Furthermore, it was attested when Jesus was crucified during Passover.
The Apostle Paul added credence to this fact by stating, ‘concerning all the events, ceremonies and celebrations of the OT, ‘these are a shadow of the things that were to come, the reality however, is found in Christ.’
When the Bible talks about New Covenant, it makes an impression that the promises of God have a continuous effect on the believers until Christ returns. Such conception of faith is depicted during the Lord’s Supper when the Passover meal ended and the Communion of the disciples began on the eve of Christ’s crucification. This is to affirm that the covenant of promise made by Jesus continues until He returns.
In Exodus 6: 6-7, we identify 4 promises (4 cups of wine) that are always remembered and celebrated during the Passover that leads to the culmination of Communion of Christ with His disciples.
6 Therefore say to the children of Israel: ‘I am the Lord; I will bring you out from under the burdens of the Egyptians, I will rescue you from their bondage, and I will redeem you with an outstretched arm and with great judgments. 7 I will take you as My people, and I will be your God. Then you shall know that I am the Lord your God who brings you out from under the burdens of the Egyptians.
1. Remembrance of Separation
The Lord fulfilled His promise to bring His people out from the burden of the world. Just like the Israelites were separated from the burdens of the Egyptians, we too have been separated from the ownership of Satan to God. We are separated from sinners and made righteous children of God by faith in the Gospel of the water and Spirit. This occurs when we are baptized (identified) by faith into Christ at the River Jordan. Born out of the Adamic nature and now we are united in the baptism with Christ in order to be cleansed and separated from the condemnation of the world.
2. Remembrance of Deliverance
The Lord has rescued us from the bondage and slavery of Satan. The Lord has set us free from the power of sin, death and the world by offering His flesh and blood. We celebrate His victory for us through His baptism, death and resurrection.
3. Remembrance of Redemption
The Lord has redeemed us from the curse of the law by becoming our atoning sacrifice on the cross. Now we are sealed with the Holy Spirit of promise, Who is the guarantee of our inheritance until the full redemption and our acquiring of the glorified body. The Holy Communion is a celebration of hope and to the praise of His glory Who provided our ransom from eternal penalty for sin.
4. Remembrance of Consummation
The Lord has promised to fulfill when He declared that, ‘I will take you to me.’ This is what happens when two people get married. The bride is taken to the groom, they are together. The 3rd and the 4th promises of remembrance of the Passover cum Communion are the betrothal and wedding promises of the New Covenants. Today we are living in the betrothal period of the New Covenant. We are now living in the period between the 3rd and the 4th promises of the Passover cum Communion. As the bride of Christ, we are waiting eagerly for the Groom to take us to heaven to consummate and celebrate our intimacy.
This is the key to why the Scriptures command that we spend our time on earth while participating in the Communion with a heart that earnestly seeks for His Second Coming.
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