by Christina Farris
1 Now the feast of unleavened bread drew nigh, which is called the Passover.
2 And the chief priests and scribes sought how they might kill him; for they feared the people.
3 Then entered Satan into Judas surnamed Iscariot, being of the number of the twelve.
4 And he went his way, and communed with the chief priests and captains, how he might betray him unto them.
5 And they were glad, and covenanted to give him money.
6 And he promised, and sought opportunity to betray him unto them in the absence of the multitude.
7 Then came the day of unleavened bread, when the passover must be killed.
8 And he sent Peter and John, saying, Go and prepare us the passover, that we may eat.
9 And they said unto him, Where wilt thou that we prepare?
10 And he said unto them, Behold, when ye are entered into the city, there shall a man meet you, bearing a pitcher of water; follow him into the house where he entereth in.
11 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.
21 But, behold, the hand of him that betrayeth me is with me on the table.
22 And truly the Son of man goeth, as it was determined: but woe unto that man by whom he is betrayed!
23 And they began to enquire among themselves, which of them it was that should do this thing.
24 And there was also a strife among them, which of them should be accounted the greatest.
25 And he said unto them, The kings of the Gentiles exercise lordship over them; and they that exercise authority upon them are called benefactors.
26 But ye shall not be so: but he that is greatest among you, let him be as the younger; and he that is chief, as he that doth serve.
27 For whether is greater, he that sitteth at meat, or he that serveth? is not he that sitteth at meat? but I am among you as he that serveth.
28 Ye are they which have continued with me in my temptations.
29 And I appoint unto you a kingdom, as my Father hath appointed unto me;
30 That ye may eat and drink at my table in my kingdom, and sit on thrones judging the twelve tribes of Israel. The feast of the Unleaven bread is the beginning of the Passover for the Jews. Yet It is also a time of preparation for Christians. It is the begining of Palm Sunday when Christ made his triumphal entry. Jesus would tell his disciples to go and prepare a place for them to eat the passover. Sometime during the declaration Jesus as King and the preparation of the upper room Judas Iscariot would offer to betray Jesus to the Priesthood. Now I know I have been talking in circles on this subject for sometime now. It is important to examine all the facts leading up to the Messiah death on the cross. He became what is called the paschal lamb. The lamb killed for the passover. Now never had a man died for the passover except the time of the Egyptians when the first feast of unleaven bread was ordain and the passsover would come with the killing of the lamb and the blood stain door post to protect the Jews. Yet all first born of Egypt would be killed. The first killing of hebrew children came at the time when Moses was first born. It is the eye for eye and a tooth for tooth law that is being told. We must remember too Jesus was hunted to be killed as a baby. In fact the town of Bethlehem mourned the death of their children from ages 0 to 2 years of age, because of Jesus. Now Jesus a grown man was going to die at the time of the passover for the sin of the insurrection.
Easter is five weeks away from being celebrate and Palm Sunday is 4 1/2 weeks aways from now by the calender. Yes this redition is still not complete. The full picture not fully understood of the mineset of the religious leaders.Jesus is innocent by his people and God, not by others,who seen Jesus as a threat to their society. Judas begins the plot of betrayal by making the priesthood and offer they can not refuse. They would capture Jesus at night when the crowd was not around. The Jews would be in their dwelling places as in the time of the exodus, when the final plague was sent by God to kill all the first born of Egypt.Jesus meanwhile has two disciple go to set up the upper room for the passover,the final feast before he would eat at the banquet table in the kingdom of God the Father.
Jesus explains the cup of wine was symbol of the blood he would shed for them. Like the lamb blood it would be the covering for sin. The bread was symbol of his body and would be done in memory of him.The unleaven bread to be eaten in memory of how God defeat the enemy and brought Israel out of the army of enemy. The blood was put on the door post as a sign of protection so the death angel would not come near to the Jewish/Hebrew people. Jesus would become the paschal lamb, the one slain for the sins of the world,the enemy was defeat on the cross because the payment had been made for sin, and the bread was Christ body that suffered and died on the cross for the sins of the world. The blood shed by beating, nail scarred hands, and sweat drops of blood in garden was all for our eternal protection, for it covers us or protects us from our sin when we stand before God he sees the blood.
The discourse was not who was the least in the kingdom that night, but who would be the greatest in the kingdom of heaven and not who the betrayer was beyond seeking who might do such a thing for a moment in time. Yet in the other gospels we see Jesus says it whoever dips the bread in the wine with me. That was usually a sign of friendship but not in this case, it was a sign of who the betrayer was.
