(Jesus said) "For I tell you I will not eat it until it is fulfilled in the kingdom of God" (Luke 22:16).
Read Luke 22:16-18.
First, Jesus shocks His disciples by saying He will soon suffer. Then He tells them He will not eat the Passover again until it is fulfilled in God's kingdom. They knew that the first Passover occurred long ago when the angel of death had struck down the firstborn in Egypt, but passed over all those houses marked with the blood of the Passover lamb. The act was completed more than 1,400 years before, but Jesus tells them it still isn't fulfilled.
In the original Passover only the firstborn were in danger. But all of us are slaves of sin and under the curse of hell. Not even the blood of all those Passover lambs could save us from eternal death. Only the blood of the Lamb of God, shed on the cross, can do that. Whoever is shielded by Christ's blood on Judgment Day, will watch the angel of death pass over and will spend eternity with Him in heaven.
The next time Jesus will eat the Passover it will be a memorial feast in heaven, looking back on His completed sacrifice. Each time we receive Holy Communion, we partake of that meal, celebrating the new Passover, remembering His sacrifice for us, and eating the body and blood of the Lamb of God who takes away the sin of the world.
THE PRAYER: Lord Jesus, keep me firm in this faith until You bring me to heaven to share Your great Passover feast. And throughout my days on this earth, work through me to bring many others to saving faith that they too may share this eternal feast with You in heaven. Amen.
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