Passover is approaching and most people have no idea what this feast represents. As usual, a spiritual celebration took on a commercial connotation, with the sales of chocolate eggs that have nothing to do with its real meaning.
In Hebrew, Passover is called Pesach, which means passage, so that the people remember when God passed over the houses of the children of Israel in Egypt, delivering them from death.
And it shall be, 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
Jewish people celebrate Passover by throwing a feast that lasts the entire night, where families get together to eat, talk, remember their history, sing, rejoice and every two or three hours, drink a cup of wine. They drink from four cups, each with a specific spiritual significance.
The first is called the Cup of Sanctification, to remember that God brought the people out from under the burdens of the Egyptians. The second is called the Cup of Judgment or Deliverance, to commemorate their deliverance from Egypt. The third is called the Cup of Redemption. The fourth and last cup is called the Cup of Praise or Restoration.
The night 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 said: …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. He knew he had to bear this suffering to save us. This is why it was not possible to pass this cup. Very great is His love for us!
God bless you!