It is important for the Bride to sit down to the Marriage Supper at the time the Bridegroom is present — that is, at the pre-arranged day and time as ordained in Scripture. But as we have seen in The Marriage Supper of the Lamb, this pre-arranged day and time of Passover is hidden within Scripture, and must be sought out diligently.
And so in order to see when the Passover Supper is to occur, we will look first at Yahushua’s Words, and then look at His example of keeping Passover.
Passover: Yahushua’s Words
What did Yahushua Say?
First, we recall that Yahushua stated plainly that He would keep Passover with His disciples:
And he said, Go into the city to such a man, and say unto him, The Master saith, My time is at hand; I will keep the passover at thy house with my disciples. (Matthew 26:18)
And wheresoever he shall go in, say ye to the goodman of the house, The Master saith, Where is the guestchamber, where I shall eat the passover with my disciples? (Mark 14:14)
And ye shall say unto the goodman of the house, The Master saith unto thee, Where is the guestchamber, where I shall eat the passover with my disciples? (Luke 22:11)
In the above passages, we see that Yahushua said, “I will keep/I shall eat the Passover with my Disciples” at the house/guestchamber. His Words are clear, and easy to understand. As His Disciples, we receive Yahushua’s Words as ‘little children,’ and as Truth.
We know Yahushua did not lie to us — and so we now understand just what it says — that Yahushua ate the Passover meal with His Disciples.
We have seen Messiah’s Words. Let us now look at His example.
Passover: Yahushua’s Example
Yahushua told us clearly that He would eat the Passover meal with His Disciples. Let us now notice His example:
And he said, Go into the city to such a man, and say unto him, The Master saith, My time is at hand; I will keep the passover at thy house with my disciples. 19 And the disciples did as Jesus had appointed them; and they made ready the passover. 20 Now when the even was come, he sat down with the twelve…26 And as they were eating, Jesus took bread, and blessed it, and brake it, and gave it to the disciples, and said, Take, eat; this is my body. 27 And he took the cup, and gave thanks, and gave it to them, saying, Drink ye all of it; 28 For this is my blood of the new testament, which is shed for many for the remission of sins. 29 But I say unto you, I will not drink henceforth of this fruit of the vine, until that day when I drink it new with you in my Father’s kingdom. 30 And when they had sung an hymn, they went out into the mount of Olives. (Matthew 26:18-20, 26-30)
And wheresoever he shall go in, say ye to the goodman of the house, The Master saith, Where is the guestchamber, where I shall eat the passover with my disciples? 15 And he will shew you a large upper room furnished and prepared: there make ready for us. 16 And his disciples went forth, and came into the city, and found as he had said unto them: and they made ready the passover….22 And as they did eat, Jesus took bread, and blessed, and brake it, and gave to them, and said, Take, eat: this is my body. 23 And he took the cup, and when he had given thanks, he gave it to them: and they all drank of it. 24 And he said unto them, This is my blood of the new testament, which is shed for many. 25 Verily I say unto you, I will drink no more of the fruit of the vine, until that day that I drink it new in the kingdom of God. 26 And when they had sung an hymn, they went out into the mount of Olives. 27 And Jesus saith unto them, All ye shall be offended because of me this night: for it is written, I will smite the shepherd, and the sheep shall be scattered. (Mark 14:14-16, 22-27)
And ye shall say unto the goodman of the house, The Master saith unto thee, Where is the guestchamber, where I shall eat the passover with my disciples? 12 And he shall shew you a large upper room furnished: there make ready. 13 And they went, and found as he had said unto them: and they made ready the passover. 14 And when the hour was come, he sat down, and the twelve apostles with him. 15 And he said unto them, With desire I have desired to eat this passover with you before I suffer: 16 For I say unto you, I will not any more eat thereof, until it be fulfilled in the kingdom of God. 17 And he took the cup, and gave thanks, and said, Take this, and divide it among yourselves: 18 For I say unto you, I will not drink of the fruit of the vine, until the kingdom of God shall come. 19 And he took bread, and gave thanks, and brake it, and gave unto them, saying, This is my body which is given for you: this do in remembrance of me. 20 Likewise also the cup after supper, saying, This cup is the new testament in my blood, which is shed for you. (Luke 22:11-20)
In each of the above passages it is clear that Messiah is eating the Passover meal in accordance with His earlier Words. In each of the above passages, we see in context that He sat down and ate the meal as foretold. We also see in these passages that Yahushua is revealing some ‘new’ information as to the prophetic meaning of the Passover bread, and of the Passover cup.
