Perhaps it is because we tend to refer to this meal as the Last Supper that we lose sight of its connection with the Passover. How is one to contemplate on the deliverance from Egypt, protection from the evil one, atonement from the Holy One, and fellowship with our heavenly Father expressed in a communal meal when we have reduced the whole affair to a tiny cup of juice and a scrap of bread consumed in a cold pew?
Of the five general types of sacrifices (burnt, peace, trespass, grain, and sin), the peace offering resembles the Passover the most. The peace offering is also referred to as the fellowship offering because of the fellowship it brought with God and the company they enjoyed with one another.
It would be a mistake to judge later Passovers by the requirements God gave Moses in Egypt, for there are many differences between them. The original Passover was eaten with feet shod, staff in hand, in expectation of the Exodus. In the days of Jesus, the memorial Passover was eaten while reclining in celebration of their deliverance from slavery and their rest in the Land.
What was the ultimate purpose of the Passover? Was it only for protection from the destroyer? Surely, the plague was …