(Excerpt from Oh, Taste and See card #3)
Easter always occurs within the same week as Passover; for Christians, Easter is the fulfillment of the Passover story. Be alert because every element of Passover contains clues of the Messiah. Once the hidden piece of bread, always the middle piece, is found and unwrapped, it is taken to the father, who redeems it back from the child who fond it with silver coins. Is this a sign? The bread is then eaten as the final part of the meal, like dessert, with everyone receiving a small piece of the middle section. Sips of wine from the Cup of Redemption accompany the bread. We, who are not Jews, but Gentiles, reenact this ceremony as Communion.
In the Old Testament, God sealed His agreements with His people, called covenants, with blood. During Jesus’ Passover meal with the disciples, He signaled the beginning of a new covenant with the Cup of Redemption when He said, “Drink of it, all of you; for this is my blood of the covenant.”* Jesus, the True Vine, made clear the symbolism of His blood, the color of rich wine, as the Cup of Redemption. After the Passover supper He sealed this New Covenant with His spilled blood.
OH, TASTE AND SEE THAT THE LORD IS GOOD!**
*Matthew 26:27-28, **Psalm 34:8