The Lass Supper of the Messiah & The LAMB of GOD on the CROSS
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The LAMB of GOD on the CROSS
Passover was instituted to remember and celebrate how God directed the Hebrews to kill lambs and with the blood mark their doors of their houses so that they will not perish, then God "passed over" the homes of the sons of Jacob without harming them because of the blood but on Egyptians enslaving His people He delivered the BLOW OF DEATH to the firstborn of every family in Egypt after which they were free to leave Egypt.
Jesus was in Jerusalem at the time of the Passover feast and recognized the time of his death was nearing, The blood of a sacrificial lamb was needed to save mankind from another 'blow of death' coming upon humanity. The Gospels of Matthew, Mark, Luke and John clarify that Jesus was not a helpless victim at the mercy of more powerful forces. Jesus was the lone sacrifice for others who were helpless and hurting. Jesus knew his arrest was coming, but he remained in Jerusalem ready to shed His blood upon the cross for the redemption of humanity and their reconciliation with God The Father.
Jesus was teaching His disciples till the last moments. Before eating 'the last supper', Jesus took off his outer garment, tied a towel around his waist, and began to wash his disciple's feet, drying them with the towel. Peter objected. But when Jesus said, "Unless I wash you, you have no part with me" (John 13:8), Peter consented. Jesus was teaching His disciples humility, to be at service to others and not have a bossy attutude, because washing the feet was the job of a servant and not the job of a master. Most affluent houses in that period had servants to wash the dusty feet of those coming into the house since they wore sandals and the roads used to be dusty. Also as a mystery Jesus was telling Peter and others that they needs "to be washed in His blood that He was going to shed for them and be 'cleaned' and only after being cleaned because of His humanity will be able to partake of the supper of the Lord Jesus Christ. Hence, Jesus was saying: now I am washing your feet with water but after My crucifixion I will wash your spirits with My blood and make you clean -"you" here is whosoever asks Jesus to come to his/her heart...(see prayer at end of article)
During the meal, Jesus asked His disciples that one of them has to betray Him in order for His body to be broken and His blood shed as required by Father God who was speaking to Jesus and telling Him about Jesus' mission. All were greatly distressed and none wanted to betray. When Jesus saw that each one was worried and begging Him not to be the one, He decided to appoint His betrayer,
He dipped a morsel of bread in wine, gave it to Judas and asked him to do it. Judas said, "Surely not I, Rabbi, I can not do it, I love you so much" Jesus answered, "if you love Me as you said then you will do it, and do it quickly" (Matthew 26:20-25). Judas left to do what his Master ordered him to do while Jesus continued to prepare His other disciples for what was coming, and telling them He choose Judas for the dirty work because the nation-of-Judas will not accept Him, will betray Him, they will imprison His followers and children, kill, stone, and persecute them to the last one.
Jesus took bread, gave thanks, broke it, and said, "Take and eat; this is my body" (Matthew 26:26). Then he took the cup of wine and said, "Drink from it all of you. This is my blood of the covenant, which is poured out for many for the forgiveness of sins.
The Last Supper, which took place hours before the Jesus' crucifixion, was actually a Seder (the Hebrew Passover observance). Previously, the feast's symbols had only pointed back to the redemption of sons of Jacob from Egypt. But during the Last Supper, Jesus revealed the messianic significance of the two symbols of "bread and wine."
In a Seder, a bag made of cloth with separate compartments holds three sheets of matzoh, or unleavened bread [ In Scripture, leaven symbolizes sin, so bread without yeast represents holy God].
Then the middle matzoh is removed and split. One half is broken [like the body of Jesus was going to be broken by lashes & stripes] and distributed; the other is wrapped in a napkin, hidden, and bought back after it is found.
Breaking the bread, Jesus said, "Take, eat; this is My body". In the divided bag, matzohs are unified yet distinct --a picture of the Trinity. The middle bread signifies the Son, who left His Father's side to dwell among us:
"But when the fullness of the time came, God sent forth His Son, born of a woman, born under the Law" (Gal. 4:4)
And He was broken for mankind:
"But He was pierced through for our transgressions,
He was crushed for our iniquities;
The chastening for our well-being fell upon Him,
And by His scourging we are healed" (Isa. 53:5)
He was wrapped in a burial cloth "And Joseph took the body and wrapped it in a clean linen cloth" (Matt. 27:59).
He was hidden in a tomb:
"and laid it in his own new tomb, which he had hewn out in the rock; and he rolled a large stone against the entrance of the tomb and went away" (Matt. 27:60)
He was resurrected:
"He is not here, for He has risen, just as He said. Come, see the place where He was lying." (Matt. 28:6).
Our redemption was, indeed, costly:
"For you have been bought with a price: therefore glorify God in your body." (1 Cor. 6:20).
Wine, the other symbol Jesus highlighted, is poured four times at a Seder. Scholars believe it is the third cup -known as the cup of redemption- that He called "My blood of the covenant, which is poured out for many for forgiveness of sins" (Matt. 26:27-28).
Jesus shed His blood while He was being beaten and lashed, His last remaining drops of blood were shed while upon the cross.
(the falling last drops of blood of Jesus)
As you take Communion, look back on what Christ did for you, look forward to His return, and remember He is our Passover (1 Cor. 5:7).
Do not let your hearts be troubled. Trust in God; trust also in me. In my Father's house are many rooms; if it were not so, I would have told you. I am going there to prepare a place for you, I will come back and take you to be with me that you also may be where I am. (John 14:1-3)