LORD’S SUPPER: Memorial Meal Now, Celebration Meal Soon?

Did you realize that the Marriage Supper of the Lamb may perhaps contain the same ingredients as the LORD’s Supper or Passover? Remember Jesus’ words?

“But I say unto you, I will not drink henceforth of this fruit of the vine, until that day when I drink it new with you in my Father’s kingdom.” Matthew 26:29

Did you know the men of Passover? After all, a Passover meal is what Jesus was having in the upper room at the time of the first LORD’s Supper.  The meal consisted of Lamb, unleavened bread, bitter herbs, and the fruit of the vine.

Some pastors who do not know the Scripture will tell you that the Bible never says how often we are to celebrate the LORD’s Supper, but the Bible is very clear.  The LORD’s Supper takes place at least each year on Passover evening starting at 6 PM.  I say “at least each year”, because in I Corinthians 11:20, we read the Apostle Paul hinting at what might be an indication that the early believers may have observed the LORD’s Supper on a more weekly or frequent basis.

Handmade shmura matzo or unleavened bread

Handmade shmura matzo or unleavened bread

I used to believe the essential part of the LORD’s Supper is the Lamb which differs it from the Babylonian Mass celebration of Baal worship which includes wafers and wine. Now I am not adamant on the inclusion of the Lamb.  After all, in a sense, when Jesus died for our sins to give us new life, in a real way He stopped the need for animal sacrifices.  In other words, His life allowed many animals to live here on earth and allowed those people who accept Him as Savior to live forever with Him. The fruit of the vine, the unleavened bread and bitter herbs are a definite must.

eucharist-golden cupJews remember Passover as a time when GOD passed over the firstborn sons of all who had blood on their doorposts during their captivity in Egypt which allowed them to be set free from physical bondage. Christians will remember tomorrow evening as a time when GOD gave His firstborn Son in order to pass over all those who have His blood upon the “doorposts of their heart” allowing them to be set free spiritually.

Jesus ate the Passover Meal, (which became known as the LORD’s Supper), with his apostles. This meal is explained in Exodus 12 and the above passage of Matthew as consisting of Roasted Lamb (over flames), Bitter Herbs, Unleavened Bread, and Fruit of the Vine (grape juice).  We know that Jesus would have eaten these ingredients, because He fulfilled the Law in every point.  The Law also forbid the partaking of any blood, so the theory that He would offer His actual blood to His apostles for drink or that he supernaturally produced some mystical “blood” from grapes would be impossible if He were to fulfill the Law in every point. Such a teaching would be more of Gnostic, occult origin (which may have originated from one of the many false teachers of the pagan, Gnostic version of Christianity in the Roman Empire at that time).  After all, the Gnostic or Babylonian-Egyptian occult adepts were known to drink wine and partake of a solar wafer.  With Constantine the Great having created a combination religion of both the ancient Babylonian occult teachings and the newer Christian teachings, it helps us understand where the Roman Catholic empire developed its Eucharistic practices in which they teach that the juice of the grapes actually becomes literal blood and the bread becomes the actual body of Jesus.   Such mystical cannibalistic-like practice was against the Law of GOD; however, it was standard practice for the more pagan Roman occult practitioners who welcome cannibalism, vampires, and other hideous practices. Their ancient beliefs descended from the Babylonian-Egyptian practices of sun worship and black magic which is believed by some historians to have begun at the Tower of Babel and the family of Nimrod.

22The Bible teaches that the following ingredients were included in the Passover Meal which Jesus observed and which became the first LORD’s Supper.

“And they shall eat the flesh in that night, roast with fire, and unleavened bread; [and] with bitter herbs they shall eat it.”  – Exodus 12:8

Roast some lamb over the fire of your grill, create a bitter herb dip from horseradish sauce and then when you dip your Matzo bread into the sauce, perhaps the words of Jesus will come to your mind as they did mine (“He that dips his hand with me in the dish, the same shall betray me”).  Some teach that this supper gives spiritual nourishment, but such a doctrine is not taught anywhere in the Bible. As you eat the lamb, realize that Jesus and His Word alone are our spiritual nourishment. Only Jesus alone is our salvation. We do not need baptism or the Passover Supper of our Savior as an added work, but Christ alone.

BettyMeal312Take time with your family or fellow believers (or both) to observe the LORD’s Supper as Scripture teaches it should be observed and if you wince from the bitter herbs, remember that such sorrow will end in heaven. Remember the symbolism of the unleavened bread as you eat, which we are taught in Scripture is the symbol of Jesus’ body, free from sin (i.e. leaven), being broken for us. Jesus was teh Bread of Life, broken for us. Remember how Jesus died on the cross for you as you drink the red-colored fruit of the vine and think of how blessed you are to one day eat and drink the Marriage Supper of the Lamb in heaven with Him someday.

