|Why the Bread and Wine Should be Taken
More Often Than the Passover
The bread and wine represent the body and blood of the Messiah. Moreover, the Messiah
is our Passover sacrificed for us. Therefore, the Passover is one perspective of the bread
and the wine.
In that case, it would seem improper to keep the Passover at the beginning of the 15th
without including the bread and wine ceremony. For in that case, one would be
remembering the OT Passover with a feast, without reference to the NT Passover.
However, Paul said that one was to take the bread and wine often! Why is this true? The
answer is absolutely breath taking, and there can be no doubt about it.
It is true that the Messiah is our Passover Sacrifice. However, He is also our Sin Offering
and our Trespass Offering. He is our Peace Offering and our Burnt Offering. He is our
Meal Offering. He is our Morning Sacrifice and our Evening Sacrifice. In addition, He is
our Atonement Sacrifice.
When we take the bread and wine on Passover evening, we are taking the New
Testament Passover, the reality of which the OT Passover lambs signified.
However, when we take of the bread and wine at any other time of the year, we can
concentrate on the other Sacrifices that He was for us! This does not mean that He
ceases to be our Passover at that time, but that our focus is on one or more of the other
Sacrifices that typed the Messiah.
Paul said that as often as you eat this bread and drink this cup, you do show the Lord's
<death> until He comes. He did not specify Passover only, but all that the <death> of the
In other words, by only taking the bread and wine on the Passover, we have limited the
death of the Messiah to just our Passover. While even that is a most wonderful thing, it is
only a small part of what the Messiah did for us with His death!
1 Corinthians 11:25 After the same manner also he took the cup, when he had supped, saying, This
cup is the new testament in my blood: this do ye, as oft as ye drink it, in remembrance of me.
1 Corinthians 11:26 For as often as ye eat this bread, and drink this cup, ye do shew the Lord's death
till he come.
If we only eat the bread and drink the wine on the Passover, we put less emphasis on all
the other Sacrifices that the Messiah was for us. Passover merely ransoms us out of the
world as it ransomed Israel out of Egypt. However, they still had to go through the Red
Sea of baptism to wash away their sins. That was the next step for us, as well. The death
of the Messiah covered that step as well as the Passover. Daily we must ask for
forgiveness of our trespasses – and Christ’s death covers our trespasses, too.
When does the wine and bread represent the death of the Messiah for having washed
away our sins with the sacrifice of His blood? Some try to put everything into Passover,
but if Passover had been adequate to represent Christ, there would have been no need for
all the other sacrifices required in the Old Testament to represent the fullness of Christ.
One reason that we have overlooked this point is because of the lack of a physical deed in
the NT covenant to offset the temple sacrifices of the Old Testament. We keep the
Passover evening to offset the keeping of the Passover in the Old Testament, but what do
we do to offset the sacrifices of the Old Testament?
Well, the Messiah gave us that physical offset: it was the eating of the bread and the
drinking of the wine! For when we eat the bread and drink the wine we show the <death>
of the Supreme Sacrifice, the Messiah who covered <all> of the sacrifices of the Old
Humans learn by doing physical deeds. If one partakes of the bread and wine with an
emphasis on a different sacrifice throughout the year, he begins to obtain a greater depth
of how the Old Testament sacrifices typed Christ!
The Messiah is our Passover – He rescues us from the world. The Messiah does not "pass
over" our sins! The Messiah <reconciles> our sins – and there is a vast difference
between these two concepts. Nevertheless, without the rescue and ransom aspect of
Passover, we could not have started on the road to salvation! Therefore, Passover is
something of great importance for us to look back on and something for which to be
thankful. At the same time, we want to understand that Passover was just the beginning.