THE LORD'S SUPPER
"As they were eating, Jesus took some bread and blessed it. Then he broke it in pieces and gave it to the disciples, saying, 'Take this and eat it, for this is my body.' And he took a cup of wine and gave thanks to God for it. He gave it to them and said, 'Each of you drink from it, for this is my blood which confirms the covenant between God and his people. It is poured out as a sacrifice to forgive the sins of many.'" - Mark 26:26-28
WHAT IS PASSOVER?
Exodus 12 tells us that Passover is the event during the times of Moses, when the 10th plague occurred when Pharaoh refused to release the Hebrews.
"Then Moses called all the elders of Israel together and said to them, 'Go, pick out a lamb or young goat for each of your families, and slaughter the Passover animal. Drain the blood into a basin. Then take a bundle of hyssop across the top and sides of the doorframes of your houses. And no one may go out through the door until morning. For the Lord will pass through the land to strikedown the Egyptians. But when he sees the blood on the top and sides of the doorframe,the Lord will pass over your home. He will not permit his death angel to enter your house and strike you down. "Remember, these instructions are a permanent law that you and your descendants must observe forever. When you enter the land the Lord has promised to give you, you will continue to observe this ceremony. Then your children will ask, 'What does this ceremony mean?' And you will reply, 'It is the Passover sacrifice to the Lord, for he passed over the houses of the Israelites in Egypt. And though he struck the Egyptians, he spared our families.'"' When Moses had finished speaking, all the people bowed down to the ground and worshiped. So the people of Israel did just as the Lord had commanded through Moses and Aaron. "
PASSOVER + JESUS = SALVATION
Passover is a commemoration of when the Israelites were able to gain freedom from the Egyptians. Soon after, they traveled to the land that God had promised them to become their own nation. But, why is Jesus called the Passover Lamb?
"The next day John saw Jesus coming toward him and said, 'Look! The Lamb of God who takes away the sin of the world!'"
Jesus is our Passover Lamb because he was sent by God to be sacrificed and set us free of our sins from the past, present, and future. Like in Exodus, Moses told the Israelites to prepare a perfect lamb:
"Your lamb is to be without blemish"
So was Jesus, perfect and without sin. In Exodus, the Israelites were set free. Jesus sets us free and gives us eternal life:
"I tell you the truth, everyone who sins is a slave of sin."
"For the wages of sin is death, but the free gift of God is eternal life through Christ Jesus our Lord."
Jesus is our Passover Lamb because he was sinless and sent by God to free us from our sins, just like Moses was led by God to free His people from the Egyptians. Except Jesus is the greatest Passover Lamb because he gives EVERYONE eternal life.