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June 28, 2022

The Passover Replaced by the Lord's Supper (1)

Mark 14:12 And on the first day of the Feast of Unleavened Bread, when they sacrificed the passover, His disciples said to Him, Where do You want us to go and prepare so that You may eat the passover? 22 And as they were eating, He took bread and blessed it, and He broke it and gave it to them, and said, Take; this is My body. 23 And He took a cup and gave thanks, and He gave it to them; and they all drank of it. 24 And He said to them, This is My blood of the covenant, which is being poured out for many.

[Part 1 of 2] After the Lord Jesus enjoyed a feast in Bethany, He partook of the feast of the Passover and then instituted His supper as a replacement of the Passover (14:12-26). The Lord charged two of His disciples to prepare what was needed for the feast of the Passover (vv. 12-16). In the history of God's economy [plan], that was the last feast of Passover, for from that time the feast of Passover was replaced by the Lord's table. This indicates that the old dispensation has been replaced by a new dispensation. Therefore, we today do not have the feast of Passover; instead, we have the Lord's table, the Lord's supper. As we shall see, the Lord instituted His supper with bread and a cup. This indicates His death, His resurrection, the Lord Himself, and His enlargement, that is, His Body. The Lord, His death and resurrection, and His enlargement will eventually issue in the kingdom of God. In the Jewish calendar, which was according to their Scripture, a day began with the evening (Gen. 1:5). In the night, the beginning of the last Passover day, the Slave- Savior first ate the Passover feast with His disciples and instituted His supper for them (vv. 12-25). Then He went with the disciples to the Garden of Gethsemane at the Mount of Olives (vv. 26-42). There He was arrested and brought to the high priest, where He was judged by the Sanhedrin late in the night (vv. 43-72). In the morning of the same day, He was delivered to Pilate to be judged by him and was sentenced to death (15:1-15). Then He was brought to Golgotha and crucified there beginning from the third hour [9am] in the morning, and He remained on the cross until the ninth hour [3pm] in the afternoon (15:16-41), for the fulfillment of the type of the Passover (Exo. 12:6-11). [Continued tomorrow] (c) Living Stream Ministry.

Bible verses are taken from the Recovery Version of the Bible and Words of Ministry from Witness Lee, Life-study of Mark, pp. 371-372. Both are published by Living Stream Ministry, Anaheim, CA. Please visit us at www.emanna.com. Send comments to: comment@emanna.com.

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