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Is our communion service different then the Passover?

A portion of the last supper has become our communion ordinance. At the most important part of the Jewish Passover Jesus gave them the true meaning of its tradition that they kept for 1500 years since they left Egypt.  It was related to putting the blood of the lamb on the doorpost and eating the lamb. He broke bread which was unleaven (called the Matzah) and lifted up the third cup (out of four) which is called the cup of redemption at the Passover Seder meal.

The matzoh is unleaven (without sun) it is pierced with holes and striped, all these represent Christ as the Passover lamb.

Paul refers to this in 1 Cor. 11:23-26:  “For I received from the Lord that which I also delivered to you: that the Lord Jesus on the same night in which He was betrayed took bread; and when He had given thanks, He broke it and said, "Take, eat; this is My body which is broken for you; do this in remembrance of Me."  In the same manner He also took the cup after supper, saying, "This cup is the new covenant in My blood. This do, as often as you drink it, in remembrance of Me." For as often as you eat this bread and drink this cup, you proclaim the Lord's death till He comes.”

This last Passover is when many of the statements that they did not understand during Jesus ministry would become clear. For example throughout John 6 Jesus speaks of himself as the bread that came from heaven and then later Jesus said to them, "Most assuredly, I say to you, unless you eat the flesh of the Son of Man and drink His blood, you have no life in you. "Whoever eats My flesh and drinks My blood has eternal life, and I will raise him up at the last day. "For My flesh is food indeed, and My blood is drink indeed. "He who eats My flesh and drinks My blood abides in Me, and I in him.” (John 6:53-56). Jesus explained how he would give his live throughout his ministry "just as the Son of Man did not come to be served, but to serve, and to give His life a ransom for many” (Matt 20:28).

John at the beginning of his gospel explains how Jesus was introduced “The next day John saw Jesus coming toward him, and said, "Behold! The Lamb of God who takes away the sin of the world!” (Jn. 1:29). This is reference to Jesus being the Passover lamb, not just for Israel but the whole world.

Paul explains to us the meaning of the old Testament feast in application to our communion:

1 Cor. 5:7-8: “Therefore purge out the old leaven, that you may be a new lump, since you truly are unleavened. For indeed Christ, our Passover, was sacrificed for us. Therefore let us keep the feast, not with old leaven, nor with the leaven of malice and wickedness, but with the unleavened bread of sincerity and truth”

The communion we take is about Christ, his sacrifice

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