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Christ Our Passover Part 2

Christ our Passover Part 2

I’m sure you’ve all heard of Leonardo Da Vinci. He could write with one hand and draw with the other at the same time. I can do this too! As long as you don't mind truly illegible handwriting or that what I drew is unrecognizable!

What paintings come to mind when I say Leonardo Da Vinci? … Well of course the Mona Lisa probably came up first… but what comes up 2nd? “The Last Supper”. It’s truly a recognizable painting! Da Vinci painted around 1495 as part of the renovation of a church. The Last Supper represents the PASSOVER meal that J shared with His aPassoverstles.

Here’s an interesting side note. In order to catch the angles that seem to invite the observer to step into the dramatic scene, da Vinci used a hammer and nail. He then tied a string to the nail to help guide the proper perspective. As we approach what is known as Good Friday, let’s remember that it was a hammer and nails that invites us into a new perspective of our salvation and relationship with God!

Now, in the painting, Leonardo tried to portray the emotional facial responses of the 12 disciples after Jesus dropped a bombshell during the Last Supper. We read about this in:

Mt 26:20-25 NIV When evening came, Jesus was reclining at the table with the Twelve. And while they were eating, he said, "I tell you the truth, one of you will betray me." They were very sad and began to say to him one after the other, "Surely not I, Lord?" Jesus replied, "The one who has dipped his hand into the bowl with me will betray me. 24 The 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." Then Judas, the one who would betray him, said, "Surely not I, Rabbi?" Jesus answered, "Yes, it is you."

It was at the Last Supper, the PASSOVER meal or Seder, that Jesus established our tradition of the Lord’s Supper . We continue in: Mt 26:26-30 NIV While they were eating, Jesus took bread, [matzoh] gave thanks and broke it, and gave it to his disciples, saying, "Take and eat; this is my body." Then he took the cup, gave thanks and offered it to them, saying, "Drink from it, all of you. This is my blood of the covenant, which is poured out for many for the forgiveness of sins. I 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." When they had sung a hymn, they went out to the Mount of Olives.

Matzoh, also called the bread of affliction, is a major element of Passover. In the rush to leave Egypt, there wasn’t time to allow bread to rise, so God commanded the Hebrews to make it w/o leavening or yeast. It’s a simple mixture of flour and water.

Even today, the mixture is baked over a high heat so the matzoh is bruised by burn spots. It’s pierced with a sharp tool to prevent it puffing up with air bubbles. and as it bakes, darkened lines or stripes develop. The Passover bread of affliction is the imagery of what Christ went through on our behalf, as described by Scripture itself. In Jn 6:35, Jesus himself said "I am the bread of life”.

In Psalm 22, King David’s prophecy tells of Jesus’ crucifixion, and of having His hands and feet pierced. Let’s read some portions:

Ps 22:1- NIV My God, my God, why have you forsaken me? Why are you so far from saving me, so far from the words of my groaning? O my God, I cry out by day, but you do not answer, by night, and am not silent. Yet you are enthroned as the Holy One; You are the praise of Israel. 6 But I am a worm and not a man, scorned by men and despised by the people. All who see me mock me; they hurl insults, shaking their heads: "He trusts in the Lord; let the Lord rescue him. Let him deliver him, since he delights in him." 14 I am poured out like water, and all my bones are out of joint. My heart has turned to wax; it has melted away within me. My strength is dried up like a potsherd, and my tongue sticks to the roof of my mouth; you lay me in the dust of death. 16 Dogs have surrounded me; a band of evil men has encircled me, they have pierced my hands and my feet. I can count all my bones; people stare and gloat over me. They divide my garments among them and cast lots for my clothing.



Let’s now look at a prophecy in the book of Isaiah in the Old Testament. To me, Isaiah Chapter 53 is one of the most dismal and yet amazingly beautiful passages in Scripture once it’s understood on its deep and meaningful level. Please, hit the pause button, and find & read Isaiah 53 in its entirety before we continue! I’ll wait…

The prophet Isaiah tells us that the Messiah was not a Conquering King, but a Suffering Servant who was afflicted and bruised – for our sin & wickedness. And… that by His stripes we’re spiritually healed and made whole.

Now yeast is a Biblical metaphor for sin and wickedness. So the Matzoh, with its lack of leaven, bruised heat spots, pierced holes, and striped by the cooking process clearly portrays Jesus, who was afflicted, bruised, striped, pierced and without sin. To me, the symbolism is undeniable!

Christ is our Passover. By the sacrifice of His blood, God has passed over our sins- & forgiven us. & when we celebrate the Lord’s Supper, we are remembering that because we’re remembering Jesus Christ! But there are other common elements in which we find the parallel of our Lord & Savior with the Passover. We’ll look at a few more in the next video… Part 3.

But at this time I would ask you to celebrate the Lord’s Supper in your home, with your loved ones… but know that as you do, we are celebrating Spiritually together! You can use 1Cor Chapter 10 or 11 as guidelines.

Almost any kind of liquid is acceptable to use for the cup. You can use juice, or if you don’t have juice- use soda. And any type of bread of cracker will function. It’s not the physical that matters, but the spiritual! I’ll see you in part 3! Let’s pray.

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