Who is the greatest in the kingdom of heaven but the one that is willing to lay is life down which is Jesus, but he also said whoever is the youngest and serves. We must remember King David was the youngest of his tribe and yet he became king of Israel, because he served under the king and the people of Israel. Jesus was the eldest, but he was called to carry the cross of servant. He would carry because of the will of God. Oldest and youngest matter not, for it all of us that pick up our cross and serve each other, being not lord over God's people, but allowing God to be Lord of his people.
Dear Heavenly Father, your word speaks eye for eye and tooth for a tooth, but it also speaks paying the price for sin. Christ paid with his life and yet also died for our sins. He pay the price of the world, giving all eternal life that would believe. Help us to understand the importance of celebration of God's protection through the blood of his Son and his protection through His bread/body, that he allowed to be sacrificed for our sin. In Jesus precious name, Amen.
P.S. Remember we not to take and eye for eye but turn the other cheek, as Jesus taught.
Continual Scripture Study:Exodus 12:1-28 KJV
1 And the LORD spake unto Moses and Aaron in the land of Egypt, saying,
2 This month shall be unto you the beginning of months: it shall be the first month of the year to you.
3 Speak ye unto all the congregation of Israel, saying, In the tenth day of this month they shall take to them every man a lamb, according to the house of their fathers, a lamb for an house:
4 And if the household be too little for the lamb, let him and his neighbour next unto his house take it according to the number of the souls; every man according to his eating shall make your count for the lamb.
5 Your lamb shall be without blemish, a male of the first year: ye shall take it out from the sheep, or from the goats:
6 And ye shall keep it up until the fourteenth day of the same month: and the whole assembly of the congregation of Israel shall kill it in the evening.
7 And they shall take of the blood, and strike it on the two side posts and on the upper door post of the houses, wherein they shall eat it.
8 And they shall eat the flesh in that night, roast with fire, and unleavened bread; and with bitter herbs they shall eat it.
9 Eat not of it raw, nor sodden at all with water, but roast with fire; his head with his legs, and with the purtenance thereof.
10 And ye shall let nothing of it remain until the morning; and that which remaineth of it until the morning ye shall burn with fire.
11 And thus shall ye eat it; with your loins girded, your shoes on your feet, and your staff in your hand; and ye shall eat it in haste: it is the LORD'S passover.
12 For I will pass through the land of Egypt this night, and will smite all the firstborn in the land of Egypt, both man and beast; and against all the gods of Egypt I will execute judgment: I am the LORD.
13 And the blood shall be to you for a token upon the houses where ye are: and when I see the blood, I will pass over you, and the plague shall not be upon you to destroy you, when I smite the land of Egypt.
14 And this day shall be unto you for a memorial; and ye shall keep it a feast to the LORD throughout your generations; ye shall keep it a feast by an ordinance for ever.
15 Seven days shall ye eat unleavened bread; even the first day ye shall put away leaven out of your houses: for whosoever eateth leavened bread from the first day until the seventh day, that soul shall be cut off from Israel.
16 And in the first day there shall be an holy convocation, and in the seventh day there shall be an holy convocation to you; no manner of work shall be done in them, save that which every man must eat, that only may be done of you.
17 And ye shall observe the feast of unleavened bread; for in this selfsame day have I brought your armies out of the land of Egypt: therefore shall ye observe this day in your generations by an ordinance for ever.
18 In the first month, on the fourteenth day of the month at even, ye shall eat unleavened bread, until the one and twentieth day of the month at even.
19 Seven days shall there be no leaven found in your houses: for whosoever eateth that which is leavened, even that soul shall be cut off from the congregation of Israel, whether he be a stranger, or born in the land.
20 Ye shall eat nothing leavened; in all your habitations shall ye eat unleavened bread.
21 Then Moses called for all the elders of Israel, and said unto them, Draw out and take you a lamb according to your families, and kill the passover.
22 And ye shall take a bunch of hyssop, and dip it in the blood that is in the bason, and strike the lintel and the two side posts with the blood that is in the bason; and none of you shall go out at the door of his house until the morning.
23 For the LORD will pass through to smite the Egyptians; and when he seeth the blood upon the lintel, and on the two side posts, the LORD will pass over the door, and will not suffer the destroyer to come in unto your houses to smite you.
24 And ye shall observe this thing for an ordinance to thee and to thy sons for ever.
25 And it shall come to pass, when ye be come to the land which the LORD will give you, according as he hath promised, that ye shall keep this service.
26 And it shall come to pass, when your children shall say unto you, What mean ye by this service?
27 That ye shall say, It is the sacrifice of the LORD'S passover, who passed over the houses of the children of Israel in Egypt, when he smote the Egyptians, and delivered our houses. And the people bowed the head and worshipped.
28 And the children of Israel went away, and did as the LORD had commanded Moses and Aaron, so did they.