It's Passover under the full moon here in Jerusalem.
The Passover – commemorates the Jews exodus out from the bondage of slavery in Egypt is highly symbolic to us as Christians.
There are several 'highlights' of the meal – and for us as believers the roasted shank of lamb is important.
It was probably at this point in the celebration where Jesus had with His disciples what we call the Lord's Supper.
He would have taken the bread and given thanks for it, as recorded in Matthew's Gospel.
After He broke it and passed it around, a cup of wine, which many refer to as the Cup of Redemption was raised. This may well have been where Jesus said “This cup is the new covenant in My blood, which is poured out for you” as recorded in Luke's Gospel.
When one thinks of what was happening – and of course we have the benefit of looking back on the occasion through the eyes of the Scriptures, the Lord's Supper is at the heart of the Passover meal.
It really helps explains its meaning.
Jesus Christ is Himself we know is that Passover lamb, offered up for the redemption and deliverance of His people.
Remember how John the Baptist announced Jesus the first time he saw Him; Behold the Lamb of God who takes away the sin of the world.
And the bread and wine speak of Christ's death, and of the new covenant He brought which is what reconciles God and man.
Our Lord's Supper ends with the wonderful words spoken by Jesus “Do this in remembrance of Me”.
As His disciples on earth today, we proclaim that Passover Death with Joy – recalling what Jesus Christ has done for us.
He has sacrificed Himself – His Blood now covering us – and we are freed from the bondage of our sins.
And lastly, we proclaim in keeping communion His return – until He is here – Hallelujah!
Happy Passover Everyone,
Middle East Correspondent