The History of the Passover - Easter Sunday (Resurrection Day )
Jesus Lamb of God, Manna from Heaven, reason for communion
Abraham was the father of Isaac. Isaac was the father to Jacob. Jacob was the father to 12 sons. Jacobs name was changed to Israel. So, his sons were the 12 tribes of Israel. Which make up the Jewish Nation. One of his sons was Joseph. Remember the story of Joseph and the coat of many colors his father gave to him. Joseph’s brothers were jealous, so they sold him into slavery, and told their father he was dead. But the Lord God had a plan for Joseph’s life and he ended up ruling Egypt.
During his time ruling Egypt, there was a great famine in the land, forcing Josephs brothers to come to Egypt for food. At this time, Joseph was reunited with his family and they all came to live in Egypt.
Genesis chapter 14 - 50
Long after Joseph and his brothers died, the family continued to grow. As time passed the Israelites or Hebrews as they were called became a great nation. The Pharaoh at that time, was afraid they would war against him, so, he made them slaves to Egypt. 400 years later, there were 600,000 Jewish Israelites in Egypt.
The Pharaoh made a law that all Israelite babies boys were to be killed. Pharaoh was very cruel and made life miserable for them.
There was one Israelite woman who gave birth to a baby boy who she kept hidden. She made a basket that would float and put him in it, placing it in the Nile River. The basket drifted to the daughter of the Pharaoh. The Princess claimed the child for herself and called his name Moses. Moses grew up as one of the Princes of Egypt.
At this Point if you like movies……Disney made a carton movie of this story called “The Prince of Egypt”. There is also the great classic film “The Ten Commandments” with Carlton Heston. Incredible 4-hour epic also showing the parting of the red sea! This Bible account is at Exodus 1-12
When Moses grew up, he killed one of the Egyptians who was beating an Israelite. He then had to leave Egypt or he would be killed. 40 years later God decided it was time to deliver his people out of the hands of Pharaoh. While Moses was on MT. Horeb ( which means Mountain of God ) The Lord called to Moses from a burning bush saying “I have seen the affliction of my people Israel, and I have heard their cries of suffering. I have come to take them out of Egypt to a land flowing with milk and honey”.
Moses then returns to Egypt to confront Pharaoh, telling him to let Gods people go, but Pharaohs heart was hardened against the Lord. To prove to Pharaoh his power and that he was the Lord God , the Lord sent 10 plagues upon them, one by one. After each disaster befell them, Pharaoh had the chance to let the people go, but he would not. The Nile River was turned to blood. Then the land was filled with frogs, gnats, swarms of locust, swarms of flies, fire rained from heaven, 3 days of darkness, and then the last Plague, which is where and how the first Passover Sader celebration came to be.
To this very day in 2007 the Jewish people all over the world, still come together to celebrate this High Holy day, The Passover Feast and tell the story of their bondage in Egypt and how the Lord delivered them. It is told to the children from generation to generation.
This happen some 3488 years ago in the year 1446 BC ( BC stands for Before Christ Era in time table of years) (after Christ was born time counted forward instead of backwards and is called AD Anno Domini ) The Year of our Lord see.. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Anno_Domini
The 10th and last plague was at midnight. The angel of death would pass threw all of Egypt and the firstborn of every family would die. Now the Lord gave Moses instructions to give to the Israelites. They were to take a young unblemished lamb, sacrifice it and put the blood on their doorposts, this way when the angel of death came threw and saw the blood of the lamb, he would pass over that house and all inside would be spared. The Blood of the lamb having the life in it, just as Jesus blood is what gives us eternal life in Christ.
The Bible says they were to eat the Lamb, along with unleavened bread and bitter herbs, to represent the years of bitter bondage to Egypt. The unleavened bread was to someday represent Jesus body crucified for us and the blood of the Lamb on the doorposts was to represent Jesus’ blood shed on the cross for our sins. The Bible in the book of John verse 1:29 says, John the Baptist seeing Jesus come toward him, says” Behold the Lamb of God, which has taken away the sins of the world.” John 1:36 says John looking upon Jesus as he walked, said, behold the Lamb of God.
Lets jump ahead to the time of Jesus. I am sure most of you have seen the famous oil painting of Jesus and his 12 disciples called The Last Supper - Leonardo da Vinci, being the artist. If not click on link above.
