by Roger Thomas

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The Christ of the Passover: A Seder Service (5 of 7)
Day by Day with Jesus Series
Roger Thomas
1 Corinthians 11:23-26
April 9, 2006

Introduction: "For I received from the Lord what I also passed on to you: The Lord Jesus, on the night he was betrayed, took bread, 24and when he had given thanks, he broke it and said, "This is my body, which is for you; do this in remembrance of me." In the same way, after supper he took the cup, saying, "This cup is the new covenant in my blood; do this, whenever you drink it, in remembrance of me." For whenever you eat this bread and drink this cup, you proclaim the Lord's death until he comes." (1 Cor. 11:23-26 NIV)

With those words the New Testament describes the origin of the on-going practice of the communion or the Lord's Supper. It began at a Jewish observance of the Passover. Communion has continued through the centuries as an important part of Christian worship. To appreciate the Passover is to better understand the meaning and significance of the Lord's Supper.

On the night before the cross, Jesus gathered his little family of disciples in an Upper Room to celebrate the Jewish Passover. As they entered, he washed their feet, a humble act of service that confused and bewildered them. During the evening, Jesus spoke of his imminent departure. He promised he would not leave his disciples alone, but would send another Helper, the Holy Spirit. He also shocked them with the prediction that one who sat at the table would betray him. As the Passover meal progressed, Judas dismissed himself to begin his act of treachery.

Because many the details of the Passover observance have changed through the centuries, we know only the general outline of a typical Passover observance in Jesus' day.

The Passover Background. Passover is an 8 day observance commemorating the freedom and deliverance of the Hebrew slaves from Egypt recorded in the early chapters of Exodus. During a time of family gatherings and ...

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