“What are the differences between the Passover and the Lord’s Supper? The apostle Paul referred to “the last supper” of Jesus Christ as “the Lord’s supper” (1 Corinthians 11:20) in teaching Gentile Christians to observe the symbols of Christ’s death. WHEN should the Passover, or the “Lord’s supper” be observed? At the beginning of the fourteenth of Nisan (Abib); coinciding with Jesus’ famous last supper – or at the end of the fourteenth, on the beginning of the fifteenth, when the Jews celebrated the Passover during the time of Christ? Here is the TRUTH about the Passover and the Lord’s supper from the pages of your own Bible!”
In the above noted booklet Garner Ted Armstrong examines in detail the issues of whether, when and in what manner Christians are to observe the Passover (Lord’s Supper) symbols given by Christ to His disciples in the night in which He was betrayed, by close reference to the scriptures.
The day in question was the 14th of Nisan (or Abid), the day that the Jews sacrificed the Passover lambs in the late afternoon – between the two evenings at the end of that day, not the beginning of the day – days then being reckoned from sunset to sunset. The traditional Passover meal was then eaten in the early part of the 15th of Nisan (after dark) and after the lambs had been roasted several hours.
On the night in which He was betrayed, that is the nighttime portion of Nisan 14th, Christ assembled His disciples in an upper room and partook of what would be His Last Supper. During the course of that last meal with His disciples prior to His death He gave the disciples a brand new set of symbols that were to be observed annually as a memorial to Christ’s death. The ceremonial symbols included the foot washing ceremony whereby His disciples would demonstrate humility, as He did, in washing each others feet. The symbols of the bread, representing Christ’s body, and the wine (red) representing His shed blood for mankind, were specifically given as annual observances for His Spirit begotten, converted disciples and to be kept on the same day and at the same time they were given which was the same day as Christ’s death – 14th Nisan.
The Passover service presented in the attached video is from 2003. A few of the then current references to Iraq and the like are now history but in the service Ted Armstrong covers a broad stretch of Bible truths that will never be dated.The Lord’s Supper in 2012 is on Thursday night April 5. Christians who understand that “Christ our Passover is sacrificed for us” will be observing the same symbols that Christ instituted as a memorial to His death on the night He was betrayed. This solemn service has many aspects worth the time to view this video and to read the booklet.