Here we see Yahushua tells us ‘this’ (the Passover bread) is His flesh, which is given for us, and that we are to eat it in remembrance of Him, but specifically in remembrance of His death, according to the apostle Paul.
Then Yahushua tells us the Blood of Passover is His Blood, which He would shortly thereafter shed at His crucifixion. He then tells us His Blood is the Blood of the New Covenant — of which covenant we are also told is the ‘Torah’ written on the heart of the Believers (Jer 31:31-33).
Thus Yahushua revealed the prophetic meaning of Passover, and the ‘new’ understanding His Disciples are to have when they eat the Passover meal.
There are many today who have thought that this meal was not a Passover meal, but perhaps a ‘demonstration’ meal or ‘graduation’ meal given by the teacher for his students.
This idea has arisen out of two misunderstandings. The first is the thought that there are inconsistencies in Scripture, between the Gospel records and the historical accounts seen in the Tanak. The seond is the fact that by tradition, the Passover meal is eaten not in the prescribed night of the 14th, but in the following night of the 15th.
It is tempting to look in Torah for an easy solution. We are reminded, however, that these things are hidden in order for Yahushua’s Disciples to find. We will find them when we, as His Disciples, hold His Words and examples as supreme over all other understanding.
The result is that many will miss seeing Yahushua’s Words, and His example for them; and thus will overlook some of the specific Passover requirements that are hidden within Torah, which must be sought out diligently until found.
If the Passover Supper is indeed the Marriage Supper of the Lamb, as dicussed in The Marriage Supper of the Lamb, what should that tell us regarding those who will be in attendance at the Marriage Supper, and those who will not? Would it not be important for the Bride to be present at the Marriage Supper of the Lamb, on the same night as the Bridegroom? The Reader is encouraged to review this first article, to grasp the magnitude and importance of participating in Passover.
As we look further at the Passover, let’s notice some of the words of the apostle Paul.
Passover: According to the Apostle Paul
Paul gives us further insight into Passover:
Purge out therefore the old leaven, that ye may be a new lump, as ye are unleavened. For even Christ our passover is sacrificed for us: 8 Therefore let us keep the feast, not with old leaven, neither with the leaven of malice and wickedness; but with the unleavened bread of sincerity and truth. (1Corinthians 5:7-8)
At the Feast of Passover, as detailed in Exodus 12:8, 13, we are to eat the Lamb, along with unleavened bread and bitter herbs, as a ‘memorial,’ and that the blood of the Lamb ‘saves’ our household .
In the above passage, the apostle Paul refers to Messiah as “our Passover (Lamb) (who) is sacrificed for us,” and so for this reason, Paul says, “Let us keep the Feast.”
Here Paul is telling us that we too are to keep the Feast of Passover, and the Feast of Unleavened beginning the next day.
A few chapters later Paul makes further reference to Yahushua’s Passover meal with His Disciples:
For I have received of the Lord that which also I delivered unto you, That the Lord Jesus the same night in which he was betrayed took bread: 24 And when he had given thanks, he brake it, and said, Take, eat: this is my body, which is broken for you: this do in remembrance of me. 25 After the same manner also he took the cup, when he had supped, saying, This cup is the new testament in my blood: this do ye, as oft as ye drink it, in remembrance of me. 26 For as often as ye eat this bread, and drink this cup, ye do shew the Lord’s death till he come. (1Corinthians 11:23-26)
In the above passage, Paul reminds us that when we eat and drink the Passover bread and cup, we show (“announce, declare, make known, proclaim”) the Master’s Death until He comes (arrives, appears). When we observe the Passover meal in remembrance of Yahushua as the Passover Lamb, we are proclaiming Yahushua’s sacrificial death.
The Ultimate Witness of Torah
When Yahushua’s Disciples keep Passover on the prescribed day and time, they are proclaiming — and bearing witness — that it was Yahushua Messiah who was sent to become the Sacrificial Lamb that takes away the sin of the world!
This is the ultimate witness that Yahushua is the Messiah! This is when our obedience to Torah reveals the living Messiah!
In the next segment, we will see some further details of Passover in Torah, and will note some of the unique features of the Feast ordained for the 14th day of the first month, and compare these to the feast of the 15th day.