The Passover Supper was instituted when the Children of Israel were preparing to leave the oppression of Egypt. As you know, they were instructed to place the blood of the sacrificed lamb on the sides and overhead (door posts and lintels) of their doorframes. They were also instructed to eat unleavened bread; that is, bread that was quickly prepared with no time to let it “rise” first. (Exodus 12:1-11)
The placing of the blood of the lamb on the door frame is a clear picture of the Blood of the Lamb of God as it was shed on the Cross. The blood on the door posts and lintel are the same configuration of the hands and head of Jesus on the Cross. Some of the Passover blood must have dripped on the door threshold, representing the feet of Jesus, the Lamb of God.
The first occasion in the Bible of bread and wine was when Abram (the Lord had not yet changed his name) met Melchizedek, king of Salem and priest of “God Most High,” and gave him a tithe of the plunder Abram had taken from the four kings from the region of Babylon. (Genesis 14:18) The use of bread and wine precedes the Passover Feast by hundreds of years and is found in many places in the Holy Word.
Even though the Hebrews and Jews did not realize it, the Passover Feast looked forward to the Anointed One, the Messiah, or in Greek, the Christ.
In the evening before Jesus went to the Cross, He celebrated Passover with the Disciples. Jesus told them that He had been looking forward to this Passover Meal. (Luke 22:15) They broke bread. They partook of the cup. (The Holy Spirit avoided the controversy of grape juice or wine by consistently referring to “the cup.”) The Lord Jesus confirmed the foreshadow of the Passover Feast by stating that the bread represented His body, and the cup represented His blood. (Luke 22:19-20)
Lastly, the Lord Jesus told the Disciples that He would not eat this symbolic meal “until it is fulfilled in the Kingdom of God.” (Luke 22:16 and 18) Jesus looks forward to the great banquet with His Church in His Father’s Kingdom.
Today, the Church celebrates the Lord’s Supper in thankfulness for Jesus, His Sacrifice, and His Resurrection. It appears that the early Church celebrated the Lord’s Supper on a daily basis. (Acts 2:46) You cannot thank the Lord enough for Jesus, or remember too many times the Sacrifice and Resurrection of Jesus.
For 2,000 years the Church has been celebrating the Lord’s Supper, and looking forward to the Day when we will be gathered around the Lord’s Table in His Kingdom. Come quickly, Lord Jesus!