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Passover Service 2

The Christian Passover

Ex. 13:3 (NAS95S) ¶ Moses said to the people, “Remember this day in which you went out from Egypt, from the house of  slavery; for  by  a powerful hand the Lord brought you out from this place.  And nothing leavened shall be eaten.

Christians throughout the world will be keeping Passover in the evening of March 30th. The word that God uses is “remember.”  He told the children of Israel that Passover was a memorial for them to observe each year. This year, according to US Naval Observatory, Passover begins on the evening of March 30nd – and ends on the April 7.

And Christians eat unleavened bread every day during the Days of Unleavened Bread.  Leavening (yeast) is found in bread, cake, and most anything made from dough.  Often crumbs insidiously find their way into hidden spots in the house.  Christians make sure that their houses are cleansed of leavening.

How important does God consider Passover?  He let the children of Israel languish in Egypt some 400 years until the right Passover came along to free them from the slavery of idolatry.  On that fateful night, the angel of death passed over all the faithful who sacrificed the unblemished lamb and put its blood around the lintels of their doors.  He then told the children of Israel to have a remembrance of that Passover each year.

And, Our Father in Heaven made Jesus our sacrificial lamb on Passover. Our Father in Heaven actually planned our world with the Holy Days in mind.

Gen. 1:14 ¶ Then God said, “Let there be lights in the expanse of the heavens to separate the day from the night, and let them be for signs and for seasons (Hebrew, Holy Days) and for days and years;)

Ex. 12:6 ‘You shall keep it until the fourteenth day of the same month, then the whole assembly of the congregation of Israel is to kill it at twilight.
Ex. 12:7 ‘Moreover, they shall take some of the blood and put it on the two doorposts and on the lintel of the houses in which they eat it.
Ex. 12:8 ‘They shall eat the flesh that same night, roasted with fire, and they shall eat it with unleavened bread and bitter herbs.

Ex. 12:27 you shall say, ‘It is a Passover sacrifice to the LORD who passed over the houses of the sons of Israel in Egypt when He smote the Egyptians, but spared our homes.’” And the people bowed low and worshiped.
Ex. 12:28 ¶ Then the sons of Israel went and did so; just as the LORD had commanded Moses and Aaron, so they did.
Ex. 12:29 ¶ Now it came about at midnight that the LORD struck all the firstborn in the land of Egypt, from the firstborn of Pharaoh who sat on his throne to the firstborn of the captive who was in the dungeon, and all the firstborn of cattle.

Ex. 12:14 ¶ ‘Now this day will be a memorial to you, and you shall celebrate it as a feast to the LORD; throughout your generations you are to celebrate it as a permanent ordinance.
Ex. 12:15 ‘Seven days you shall eat unleavened bread, but on the first day you shall remove leaven from your houses; for whoever eats anything leavened from the first day until the seventh day, that person shall be cut off from Israel.
Ex. 12:16 ‘On the first day you shall have a holy assembly, and another holy assembly on the seventh day; no work at all shall be done on them, except what must be eaten by every person, that alone may be prepared by you.
Ex. 12:17 ‘You shall also observe the Feast of Unleavened Bread, for on this very day I brought your hosts out of the land of Egypt; therefore you shall observe this day throughout your generations as a permanent ordinance.
Ex. 12:18 ‘In the first month, on the fourteenth day of the month at evening, you shall eat unleavened bread, until the twenty-first day of the month at evening.
Ex. 12:19 ‘Seven days there shall be no leaven found in your houses; for whoever eats what is leavened, that person shall be cut off from the congregation of Israel, whether he is an alien or a native of the land.
Ex. 12:20 ‘You shall not eat anything leavened; in all your dwellings you shall eat unleavened bread.’”

Several millennia later, Jesus kept that memorial.  Jesus changed, certain aspects of the memorial such as wine instead of blood and bread instead of flesh.  We all know the history.  On that Passover evening, Jesus told the apostles, in so many words, to keep the new covenant Memorial.  Later Paul reminded Christians about the importance of continuing to keep the memorial.

The church is required to keep the Passover every year at the appointed time.  1Corinthians 5:7, 8 tells us to celebrate the feast [of Passover].  First Corinthians 11: 27 – 29 gives Christians the proper attitude in taking the Passover.  Each of the Gospels talks about Jesus’ keeping the Passover. As Christians, the followers of Christ, we can also keep the Passover as Jesus and the early church did.  To repeat, the church can keep the Passover every year at the appointed time.

1Cor. 5:7 Clean out the old leaven so that you may be a new lump, just as you are in fact unleavened. For Christ our Passover also has been sacrificed.
1Cor. 5:8 Therefore let us celebrate the feast, not with old leaven, nor with the leaven of malice and wickedness, but with the unleavened bread of sincerity and truth.

1Cor. 11:23 ¶ For I received from the Lord that which I also delivered to you, that the Lord Jesus in the night in which He was betrayed took bread;
1Cor. 11:24 and when He had given thanks, He broke it and said, “This is My body, which is for you; do this in remembrance of Me.”
1Cor. 11:25 In the same way He took the cup also after supper, saying, “This cup is the new covenant in My blood; do this, as often as you drink it, in remembrance of Me.”
1Cor. 11:26 For as often as you eat this bread and drink the cup, you proclaim the Lord’s death until He comes.
1Cor. 11:27 ¶ Therefore whoever eats the bread or drinks the cup of the Lord in an unworthy manner (not on Passover, see, 1 Cor 5:8 below), shall be guilty of the body and the blood of the Lord.
1Cor. 11:28 But a man must examine himself, and in so doing he is to eat of the bread and drink of the cup.
1Cor. 11:29 For he who eats and drinks, eats and drinks judgment to himself if he does not judge the body rightly.
1Cor. 11:30 For this reason many among you are weak and sick, and a number sleep.

