I know that this isn’t the time of the season for this topic but I felt that I was prompted to write about this now.
I’ve been listening to Bible study audio books from Dr. Bill Creasy. He can bring an interesting perspective to the Bible that you might not hear anywhere else. This topic was one of them.
Passover is celebrated by the Jews as a memorial to their exodus from Egypt while under the rule of Pharaoh
The Jews lived in Egypt for more than 400 years (Exodus 12:40). Their life in Egypt began at the end of Genesis when Joseph, his father, and his brothers were reunited in Egypt. Pharaoh was a fair man and he allowed Israel and all of his family to live in the land of Goshen.
In the beginning of Exodus, we see that the Jews began to multiply; their families began to grow in number. At this time, there was a new king of Egypt who didn’t know Joseph. Because the king could not find a way to keep the Jewish population down, he instead decided to enslave them.
But God had other plans.
In Exodus 12, we read that God will cause the Egyptians to be struck by ten plagues. God outlined a series of steps that the Jews needed to follow so that they were not struck down by the tenth plague, that of the passing of death throughout the land of Egypt.
They were to purchase a one year old lamb and publicly sacrifice it. Each family was then to take the blood of the lamb and apply it to the lentils and door posts of their homes. This protected everyone inside from become a victim of the tenth plague.
Passover is a yearly celebration, marking the time when death ‘passed over’ the Jews.
Part of this celebration is the drinking of four cups of wine. The wine is a symbol of the joy that the people of Israel had when they left the land of Egypt. The four cups represent the promises made by God to the people of Israel (Exodus 6:6-7).
So where am I going with all of this?
“The Old Testament is the New Testament concealed and the New Testament is the Old Testament revealed.”
Jesus celebrated His last Passover with his disciples. It is thought that Jesus only drank three cups of wine instead of four. There is no evidence for this in the Bible but, to me, this makes sense.
While He was on the cross, He cried out with a loud voice:
“My God, my God, why hast thou forsaken me?” (Matthew 27:46)
Someone ran and put wine vinegar on a sponge and gave Him to drink. He drank of it and gave up the ghost.
That last drink was the fourth cup of Passover wine. The meal (and the sacrifice) was complete.
Jesus’ sacrifice (as the Passover lamb) guarantees that death will pass over us and that we will have an eternal life with Him in Heaven.
I hope this didn’t meander too much. I tend to ramble at times. 🙂