What is the New Covenant Passover?

Example of a Haggadah

In Rabbinic and Messianic Judaism there are many and varied traditions that are associated with Passover. Most are not found in the Torah (first five books of the Bible). Most Jewish denominations, i.e. the Orthodox, Conservative and Reform branches of Rabbinic Judaism as well as Messianic Judaism,  have produced booklets that their constituents follow when celebrating the Passover. These booklets are called the Haggadah which literally means “the telling”.

The point being that the Passover instructions in the Scripture are quite simple. The elements include the slaughtering and eating of a flawless lamb, the eating of unleavened bread for seven days and the offering of various animal sacrifices at the Temple.

This left a lot of room for our Jewish people over the centuries to develop creative extra-Biblical traditions and ways to retell the Passover story that became a part of Passover celebrations. 

This brings me to the New Covenant Passover. Did you know…

…that the Christian Communion, that is celebrated at various times throughout the year, depending on what denomination and church you are associated with, is actually a Passover celebration. In other words the Last Supper was a Passover meal.

Da Vinci's "The Last Supper"

Da Vinci's "The Last Supper"

This of course is no accident. The Messiah Yeshua’s (Jesus) crucifixion and resurrection was closely associated with the feast of Passover.

New Messianic Traditions

In I Corinthians 11:17-33 the Messiah follows in the Jewish tradition of creative Passover storytelling by instituting a new wrinkle to Passover observance. At the last Passover supper with His disciples, within hours of His crucifixion, He broke the matzah (unleavened bread) that they were all eating and said, This is my body which is for you. Do this in remembrance of me.

Then He took the cup of wine and said, This cup is the new covenant in my blood. Do this, as often as you drink it, in remembrance of me.”

What did He mean by this? 

Matzah

Matzah

 Unleavened bread had two important and prophetic meanings in the Scripture. First The Torah calls it the bread of affliction and symbolized Israel’s suffering in Egypt. But leaven is also a Biblical symbol for sin. So Yeshua was saying that when you celebrate the Passover and remember Israel’s deliverance from suffering in Egypt, remember my suffering for your sins. Of course the disciples did not fully realize at that moment what this meant until after His death and resurrection.

wine2Secondly, though the cup of wine was not a part of the Passover in the Exodus account, by the time of Yeshua (and even today) the cup(s) of wine were an established part of Passover observance. In the Scripture wine is often associated with blood and so Yeshua, after the meal was over, instructed His disciples that His blood represented a New Covenant.

So what is the New Covenant?

The New Covenant is the most important of all covenants between God and man. Just as the lamb’s blood in the Exodus account caused the angel of death to pass over Jewish homes and spare the firstborn in each household, so the covenant between God and man is that the Messiah’s shed blood covers the sins of an individual who accepts that atonement for their sins. Only then does God eternally forgive that person’s sins. They pass from eternal death to eternal life.

That’s why we faithfully observe the New Covenant Passover.

We must never forget the incredible and undeserved sacrifice God made by sending Ben Elohim (the Son of God) to take away the sin of the world.

Remember…and always be grateful.

Joel Chernoff

~The views contained in The Joel Chernoff Report are not necessarily views held by the MJAA~

 

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8 responses to “What is the New Covenant Passover?

  1. Christopher Hernandez

    Amen. Well done. I am a First Nations believer, and I appreciate you staying true, through and through. May the God of Israel bless you exceedingly and abundantly more than you could ever ask for or imagine!

  2. Shalom!

    Joel, toda rabah for pointing to and setting the foundation of Christianity and the Commuinion back into its ORIGNAL Jewish setting. It brings knowledge and balance for all believers. (Hine Ma Tov)
    There have been some non- Jewish believers I’ve met that have a misunderstanding in feeling that their “spiritual” Jewish roots, are not important in knowing their full identity as Christian believers–historically and biblically. As one learns about Yeshua’s ministry, it explodes with spiritual truths that He conveyed through the anceint Jewish customs!

    Outside of what is not “Torah required” for non Jews, some Christains unfortunately are fearful of celebrating the faith in ANY messianic Jewish context or expression. Yet the churches are doing it all the time–with taking the traditonal Communion. I’m also glad to see the observance of Passover seders have long been increasing throught the Chrisitian circles

    I’ve told some believers asking me about legalisim as living in the Jewishness of Christianity. I’ve said that a Christian who walks in the original Jewish expression of our faith has a made a “decision” out of a Jewish heart, or is joyfully obeying their calling to do so. This is not legalisim. But rather one chooses or obeys to embrace the “Messianic Jewish flavor” of grace and truth by faith. It’s the best of both worlds.

    Partaking in faith, of the Last Passover meal / Communion in Messiah was truly the beginning of making true Messianic Jewish believers— and even true Chrisitians, who will believe in Him and live with the messianic Hope of His Return.

    Have a Miracle week in Messiah!
    Shirah

  3. Dear Joel, Here in the UK, the Lord is opening up to us his heart for the full restoration of Israel, and how the church must be fully linked with her, in order that both will fully enter into their end-times callings. To this end, we have begun to celebrate the Jewish Festivals, as what we believe they really are-the Festivals of the Lord. As one who is responsible for the liturgy used, I struggle at times to sort out the wheat of deep biblical prphetic meanings in the feasts, from what I feel are the chaff of Jewish cultural add-ons over the centuries. We pro-Israel gentile believers desparately need help to get back into our true Jewish roots where we long to be. We need good teaching on the feasts- both their present-day and future significance, and we need help with good liturgy for use in homes as well as larger groups. Can anyone out there give us some help with these things? We love you Israel, our true home. And dear Joel, we much appreciate your new blog. God bless and prosper you in it. Shalom, much Shalom from London UK

  4. Jesus’ connection with Ha’Shem, Torah, and Eretz Israel … a true treasure awaits discovery!

    Shalom Shabbat

  5. Lombe Tessie Lusale

    Shalom from Lusaka, Zambia. Ben Elohim, Yeshua came to show us the way to Avinu. He uses Israel has the blue print because HE does nothing unless he reveals it to his prophets. Yeshua was crucified from the foundation of the earth, that is why when Adam and Eve sinned HE shed blood by killing a lamb and covering their nudity with the skin of the Lamb.That was the first sacrifice of Yeshua. Blood had to be shed to cover our sins.
    Like wise when we observe the feasts we do them in rememberance of Avinu’s Convenant with us.To tell ourselves we are on track and in tune with where HE wants us as a people to be.
    Todah Raba. Amen

  6. Shalom from Eilat Israel,
    I have somewhat different view of present Israel. I do not think there is a separate covenant for Israel. There is however, the promise of God to save the ‘rest of Israel’, the end of days remnant.
    God is in control!
    Michael

  7. Shalom Yoel,

    Your teachings about Yahshua, His Torah, & The Feasts of Yahshua are a blessing to the Body of Believers.

    Eversince my Jewish friend introduced me to these teachings, I’ve been blessed Spiritually & Financially too!:)) No kidding.., when you really seek Yahshua & do His Torah with a pure heart & sincere thoughts.., I mean, Yahshua is all about integrity (what He promises He fulfills)! So, ofcourse, He blesses!!!:))

    Still, there are still great works which lies ahead for us to partake & with the help of our Mashiach, the end result is a great delight!!!:))

    Thanks Yahshua & Israel for the Righteous branch of Melakim David, preserving & spreading the Good News of Shua (Salvation) even to the gentile people such as me. Thanks Israel – I love you very much!!!:)))

  8. Kudos! That was well written. Thank you for your comments and stand not only on Jesus the Messiah but also on the political situation in Israel. Your views are a breath of fresh air.

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