Robert McLaughlin Bible Ministries

Why we don’t celebrate Palm Sunday, plus a Passover Special.

Sunday, April 13, 2003

JOH 4:22 “You worship that which you do not know”

The branch of the palm tree is the sign of Messiahship, JER 23:5-6; ZEC 3:8; 6:12-13; ISA 11:1, but it is to be used as a form of worship in the beginning of the Millennial reign!

Passover began on the first month of the Jewish calendar, April 14, 1441 B.C., EXO 12:1-14.
LEV 23:5 In the first month, on the fourteenth day of the month at twilight is the Lord’s Passover.

Passover is the oldest celebration we have today – 3,500 years old.
This feast portrayed the work of Christ on the cross with emphasis on redemption.

Leaven is yeast used to make bread rise and is found in bread, cakes, cookies etc.

Turn to MAT 16:6

GAL 5:9 a little leaven leavens the whole lump of dough.

There could be no yeast and the leaven would be burnt in the fire representing the judgment of sin.

Turn to 1CO 5:6

After the leaven is cleaned out, the next procedure is to get out the special white linen cloths that go with the meal.
White linen = perfect righteousness, REV 1:14; REV 3:5; REV 19:7-8.

MAT 17:2 and He was transfigured before them; and His face shone like the sun, and His garments became as white as light.

White dishes are used which were not used throughout the rest of the year.
The white linen, white plates, and white candles are used to create an atmosphere of purity.

God chose a woman, Mary, to bring us Christ our Passover, therefore a woman still brings the light to the Passover celebration.

“Blessed art Thou O Lord our God, King of the universe, who has exalted us among all people and bade us to kindle the Passover lights.”

The first cup is called the cup of sanctification and it sanctifies the table and all of the preparations.

After the first cup, the father takes three loaves of the unleavened bread and places them in a special white linen envelope which has three compartments.

In a special ceremony of his own, the father removes the middle loaf from its compartment, breaks it, wraps it in a separate piece of white linen, and hides it away or “buries” it somewhere.

1. Why is this night distinguished from all other nights because on this night we eat only unleavened bread?

Unleavened bread symbolizes purity from sin.

2. On all other nights we may eat any kind of herbs, but on this night only bitter herbs. Why?

The bitter herbs remind the Jews of the bitterness of slavery in Egypt.

3. On all other nights we do not dip in the bowl, but tonight we dip twice. Why?

This is the dipping, by which the Lord Jesus Christ identified His betrayer, Judas, when He said the “one who dips with Me shall betray Me.”

First dip – Israel going into the Red Sea and coming out unharmed.

Second dip – the Egyptian army who tried to follow them.

4. On this night we all recline in our chairs at the table. Why?

Reclining in the chairs = freedom.

As the father is telling about the bitterness of slavery, he serves each person horseradish from the center plate and they take the bread and take a bite of the horseradish.

As he talks about the lamb, he gestures to the unbroken shank bone of the lamb.

The second cup at the Passover is spilled into the individual plates in front of each person, a drop at a time.

The most wonderful and touchingly symbolic part of all, the third cup – the cup of redemption.

Afikomin [desert] – “the arrival” – The Lord Jesus Christ, as the bread of life.

The three loaves represent the “Trinity,” and the middle one represents God the Son.

The bread was wrapped in white linen and buried, as was the body of Jesus.

Turn to JOH 6:35

In the actual ceremony, the father breaks off pieces from the loaf and passes the pieces around the table.

Turn to MAT 26:26

“Blessed art Thou O Lord our God, King of the universe who brings forth bread from the earth.”

He picked the bread from the floor – the earth, and said, “This is my body” – a prophecy that bringing forth bread from the earth represented our Lord’s resurrection as the bread of life.

He was born in Bethlehem – “house of bread.”

The matzoh bread represents our Lord’s body.
It has stripes, “by His stripes we are healed,” ISA 53:5.

The bread is pierced through with holes.
ZEC 12:10 “they will look on Me whom they have pierced;”

“Blessed art Thou, O Lord our God, King of the universe, Creator of the fruit of the vine.”

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