Study of Matthew 26:17-30 ~ My answers to study questions
6. a. In Matthew 26:17, Jesus and His disciples were preparing to celebrate the Passover meal during the Feast of Unleavened Bread, a seven-day festival celebrated in conjunction with the Passover. Exodus 12:1-20
b. Exodus 12:27 “It is the sacrifice of the Lord’s Passover, for He passed over the houses of the Israelites in Egypt when He slew the Egyptians but spared our houses. And the people bowed their heads and worshiped.
c. Jesus fulfilled the symbols of Passover:
- Jesus — sacrificial lamb 1 Corinthians 5:7
- Jesus entered Jerusalem on lamb selection day. It was customary for the lamb to be selected five days prior to its sacrifice. John 1:29
- Jesus was without sin or corruption — unleavened bread
- Jesus shed His blood — blood of the lamb
For a more detailed look at the amazing symbolism, go to http://www.godandscience.org/apologetics/passover.html#n23
7. a. The bread and wine of Holy Communion represent:
- Luke 22:19-20—The bread represents Christ’s body. The wine represents the new covenant in Jesus’ blood.
- John 6:51-58—Jesus flesh and blood are eternal life-giving bread and wine.
- 1 Peter 1:19—Jesus precious blood, as of a lamb unblemished and spotless.
- 1 Peter 2:24—Jesus’ sacrificed flesh so that we can die to sin and live to righteousness. Jesus’ wounds healed* us. We are just as healed as we are forgiven. Why is it seemingly so easy to believe for salvation and seemingly so difficult to believe we are healed? Oh us of little faith!
*This verse puts the healing Jesus obtained for us into the past tense. That means if we were healed, then we are healed. We aren’t waiting on God to heal us. He’s already done His part. He is waiting on us to take what He has provided and exercise our authority and command His healing power to manifest in our bodies.” Andrew Wommack’s Living Commentary.
- 1 John 1:7—Jesus’ blood cleanses us from all sin.
b. “do this in remembrance of me,” “in remembrance of me”, and “…you proclaim the Lord’s death until he comes.” reminds us to consider Jesus’ return when we follow His instruction to take Holy Communion together.
c. The above list provides excellent words for offering more specific thanks for all that was accomplished on our behalf. My words will still be inadequate, but much better than I have been doing.