“And as they were eating, Jesus took bread, and blessed it, and brake it, and gave it to the disciples, and said, Take, eat; this is my body. And he took the cup, and gave thanks, and gave it to them, saying, Drink ye all of it; For this is my blood of the new testament, which is shed for many for the remission of sins” (Matthew 26:26-29)
THE Passover was instituted by God for the children of Israel in Egypt. At the first Passover, they were asked by Moses to slaughter a lamb per household and eat all of it. When they followed the statutes of the Passover as instructed by Moses, the Israelites were redeemed from the bondage of Pharaoh, the king of Egypt. Since then God instructed them to celebrate the Passover every year. Jesus said he never came to destroy the law but to fulfil it.
After thirty-three and half years on Earth, time came for Jesus to be sacrificed as the true Paschal lamb. The Lord Jesus Christ knew that, that Passover thirty-three years after his birth day was his last on earth as his time to be sacrificed for human sins was up. He therefore took occasion to teach and instruct his apostles the meaning and symbols of his death as related to the ceremonial Passover. He knew that during that Passover, type would be changed to anti-type and shadows to reality.
The true meaning of the Passover which began in Egypt was then going to be fulfilled. Having gathered all his twelve apostles including the traitor Judas Iscariot he took unleavened bread as per the law of the ceremony, broke and blessed it and took a jar of wine, gave thanks to Mighty God and he gave them to eat and drink. Since the introduction of the Passover in Egypt, there was an annual shedding of blood of animals and breaking of their bodies.
These bodies were supposed to be consumed to completion during the feast. But Jesus, as he replaced the shadow of things with reality, he removed the former types and replaced them with symbols, as the real blood was about to be shed and the true body to be broken once and for all. From then on, no more blood was to be shed for redemption as that of Jesus would last through eternity and no more body was to be broken for his body was broken for all ages.
Henceforth the Passover ceremony was going to be symbolic and a remembrance of the great sacrifice for the sins of mankind by God who sacrificed his own son to redeem mankind from the clutches of sinfulness. No more was it for the remembrance of the Israeli redemption from Egypt as the body and blood of Jesus is for universal redemption of all mankind from sin. His blood which was to be shed once, was to do away with the old covenant based on the blood of animals to a new covenant based on the pure and undefiled blood of the son of God.
Whereas the blood of animals was to redeem mankind from human suppression, the blood of Jesus was to redeem them from the suppression of sin. This blood is the emblem of the New Testament. As the blood of animals meant exoneration from death in Egypt, the blood of Jesus means exoneration from eternal death of the soul.
As Jesus approached the crucifixion to lay the foundation for Christianity, he spoke of a new covenant and the death of the old. His blood was to be the guarantor of the new covenant or testament and was ready to be shed. At and during the same process of laying the foundation of the new covenant the first had to be torn apart and be made old and of no effect. Both processes would happen simultaneous as the old give way to the new. That which decays had to give way to the everlasting. The fleshly covenant based on the law was to give way to the covenant of grace.
Whilst God incarnate was being made the sacrifice and lamb for the slaughter, the scribes and elders were being made the tools to destroy that which they were supposed to enforce, which is the Law of Moses. The scribes and elders of Israel were the principal teachers and rulers of the Jewish religion and nation. They were the custodians of the old covenant as given to Moses at Sinai. God looked upon them for its observance and enforcement.
In the old covenant were divine laws from God which, if followed, would make mankind holy before God. However, because the law was external and had no control of the human conscience it was for the flesh to try and abide by the law. This proved impossible as mankind failed to do the will of God even though the desire to do so was in them. Hence God decided to lay a new foundation through which the human conscience would be controlled and led to do right.
The high priest (Caiaphas), together with the scribes and elders of Israel being the leaders of the Jewish religion and nation, engineered the death of an innocent man through lies, hypocrisy, and deceit. They moved the nation to tell lies and partake in the shedding of innocent blood. It was in the courtyard of the high priest where the Lord Jesus was more abused than anywhere else during his passion. Instead of the high priest' home being a refuge for the oppressed and suffering it became the headquarters for humiliation, inflicting pain and spilling of innocent blood.
The law for which they stood conflicted with their behavior. The law said the Sabbath was holy but in their zeal to see the death of Jesus Christ the Jewish leaders tasked the guards to work on a Sabbath and ensure the Lord’s grave was concreted and secured that he would not come out or be, per them stolen by the disciples.
The destruction of Sabbath observance by the Jewish religious leaders and their breaking of nearly all the other laws of the Ten Commandments during the passion of Jesus Christ marked the demise of the old covenant. Since then until the end of time grace reigns supreme for salvation, for where law is, there is bondage.
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