Then your children will ask, ‘What does this ceremony mean?’ 27 And you will reply, ‘It is the Passover sacrifice to the Lord, for he passed over the houses of the Israelites in Egypt. And though he struck the Egyptians, he spared our families.’” – Exodus 12:25-26
God instructed Israel to observe the Passover for all time. They were to eat the passover meal in accordance with the instructions given to Moses. Then Moses told the people that in the future their children would ask them why they celebrate the festival. Their answer was to be that it was a perpetual declaration of the Lord’s goodness and how he brought them out of slavery and spared their lives.
We know from scripture that the passover meal was really a practice celebration of the work Jesus would do on the cross as the true Passover Lamb. His execution on the stake was THE passover sacrifice to the LORD. God passed over the sins of Israel while executing judgment on Egypt. Through Jesus God passed over our sins, as his spiritual inheritance, and will one day execute judgment on those who refuse his gift of eternal life through Jesus’ sacrifice.
The passage, though, brings something else to light for me today. Jesus told the apostles, and hence us, to partake of the Lord’s Supper and declare his death until he returns. In much the same way, we are in keeping with the celebration of the passover when we take the ordinance of communion. We partake of the blood and body of Jesus in his sacrifice through the eating of unleavened bread and the drinking of wine. We declare his love for us in passing over on judging us, much as the blood on the doorpost caused God to pass over killing the first-born of Israel.
Will you join me in celebrating the Lord’s death until he comes through our observance of communion? It’s not just our participation in the ordinance but in the act of doing it as often as we choose. Jesus said to partake of communion and to remember his grace and mercy as often as we do it. We can take communion yearly, monthly, weekly, or even daily if we do so from a right heart perspective and not some religious ritual. I will declare the Lord’s grace and mercy until he comes.
Father, thank you for preparing the world for your ultimate gift through the sacrifice of Jesus in the annual festival of unleavened bread. When it came time for his sacrifice, most people didn’t know of its importance, but now the world knows! We celebrate the love you showed the world through this momentous act of love by giving up your only son to pay the price for mankind’s sin and rebellion against you. The communion ceremony is but one way for us to continue on the practice established in Israel of declaring to the next generation of how your grace spared us from the fate of demons. You are truly amazing. Thank you for loving me. In Jesus’ name, Amen.