The Bridegroom has made an offer of Betrothal to the Bride. He is now waiting for the Bride to accept — or not accept — His Betrothal offer. That acceptance is to be made by drinking of the same Passover ‘cup’ the Bridegroom drank from, both literally and figuratively. The Bridegroom has stated this very clearly:
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. And he took the cup, and gave thanks, and gave it to them, saying, Drink ye all of it; For this is my blood of the new testament [‘covenant’], which is shed for many for the remission of sins. (Matthew 26:26-28 )
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. And he took the cup, and when he had given thanks, he gave it to them: and they all drank of it. And he said unto them, This is my blood of the new testament [‘covenant’], which is shed for many. (Mark 14:22-24)
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. Likewise also the cup after supper, saying, This cup is the new testament [‘covenant’] in my blood, which is shed for you. (Luke 22:19-20)
Notice Yahushua said “this” is my body; and “this” is my blood.
When someone gives a personal demonstration, what is meant when they use the pronoun “this?”
The pronoun refers to what Yahushua was doing at that moment. But what was He doing?
He was finishing the Passover meal, and was having the unleavened bread of Passover, and drinking the third cup (the Cup of Redemption) of Passover! He then tells His Disciples that He expects them to do the same, but with the renewed understanding of the meaning of Passover.
So we see that in each of these passages in the Gospels, Yahushua is revealing to His Disciples the prophetic meaning (the ‘now’ meaning) of the well-known Passover meal, practiced for centuries by all of Yahuweh’s people. Yahushua did not institute anything new, or change anything. He merely revealed the true meaning of Passover.
In the Passover supper, Yahushua revealed to His Disciples that He is the Passover Lamb Sacrifice, and that He would bring about the redemption of His people, and the sealing of the Everlasting (New) Covenant by His Blood (Hebrews 13:20).
But why is the Passover necessary for New Covenant believers? Lets look at Yahuweh’s Covenant requirements.
The Blood Sprinkles the Tabernacle
The great importance of our participation in the Passover meal can be seen in the following passage:
For when Moses had spoken every precept to all the people according to the law, he took the blood of calves and of goats, with water, and scarlet wool, and hyssop, and sprinkled both the book, and all the people, Saying, This is the blood of the testament [‘covenant’] which God hath enjoined unto you. Moreover he sprinkled with blood both the tabernacle, and all the vessels of the ministry. (Hebrews 9:20-21; Exodus 24:7-8)
First, we see that the original offer of Betrothal came at Mt. Sinai, where the Covenant Promise of Betrothal was sealed in the ‘Blood of the Testament’ which prefigured the Blood of Messiah. (To see the account in Scripture of the Betrothal Agreement, see The Two Witnesses of Devarim by Brick Parrish.) Most importantly, the blood was sprinkled on the Book (His Words), the people, the Tabernacle, and all the vessels of the ministry.
Beloved, this pictures the physical Blood touching the physical items of the tabernacle, and relates them all to the Everlasting Covenant. We recall that every Covenant between Yahuweh and His people must be confirmed or sealed by blood (Ex 24:8; Heb 13:20).
We are His people, and we are also now in the Tabernacle of this fleshly body, the dwelling-place of Yahuweh (1Co 6:19). Thus we are required to be ‘sprinkled’ by the physical Blood of the Covenant, by that which represents Messiah’s Blood. But how does this ‘sprinkling’ occur?
When we drink of the Passover cup, the representation of the Blood of Yahushua goes down into this tabernacle of our body (2 Co 5:4). So we see that the required covenant sprinkling occurs when we participate in the Body and Blood of the Passover meal.
Our drinking of the Passover cup, just as the Bridegroom did, also becomes ‘our half’ of the Betrothal agreement. When we eat of His flesh (the Passover matzo), and drink of His Blood (the Passover cup of Redemption), we are in effect saying, “I do” to the Bridegroom’s offer of Betrothal! Peter reminds us that an important part of our obedience is to participate in this sprinkling of the Blood of Messiah (1Pet 1:2).
