“While they were eating, Yeshua took a piece of matzah, made the b’rakhah, broke it, gave it to the talmidim and said, “Take! Eat! This is my body!” Also, he took a cup of wine, made the b’rakhah, and gave it to them, saying, “All of you, drink from it! For this is my blood, which ratifies the New Covenant, my blood shed on behalf of many, so that they may have their sins forgiven. I tell you, I will not drink this ‘fruit of the vine’ again until the day I drink new wine with you in my Father’s Kingdom.” (Matthew 26:26-29 CJB).
The third cup of Passover is what we Christians call Communion. Before the third cup is received, we partake of the Afikomen. The Afikomen is the middle piece of three that are kept in a special three-part covering. The middle matzah is taken out, placed in another pouch, hidden, and searched for after the meal, followed by the third cup. The Afikomen and the third cup became the Christian Communion celebration. But the order of the Passover meal is clear; Jesus did not institute a new thing called Communion or The Lord’s Supper. Jesus was fulfilling Passover, and when we sit down at the Passover table, we are doing what Jesus did; we are fulfilling the command of the Torah and the Command of Jesus.
The third cup symbolizes redemption and the forgiveness of sin, yet there is still more. This cup also reminds us of the splitting of the Red Sea and the beginning of miracles. Exodus 6:6-7 CJB “Therefore, say to the people of Isra’el: ‘I am Adonai. I will free you from the forced labor of the Egyptians, rescue you from their oppression, and redeem you with an outstretched arm and with great judgments. 7 I will take you as my people, and I will be your God. Then you will know that I am Adonai your God, who freed you from the forced labor of the Egyptians.”
Each of the four Passover cups represents God’s plan’s completeness. He sanctifies us, delivers us, redeems us, and we praise Him. We become His people, and He is our God.
2 Corinthians 6:14-7:1 AMPC “Do not be unequally yoked with unbelievers [do not make mismated alliances with them or come under a different yoke with them, inconsistent with your faith]. For what partnership have right living and right standing with God with iniquity and lawlessness? Or how can light have fellowship with darkness?
15 What harmony can there be between Christ and Belial [the devil]? Or what has a believer in common with an unbeliever? 16 What agreement [can there be between] a temple of God and idols? For we are the temple of the living God; even as God said, I will dwell in and with and among them and will walk in and with and among them, and I will be their God, and they shall be My people. 17 So, come out from among [unbelievers], and separate (sever) yourselves from them, says the Lord, and touch not [any] unclean thing; then I will receive you kindly and treat you with favor, 18 And I will be a Father to you, and you shall be My sons and daughters, says the Lord Almighty. 7:1 Therefore, since these [great] promises are ours, beloved, let us cleanse ourselves from everything that contaminates and defiles body and spirit, and bring [our] consecration to completeness in the [reverential] fear of God.”
1 Corinthians 5:7-8 CJB “Get rid of the old hametz, so that you can be a new batch of dough, because in reality you are unleavened. For our Pesach lamb, the Messiah, has been sacrificed. 8 So let us celebrate the Seder not with leftover hametz, the hametz of wickedness and evil, but with the matzah of purity and truth.”
Passover is a Feast of the Lord, an appointed time to meet with God. It is a time to celebrate our freedom from the bondage of sin, honor the Lord Jesus, and remember all that our spiritual forefathers endured in Egypt.
We have been redeemed, we are being sanctified, we are being delivered, so let us continually praise the Lord!