The New Passover
“Behold I make all things new” (Rev. 21:5)
“Now on the first day of the Feast of Unleavened Bread the disciples came to Jesus, saying to Him, 'Where do You want us to prepare for You to eat the Passover?” (Matt. 26:17).
The disciples had in mind the old Passover (Hebr. 'pesah') which needed to be kept according to the law. Therefore, they were to prepare the venue according to the Jewish custom. However, when they assembled for the celebration, they became aware that the Lord Jesus was bringing in something new.
“Behold, I will do a new thing, Now it shall spring forth.” (Isaiah 43:19)
In this gathering in the Guest Room, our Lord brought about the fulfilment of what God had planned and promised through the prophecies. No more shadows, but the very image of God's great redemption. They heard the Lord saying, “For this is My blood of the new covenant, which is shed for many for the remission of sins.” (Matt. 6:28) and that “New wine must be put into new wineskins.” (Luke 5:38)
A common ground underlies the old testament and the new testament Passovers, viz., magnificent divine deliverances - one from slavery in Egypt, the other from the dominion of sin. “Our God is the God of salvation; and to God the Lord belong escapes from death.” (Ps. 68:20)
One day man is under the sentence of death, and the next the condemned is told, “There is therefore now no condemnation to those who are in Christ Jesus.” (Rom. 8:1) Contrasting the two deliverances, we see that the first one was a commemoration of a once-off experience, while the other brought about an endless and eternal salvation.
Believers have every reason to be moved with a “joy inexpressible and full of glory” (I Peter 1:8), for “My heart shall rejoice in Your salvation” (Ps. 13:5) and He says to us “Your joy no one will take from you.” (John 16:22)