There are three parts to keeping the Passover. The reading of the relevant scriptures below should precede each activity.

First:

Jesus washed the apostles feet and told them to follow his example. Christians, as well, wash and dry each other’s feet.

John 13:5 Then He poured water into the basin, and began to wash the disciples’ feet and to wipe them with the towel with which He was girded.
John 13:6 So He came to Simon Peter. He *said to Him, “Lord, do You wash my feet?”
John 13:7 Jesus answered and said to him, “What I do you do not realize now, but you will understand hereafter.”
John 13:8 Peter *said to Him, “Never shall You wash my feet!” Jesus answered him, “If I do not wash you, you have no part with Me.”
John 13:9 Simon Peter *said to Him, “Lord, then wash not only my feet, but also my hands and my head.”
John 13:10 Jesus said to him, “He who has bathed needs only to wash his feet, but is completely clean; and you are clean, but not all of you.”
John 13:11 For He knew the one who was betraying Him; for this reason He said, “Not all of you are clean.”
John 13:12 ¶ So when He had washed their feet, and taken His garments and reclined at the table again, He said to them, “Do you know what I have done to you?
John 13:13 “You call Me Teacher and Lord; and you are right, for so I am.
John 13:14 “If I then, the Lord and the Teacher, washed your feet, you also ought to wash one another’s feet.
John 13:15 “For I gave you an example that you also should do as I did to you.

Second:

Jesus broke bread, blessed it and gave it to his apostles.  Then he told his apostles to do this in remembrance of him. The leader of the group or the pastor must pray to Our Father in Heaven to bless the bread and also give thanksgiving.

Matt. 26:26 ¶ While they were eating, Jesus took some bread, and after a blessing, He broke it and gave it to the disciples, and said, “Take, eat; this is My body.”

Mark 14:22 ¶ While they were eating, He took some bread, and after a blessing He broke it, and gave it to them, and said, “Take it; this is My body.”

Luke 22:19 And when He had taken some bread and given thanks, He broke it and gave it to them, saying, “This is My body which is given for you; do this in remembrance of Me.”

1Cor. 11:23 ¶ For I received from the Lord that which I also delivered to you, that the Lord Jesus in the night in which He was betrayed took bread;
1Cor. 11:24 and when He had given thanks, He broke it and said, “This is My body, which is for you; do this in remembrance of Me.”

Note: Jesus changed not the feast of Passover but the substances used in the feast — his flesh represented by the bread (we are not cannibals who eat human flesh). And, the blood of the lamb for the lintels of the entrance to the house is replaced by Jesus’ blood represented by wine, which goes around the human lintels to a human’s entrance to him, the mouth.

1Cor. 10:16 Is not the cup of blessing which we bless a sharing in the blood of Christ? Is not the bread which we break a sharing in the body of Christ?
1Cor. 10:17 Since there is one bread, we who are many are one body; for we all partake of the one bread.

Third:

Jesus took wine, blessed it, and gave it to his disciples.  The Paul says to drink the wine [on Passover] in remembrance of Jesus. The leader or pastor of the fellowship prays for the wine to be blessed and for thanksgiving.

Matt. 26:27 And when He had taken a cup and given thanks, He gave it to them, saying, “Drink from it, all of you;
Matt. 26:28 for this is My blood of the covenant, which is poured out for many for forgiveness of sins.
Matt. 26:29 “But I say to you, I will not drink of this fruit of the vine from now on until that day when I drink it new with you in My Father’s kingdom.”

Mark 14:23 And when He had taken a cup and given thanks, He gave it to them, and they all drank from it.
Mark 14:24 And He said to them, “This is My blood of the covenant, which is poured out for many.
Mark 14:25 “Truly I say to you, I will never again drink of the fruit of the vine until that day when I drink it new in the kingdom of God.”

Luke 22:15 And He said to them, “I have earnestly desired to eat this Passover with you before I suffer;
Luke 22:16 for I say to you, I shall never again eat it until it is fulfilled in the kingdom of God.”
Luke 22:17 And when He had taken a cup and given thanks, He said, “Take this and share it among yourselves;
Luke 22:18 for I say to you, I will not drink of the fruit of the vine from now on until the kingdom of God comes.”

1Cor. 11:25 In the same way He took the cup also after supper, saying, “This cup is the new covenant in My blood; do this, as often as you drink it, in remembrance of Me.”
1Cor. 11:26 For as often as you eat this bread and drink the cup, you proclaim the Lord’s death until He comes.

Some Christian groups also sing a hymn at the end of the rite.

Matt. 26:30 ¶ After singing a hymn, they went out to the Mount of Olives.
Mark 14:26 ¶ After singing a hymn, they went out to the Mount of Olives

Amen

Gil Kovacs, Pastor

Sabbath Christian Church, 

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