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Explain the Passover feast that Jesus had in Jerusalem

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  • During the meal with the 12 disciples / apostles Jesus told them that this was going to be his last meal with them before his death.
  • He took a cup of wine gave thanks to God and said “Take this and share it among yourselves.
  • I tell you that from now on I will not drink this wine until the Kingdom of God comes.”
  • The cup of wine was his blood that he was going to shed for them.
  • Wine therefore symbolized the blood of Jesus, shed for the purification of humankind and forgiveness of sins.
  • This blood is the New Testament and covenant with Christians.
  • After drinking of wine, He “took a piece of bread, gave thanks to God “ and shared it and told them that the piece of bread represented his body which is “given for them”.
  • He presented his death as a sacrifice whose blood sealed the new covenant.
  • His death replaced the sacrifices of the Old law, those of animals, which sealed the Sinai covenant.
  • The new covenant will be for all people including Gentiles.
  • This is to fulfil God’s promise of salvation for all people.
  • Jesus and disciples ate Passover together so that henceforth Christians would eat the meal together in remembrance of Jesus.
  • Passover was initially taken to remind them of the deliverance from Egypt.
  • But during the last supper, Jesus gave the Passover a new meaning.
  • As they ate, Jesus foretold of his betrayal by one of his disciple.
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