Posted by: Elena's Israel Blog | 04/22/2011

The Rest of the Story

How much depth of understanding Christians miss when we don’t know the Jewish roots of our faith. Take, for instance, the ‘Last Supper’ of Jesus and the disciples.

Did you know that they were actually having their Passover Seder that year? and that this was understood by the writers of the gospels, so the various foods and drink that were eaten weren’t mentioned as anything unusual because everyone knew the Passover ceremonial foods that were eaten? On the first day of the Festival of Unleavened Bread, the disciples came to Jesus and asked, ‘Where do you want us to make preparations for you to eat the Passover?’ He 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.’ So the disciples did as Jesus had directed them and prepared the Passover.’” (Matthew 26:17-19).

However, when Jesus held up the *middle matzah (of the 3) that night something different did happen and that is what’s recorded in the gospels. . . . While they were eating, Jesus took bread, and when he had given thanks, he broke it and gave it to his disciples, saying, ‘Take and eat; this is my body.’” (Matthew 26:26). He was prophesying what was about to happen to him the next day.

Likewise, when they got to the third cup of wine (of the prescribed 4 – the cup of Redemption) . . .”Then he took a cup, and when he had given thanks, he gave 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 from this fruit of the vine from now on until that day when I drink it new with you in my Father’s kingdom.” (Matthew 26:27-29). This too was something quite unusual and also prophetic of His spilled blood which would bring salvation to all who believed.

Today, April 22, 2011 in Gregorian time, is the day we celebrate the ultimate sacrifice the Lamb of God made on the cross for us that day. Praise and thanksgiving to Him!

*Part of the Seder involves taking 3 pieces of unleavened bread, and breaking the middle one in half, then eating one half of it while the other half is wrapped in linen and hidden for children to find and receive a gift (see blog post ‘Passover Parallels’).

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