March 21 – His Last Passover

“You know that after two days the Passover is coming, and the Son of Man is to be handed over for crucifixion.” – Matthew 26:2 (NASB)

In three weeks this year we’ll approach Passion Week, the week leading up to the crucifixion of Jesus, we’ll remember Christ’s last Passover supper. We, observe and remember Christ’s sacrifice in the holy sacrament of communion, we are observing a part of the Last Supper. This supper was an annual observance. For Jews it recalls the last night in Egypt when they were saved by the blood of a lamb sprinkled on their doorposts and mantle of their house. God spared the firstborn of any house that had shed the blood of a lamb. The first Passover meal was a rushed thing for their exit from Egypt started on the morrow. Each subsequent Passover meal was done to remember God’s deliverance. Jesus observed the Passover each year he was on earth. But on this, his last year was going to be different. For this was God’s chosen time for Christ to die. He was the antitype to which the Passover Lamb had always referred. Christ had always avoided His enemies’ plots to kill Him, but now it was His time. The true Lamb of God’s shed blood would take away the sin of the world (John 1:29).