Perhaps we need to ask the question, if the Messiah is the Passover, and the wine and the
bread represent His blood and His body, did they not partake of the Passover when they
drank the wine and ate the bread? Regardless of when one ate the bread and drank the
wine (ceremonially) he would be eating the Passover – although as we will see later there
are other perspectives, for the bread and wine besides Passover. Perhaps the Messiah
had in mind the New Passover that He would be introducing to them that night when He
said, “that I may eat the Passover with my disciples”! Can we deny that when they drank
the wine and ate the bread that they were partaking of the Passover? Of course, He was
not yet dead, but figuratively He was slain from the foundation of the world! Those in the
Kingdom of God that lived before His death will be there because of His death.
Therefore, we have two perspectives on the death of the Messiah – one looking forward
and the other looking backward.
Perhaps we have been too <time> oriented, thinking that Passover was a <time>! Maybe
Passover is not a "time" as much as it is a Person, the Messiah. Furthermore, the eating
of the bread and drinking of the wine is eating the body of the Messiah and drinking His
blood, figuratively – in other words – partaking of the Passover! In Egypt, the lamb was
the Passover. They killed the Passover. Paul says that <as often as> you eat the bread
and drink the cup you express the Lord's death until He returns. The slain Lamb of God,
which we show, (preach, announce, declare, make known, proclaim, express) with the
ceremony of eating the bread and drinking the wine, signifies His death until He returns.
The bread is His body, the wine is His blood and by partaking of these symbols, we
proclaim the Passover and the Lamb slain from the foundation of the world – regardless
of when we do this. These two perspectives are confused in the mind of many. However,
the death of Christ signifies much more than just the Passover! What is more, it is the
further significance of the death of Christ – beyond Passover – that many have lost sight
of – or never contemplated from the beginning – that keeps the bread and wine in
correlation to Passover the great mystery that it has become. We will discuss this in
1 Corinthians 5:7 Purge out therefore the old leaven, that ye may be a new lump, as ye are
unleavened. For even Christ our Passover is sacrificed for us:
1Cor 11:26 For as often as ye eat this bread, and drink this cup, ye do shew the Lord's death till he
27 Wherefore whosoever shall eat this bread, and drink this cup of the Lord, unworthily, shall be
guilty of the body and blood of the Lord.
Revelation 13:8 And all that dwell upon the earth shall worship him, whose names are not written in
the book of life of the Lamb slain from the foundation of the world.