At John 6: 41-58 Jesus tells the Jews, “he is the Manna from heaven, the Bread of life.” ( Manna was a special food that fell from the sky. It feed the Israelites after they left Egypt.) Jesus went onto say, “my body is the bread of life and my blood is the true drink of eternal life.” Verse 53 Jesus says “unless you eat my flesh and drink my blood, you have no life within yourselves.” This was not actually eating his body and blood, but instead represented the unleavened bread and wine served at the Passover dinner, and then the Holy Communion, with Jesus establishing a new covenant as himself being the Passover Lamb of God!
At the last Passover dinner Jesus ate with his 12 disciples in the upper room, in Luke 22:15-20 Jesus declares a new covenant with the meaning of the bread and wine of the Passover feast. Jesus says “I have earnestly desired to eat this Passover meal with you before I suffer. I shall not eat it again until it is fulfilled in the kingdom of heaven. When he had taken some bread and given thanks, He broke it, giving it to the 12 saying “This is my body, which I have given for you, Do this is remembrance of me! And in the same way he took the cup saying, This cup, which is pored out for you, is the new covenant in my blood. In the Bible at Mark 14: 22-25 it reads, Jesus took the bread, gave thanks and broke it, and gave it to his disciples, saying, "Take it; this is my body." Then he took the cup, gave thanks and offered it to them, and they all drank from it. This is my blood of the covenant, which is poured out for many," he said.
1 Corinthians 11: 23 – 26 says..Do this is remembrance of the Lord Jesus. 1 Corn 11: 23- 26 For I received from the Lord what I also passed on to you: The Lord Jesus, on the night he was betrayed, took bread, 24and when he had given thanks, he broke it and said, "This is my body, which is for you; do this in remembrance of me." 25In the same way, after supper he took the cup, saying, "This cup is the new covenant in my blood; do this, whenever you drink it, in remembrance of me." 26For whenever you eat this bread and drink this cup, you proclaim the Lord's death until he comes.
So Jesus is that Lamb of God, who died for us, that we might have salvation and eternal life threw him and with him, just like the Passover lambs in Egypt who gave their life blood that the angel of death might Passover the people. The blood of the lamb is also ours in Christ as our salvation!
So, with this knowledge we can appreciate Passover, the day the Jews were set free from Egypt.
Good Friday ( the day Jesus was Crucified ) to wash us clean of our sins
Easter Sunday ( the day Jesus rose again from the dead “The Resurrection Day ) Revelation 1:17-18 Jesus says I am the first and the last, the Living One! I was dead, but am alive forever more and hold the keys of death and Hades.
Many places in the book of Revelation Jesus is called the Lamb of God.
Rev. 7:17 Rev. 14:10 Rev. 15:3 Rev. 19:9 Rev. 21:22 & 23 Rev. 22:1 & 3
I pray if it is Easter, that you now understand its meaning better, that you take to heart what this truly means. It’s not about bunnies, little chicks, colored eggs and chocolate candy. It’s about opening your heart and asking the Lord Jesus to come inside. To say Jesus, I understand what you did for me, and I want eternal life with you. Come into my heart Lord Jesus. If you have prayed that prayer, get yourself a Bible, find a good church, read, and ask about our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ! You are on your way to one of the most exciting personal relationships you have ever experienced! Hallelujah!
Palm Sunday is the week before, when Jesus rode a donkey into Jerusalem and the people ran to meet him waving Palm Branches in their hand, and crying out Hosanna, Blessed is he who comes in the name of the Lord and is King of the Jews.
For Further research on any of these subjects, Look up Passover, Israelites in Egypt, Moses, the 10 plagues, Abraham and Isaac, Jacob ruling Egypt, 12 tribes of Israel, Jesus last supper, Jesus and Passover, Jesus Lamb of God.
If you need a Bible on line to find verses, try Blue Letter Bible or Gateway Bible! If you are looking for a church ministry to ask more questions I recommend Charles Stanley Ministry, Chuck Swindol Ministry, Greg Laurie Harvest Ministries, and Billy Graham Ministries...These are great resources to educate you more on these subjects, and to be able to help you know how to find a Bible teaching church.
Blessings, in the name of the Lord. Pass this on! Copy it! Hand it out!
Happy Passover, Good Friday and Easter, Resurrection Day and Holy Communion
written by Gloria Muscarella