Three Elements of Passover—Part 1

The Proper celebration of Passover is what broke the back of Satan, destroyed Egypt, which symbolizes the power of the kingdom of darkness, and liberated the children of God from slavery in Egypt into the land of milk and honey. The New Testament celebration of Passover is what is known as Communion, which Jesus and His disciples ordained in the Lord’s1 Supper only hours before the cross. 

The Night of the Lord

The celebration of Communion/Passover is the highest and most powerful spiritual instrument on earth in the present dispensation. The Bible calls the Passover/Communion — THE NIGHT OF THE LORD, because the same night Jesus instituted it, the day commenced in which He dealt the eternal death blow to Lucifer on the Cross of Calvary, forever freeing mankind from the power and oppression of darkness. ~ “It [is] a night of solemn observance to the LORD for bringing them out of the land of Egypt. This [is] THAT NIGHT OF THE LORD, a solemn observance for all the children of Israel throughout their generations” (Exodus 12.42).

Three Elements of the Last Supper

How it is that both, Passover and Communion, have remained a mystery to 99% of Christians is almost as mysterious as the elements contained in the feast and their spiritual significance to the believer today. The Bible is full of symbolism. This is how God communicates. It must be accepted that perhaps the largest and most substancial parts of the Bible are communicated through allegories, types2, and symbols. An enormous amount of scripture deals with food and feasts. Passover and Communion are prime examples of this. Food symbolizes doctrine in the Bible.  Speaking of food and doctrine, Jesus said ~ “But He answered and said, “It is written, ‘Man shall not live by bread alone, but by every word that proceeds from the mouth of God’” (Matthew 4.4). That which is called ‘clean’ food in the Old Testament corresponds to sound doctrine, and ‘unclean’ food refers to polluted doctrine. Now, the three principal elements of the sacred Passover meal will be examined and their meanings revealed, which are 1) roasted lamb, 2) unleavened bread, and 3) bitter herbs. ~ “’Then they shall eat the flesh on that night; roasted in fire, with unleavened bread [and] with bitter [herbs] they shall eat it” (Exodus 12.8).

Roasted in Fire

The sacrifice lamb must be roasted in ‘fire.’ The lamb represents Christ, who is the Word3 of God, and the fire corresponds to the Holy Spirit. Speaking of the Holy Spirit, John said that Jesus ~ “…will baptize you with the Holy Spirit and fire” (Luke 3.16). The fire by which the lamb is roasted speaks to us of the necessary preparation that the meat must go through before it can be eaten. The meat of the lamb indicates the doctrine in the Bible of Jesus Christ. A qualified individual (minister) must administer the meat, the written word of God, to the fire of the Holy Spirit until it is thoroughly cooked and then serve it on the table (preach) to the members of the family of God. This is what is referred to when Jesus says ~ “The Spirit of the LORD [is] upon Me, Because He has anointed Me To preach the gospel to [the] poor; He has sent Me to heal the brokenhearted, To proclaim liberty to [the] captives And recovery of sight to [the] blind, To set at liberty those who are oppressed” (Luke 4.18).

Boiled & Raw

Jesus as well as the rest of the Apostles in the New Testament were anointed with the Fire of the Holy Spirit before and while they preached the word of God. The Word of God is a two-edged4 sword — it can kill just as fast as it can minister spiritual life. Let’s have a look at what the New Testament says about the importance of having anointed ministers who are empowered by God to ‘roast’ the meat of the word of God in the Fire of the Holy Spirit before it is served (preached). ~ “Who also made us sufficient as ministers of the new covenant, not of the letter but of the Spirit; for the letter kills, but the Spirit gives life” (2Corinthians 3.6). Notice that it is not enough to have a certificate of ordination from a Bible College or Seminary. All human preparation and false authorization is what is killing the church today. The only One who is capable of ordaining and sending a truly anointed minister is God Himself. Notice what is written ~ “Not that we are sufficient of ourselves to think of anything as [being] from ourselves, but our sufficiency [is] from God, who also made us sufficient as ministers of the new covenant, not of the letter but of the Spirit; for the letter kills, but the Spirit gives life” (2Corinthians 3.5,6). Most Christians today do not follow the biblical steps of God required to partake in holy communion, and the result is that they are eating contaminated, ‘boiled’ and ‘raw,’ words from the Bible, which only bring judgement and condemnation. The Passover meal instructions given by God to Moses were as follows ~ “‘Do not eat it raw, nor boiled at all with water, but roasted in fire––its head with its legs and its entrails. Next week, this special three-part series of messages will be continued” (Exodus 12.9).

John 1:29

The next day John saw Jesus coming toward him, and said, “Behold! The Lamb of God who takes away the sin of the world!

Notes

  1. 1Corinthians 11.20
  2. Hebrews 8.5
  3. John 1.14
  4. Hebrews 4.12

© L. Jonathan Blais 2021 All rights reserved. Scripture taken from the New King James Version®. Copyright © 1982 by Thomas Nelson. Used by permission.

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