Passover is approaching and most people do not have the slightest idea what this feast represents. As usual, this spiritual celebration took on a commercial connotation, with the sales of chocolate eggs, which has nothing to do with its real meaning.
In Hebrew, Passover is Pesach, which means passage, so the people would remember when God passed over the houses of the children of Israel in Egypt, delivering them from death.
When your children say to you, ‘What do you mean by this service?’ you shall say, ‘It is the Passover sacrifice of the Lord, who passed over the houses of the children of Israel in Egypt when He struck the Egyptians and delivered our households.’ Exodus 12.26-27
The Jewish Passover celebration is a feast that lasts all night long, where families come together to eat, talk, recall their history, sing, rejoice, and every two or three hours, drink a cup of wine. They drink four cups, each one with a different spiritual meaning.
The first is called the cup of sanctification, to remind them of when their people were slaves in Egypt. The second is called the cup of deliverance, which is to celebrate the people’s deliverance from Egypt. The third is called the cup of redemption. The fourth and last is called the cup of praise.
On the night that the Lord Jesus was arrested, before going to the Mount of Olives, He was celebrating Passover. He drank from the first 3 cups and left before the feast ended. This is why He says: …My Father, if it is possible, let this cup pass from Me! Nevertheless, not as I will, but as You will. Matthew 26.39
This was the fourth cup, the cup of praise. He knew that He was going to endure suffering before being able to praise God. This is why it was not possible to let this cup pass from Him. His love for us is truly great!
God bless you!