“And he saith unto me, Write, Blessed are they which are called unto the marriage supper of the Lamb. And he saith unto me, These are the true sayings of God.”  – Revelation 19:9

In closing, look at the amazing redemption story that is found in the Feast of the Passover. Let’s read the Biblical account of Passover, and then I will highlight some key spiritual aspects of it.

“[3] “Speak to all the congregation of Israel, saying: ‘On the tenth of this month every man shall take for himself a lamb, according to the house of his father, a lamb for a household. [4] ‘And if the household is too small for the lamb, let him and his neighbor next to his house take it according to the number of the persons; according to each man’s need you shall make your count for the lamb. [5] ‘Your lamb shall be without blemish, a male of the first year. You may take it from the sheep or from the goats. [6] ‘Now you shall keep it until the fourteenth day of the same month. Then the whole assembly of the congregation of Israel shall kill it at twilight. [7] ‘And they shall take some of the blood and put it on the two doorposts and on the lintel of the houses where they eat it. [8] ‘Then they shall eat the flesh on that night; roasted in fire, with unleavened bread and with bitter herbs they shall eat it. [9] ‘Do not eat it raw, nor boiled at all with water, but roasted in fire–its head with its legs and its entrails. [10] ‘You shall let none of it remain until morning, and what remains of it until morning you shall burn with fire. [11] ‘And thus you shall eat it: with a belt on your waist, your sandals on your feet, and your staff in your hand. So you shall eat it in haste. It is the LORD’s Passover. [12] ‘For I will pass through the land of Egypt on that night, and will strike all the firstborn in the land of Egypt, both man and beast; and against all the gods of Egypt I will execute judgment: I am the LORD. [13] ‘Now the blood shall be a sign for you on the houses where you are. And when I see the blood, I will pass over you; and the plague shall not be on you to destroy you when I strike the land of Egypt. [14] ‘So this day shall be to you a memorial; and you shall keep it as a feast to the LORD throughout your generations. You shall keep it as a feast by an everlasting ordinance.  [15] Seven days you shall eat unleavened bread. On the first day you shall remove leaven from your houses. For whoever eats leavened bread from the first day until the seventh day, that person shall be cut off from Israel.”  – Exodus 12:3-15

Verses three, four, and five of this passage explain that four days ahead of Passover Eve, an unblemished or spotless male Lamb was set apart from the rest of the flock of sheep as a Sacrificial Lamb. In this we see Jesus Christ who was without blemish or sin, who entered the city of Jerusalem in Messianic fashion just days before He was to be sacrificed, where he was interrogated or inspected by the high priests of His day who grilled him with questions, and then he was pronounced by Pilate to be faultless (“I find no fault in Him”).  Jesus was afterward taken outside the city of Jerusalem to be sacrificed for mankind’s sins just as the scapegoat under the Law of Moses was taken outside the camp to serve as a sacrifice for the sins of the people.

Verses six and seven show that the Passover lamb was to be killed on the fourteenth day of the month (Passover Day) by the entire congregation and the blood used as a way to shield those people who believe from spiritual death and GOD’s wrath.  In a similar fashion, Jesus was killed by the entire congregation on the fourteenth day of the month, and his blood was used as a way to protect those who believe from spiritual death and GOD’s wrath.

Verses eight, nine and ten show that the Passover Lamb was to be roasted in fire, and that no other option of preparation was allowed such as serving it raw or boiled. In like manner, after Jesus was sacrificed for the sins of mankind, He was also placed in the fires of Hades or Hell as seen in the article at this link

Verses eleven and twelve speak of the imminence of the believer’s departure from Egypt as they are to wear sandals on their feet, a belt on their waist, and a staff in their hand. Today, believers are also to live in light of their imminent departure from earth (“waiting and watching”). These verses also appear to foreshadow the final prophetic events of world history after the Elect are caught away into the heavens and “passed over” by GOD’s wrath, as they are hastily translated from this life to the Promised Land. GOD’s wrath will then be poured out upon all the earth as the final seven years of Daniel are completed.

Verses thirteen, fourteen, and fifteen speak of how no leaven was allowed in the houses during this week of unleavened bread as believers were expected to search their houses and cleanse their dwelling of any leaven. In like manner, just days before Passover Jesus entered His Father’s house and began to root out the sin and leaven from it, as He drove the merchants, money-changers, and salesmen from the Temple.