On Nisan 14 in the year 1513 BCE, the nation of Israel, then slaves in Egypt were asked to put faith in God’s provision for life. The angel of the Lord would pass over the land of Egypt. Those that put faith in God’s provision for life would escape that night from the punishment that the angel meted out. That night was also the night that the nation of Israel escaped from slavery in Egypt.
On that same date in the year 33 of our common era, Jesus celebrated the Passover commemoration remembering God’s deliverance back in Egypt. It was also a celebration of faith because the Israelites had put faith in God’s provision and escaped from the angel and also from slavery.
This was also to be the day of Jesus death. A Jewish day started in the evening and finished in the following evening. So he commenced the day by celebrating the Passover and concluded that day by giving his life for mankind. He essentially became the new purpose and the new provision from God for life when he gave his life in sacrifice on that night.
Knowing that this was about to happen Jesus instituted a simple celebration that Christians could keep.
History tells us that Christians would gather together on Passover evening and would remember Jesus. Jesus put in place a simple and dignified arrangement.
First Jesus took some unleavened bread. He asked a prayer and passed it around. Each of the disciples ate some of the bread.
Jesus explained that the unleavened bread pictured his perfect body or perfect sacrifice but he would give that day.
Secondly he took a glass of wine and asked a prayer over it before passing the cup or glass of wine around the disciples who all drank. He stated that that night his blood would be poured out as part of his sacrifice. And that is what happened when Jesus side was pierced by a spear at his death
Then Jesus said “keep doing this in remembrance of me.” See 1 Cor 11:23-26 cited below.
This simple ceremony or celebration was to be celebrated until the Lord’s arrival.
So until Christ returns in kingdom power all followers of Christ should spend some time on the anniversary of Jesus death commemorating his death and following the pattern laid out by Jesus.
Could you do this? Yes you can.
You will need some red wine of a non-fortified variety in order to follow the pattern that Jesus set. Most red wines are non fortified.
The unleavened bread is somewhat different from what most people eat in different parts of the world. It is simply flour and water that is mixed together, rolled into very thin sheets and then put in the oven to cook until dry. It can become extremely hard if left too long so some care is required not to over bake.
The date for the commemoration of the Memorial is Passover each year after 6.00pm. This year the date is March 27
Remember Jewish days ran from evening to evening so this celebration should commence after sunset.
A Simple Way To Remember
Ask a prayer on the bread and thank God for Jesus perfect human life. Eat a little bread and contemplate the Christ. Ask a prayer on the wine and thank God for the provision of Jesus. Drink a little and contemplate the Christ. Then conclude by thanking God for the provision of God’s kingdom and pray for that kingdom to come.
There is truly nothing more important that you can do at memorial time than to remember Christ in the manner that he asked us to do.
1 Cor 11:23-26 For I received from the Lord that which I also handed on to you, that the Lord Jesus on the night in which he was going to be handed over took a loaf and, after giving thanks, he broke it and said: “This means my body which is in your behalf. Keep doing this in remembrance of me.” He did likewise respecting the cup also, after he had the evening meal, saying: “This cup means the new covenant by virtue of my blood. Keep doing this, as often as you drink it, in remembrance of me.” For as often as you eat this loaf and drink this cup, you keep proclaiming the death of the Lord, until he arrives.