Our participation in the New Covenant Passover is so important, that Yahushua tells us a frighteningly important bit of news:
Then Jesus said unto them, Verily, verily, I say unto you, Except ye eat the flesh of the Son of man, and drink his blood, ye have no life in you. Whoso eateth my flesh, and drinketh my blood, hath eternal life; and I will raise him up at the last day. (John 6:53-54)
Beloved, let us ask this question. Why is Yahushua here telling us that unless we participate in His Body and Blood, we have no Life in us?
It is because Messiah-in-us is our Life! And it is Messiah, living within us, who prompts us to participate in the Passover! Messiah even reminds us that it is through the Passover that we identify with His Covenant (Luke 22:20; 1Co 11:25).
It is likewise the lack of Messiah-in-us, that causes us to reject this Passover participation. This rejection of the True Passover is perhaps the origin of the counterfeit Passover, called communion and Lord’s Supper, that most of us in the Evangelical world have embraced as a substitute for the True. It is time to put away the many counterfeits — and the Doctrines of Men that promote them — and take the True!
But what is the significance of Passover? Let’s look.
The Significance of Passover
When Israel was in Egypt, it was the Passover blood on the doorposts that saved the firstborn of Israel from death (Heb 11:28). From that time on, all of Yahuweh’s people are commanded to observe the Passover as a memorial forever, so they might remember that Yahuweh saved them through the Blood of the Lamb (Exodus 12:13-14).
When Yahushua was on earth, He participated in the Passover meal with His disciples. Since Yahushua was to be the Firstborn of many brethren, His participation in Passover was also the pattern for the ‘many brethren’ (Col 1:18; Rom 8:29).
Yahushua has told us that the Blood of the Passover is His Blood, and is represented in the Passover wine (Luke 22:20). His Blood that was spilled 2,000 years ago is the Blood of the Everlasting Covenant, and it was through this spilled Blood that Yahushua was brought back from death as the Firstborn of many Brethren (Col 1:18; Rom 8:29; Heb 13:20). This same Blood spilled 2,000 years ago likewise saves us from death (Heb 13:20), as we too are a kind of firstfruits unto Him (James 1:18; Heb 12:23).
The keeping of Passover includes the eating of the Passover meal, the representation of eating of His Flesh (speaks of His ‘Life’ according to John 6:51), and the drinking of His Blood (speaks of His ‘Life’ according to Leviticus 17:11). When His life is in us, we have the inward desire to walk in obedience to all His Word, and to be a “DO-er” of all that He did when on earth. It is His life in us that moves us to keep the Passover in obedience to the Scriptures!
Yahushua is telling us: “No Passover, no Life.”
The Passover may be symbolic in many ways, but the keeping of it reveals the heart of obedience, and the heart of yieldedness, of the Bride to her Bridegroom. The heart of yieldedness willingly keeps the Passover according to the Scriptures.
Moreover, it is a Scriptural Passover meal only if it is done at the time prescribed by Yahuweh in the Scriptures — on the 14th day of either the first or second Biblical month (Lev 23:5;Num 9:10-11). Any other time is a counterfeit.
The Final Opportunity
The Feast of Passover is such an important event for Yahushua’s Born-Again children, that He gives us two distinct dates each year, and two opportunities to keep the Passover. The First Passover of the year occurs on the fourteenth day of the First Biblical month. The Second Passover of the season is the final opportunity for the Bride, and it occurs on the 14th day of the Second Biblical Month. The calendar dates are determined in mid- to late- March of each year when the new moon is seen.
Beloved, the Bridegroom wishes you to become Betrothed!! Find several others, or have the Passover alone. Let us keep the Feast! (1Co 5:7-8).
Unless the Bride Candidate takes the Flesh and Blood of Passover, she demonstrates she has no Life in her. Participation in the True Passover demonstrates the presence of the Life of Messiah-in-us, who gives us Grace for obedience (Rom 1:5; 1Pet 1:2) necessary to enter in to the presence of the King.
For Pastors and Leaders
Pastors, direct yourself and your people toward the Scriptural practices, and away from practices and Doctrines of Men that you may have picked up in your Theological Seminary, Bible School or Denomination. We will each be held accountable for our respective works! (Rev 2:23).
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