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Do This In Remembrance of Me: Weekly Communion or Passover?
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Do This In Remembrance of Me: Weekly Communion or Passover?

Do This In Remembrance of Me: Weekly Communion or Passover?

I sometimes hear Christians asking if they have to keep Passover since we are not commanded to do so in the New Testament. Our tradition has taught us that we ought to reenact the elements of the “last supper” weekly (on Sunday) or monthly, or in some churches, quarterly. However, could it be that Yeshua/Jesus wasn’t wanting us to remember the “last supper” but rather, when we would remember Him every time we celebrate the feast of Passover, which He, as God, instituted some 1400 years earlier? Unfortunately, the “do I have to” question is completely is missing the whole point.

My family and I love celebrating the feast of Passover and all of YHWH’s feasts. With the exception of the fast on Yom Kippur, the feasts of YHWH always involve lots of food – you would think that in itself would inspire everyone to take part. However, for the more spiritually minded the best reason is because Yeshua told us to keep it.

And He took bread, gave thanks and broke it, and gave it to them, saying, “This is My body which is given for you; do this in remembrance of Me.” (Luke 22:19)

Yeshua said to “do this” that is a command (yes, it is in the imperative in the Greek). That means that Yeshua expects us to keep it, that is, the Passover, and when we do, we are to think of Him. Paul helped us understand that we Gentiles, who were once far off, aliens from the promises of Israel, have now been brought near by the blood of Messiah, so that we are fellow citizens of the commonwealth of Israel (Eph 2:11-13, 19)

So, if we are in Christ, then we are part of the renewed covenant he made with the house of Israel and the house of Judah (Jer 31:31) and we now have the privilege of partaking in YHWH’s feasts. (Lev 23:2) We get to relive the exodus from Egypt and understand that the ancient Israelites’ deliverance was in fact our deliverance. We get to dramatically relive the amazing things that God did! How He passed through the land (Exod 12:12) and battled against the all the gods of Egypt (Exod 12:12) As we retell the story, we understand that the blood of an animal has been replaced with the blood of Yeshua himself (Exod 12:13; Luke 22:20) so that death will pass over us! We delight in keeping this feast every year (with Yeshua in mind) just as YHWH commanded us: “So this day shall be to you a memorial; and you shall keep it as a feast to YHWH throughout your generations. You shall keep it as a feast by an everlasting ordinance.” (Exod 12:14) Then as we eat unleavened bread for a total of seven days, in accordance with what YHWH said and what Yeshua observed. “Seven days you shall eat unleavened bread. On the first day you shall remove leaven from your houses.” (Exod 12:15) We joyfully follow YHWH’s instructions because we have been grafted into his family and we don’t want to be cut off from his covenant. (Exod 12:15)

Lastly, when we keep the feasts we begin to see how the story of redemption is woven throughout them. Yeshua was crucified on Passover; He was in the tomb during the feast of unleavened bread and rose on the feast of First Fruits. Then the Holy Spirit was poured out on the Feast of Weeks (Pentecost). Lastly, the fall feasts hold insight as to what will happen in the future. The likely scenario is that Yeshua will return on the feast of Trumpets (the day for which no one knows the day or hour) (1Thess 5; 2Pet 3:10) followed by judgment of the nations on the day of Yom Kippur. The grand culmination of all things will fall on the Feast of Tabernacles (Sukkot) when YHWH will dwell among his people forever (Ezek 43:7)

So, do we have to keep the feasts in order to be saved? I dont’ know. But really that is asking the wrong question: The better question is when is the next feast and what are we eating?

Happy Passover!

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  2. Christopher Laing

    Hey Doug, If you believe that we should remember the Master as He commands us to do and the Master observed the Sabbath as set down in the garden on the 7th day of the week how do you then arrive at doing this on the Roman Catholic pagan SUNday.
    History teaches that the NT meetings were observed on the Sabbath Day well into the mid 5th century until Rome succeeded in all but wiping out the true believers.
    There is no verse in the Scriptures that authenticates the changing of the weekly observance from the 7th Day Sabbath to the 8th Day pagan SUNday and the Roman Catholic Church has an outstanding offer of $100,000.00 dollars for anyone who can prove this from the Scriptures. They claim it as THEIR ecclesiastical mark of authority.
    The fact that the apostles met on the 1st day of the week to break bread is not indicative that the day had been changed, it is just part of the verse. The Scriptures also states that they broke bread from house to house daily as well so how do you then take this into the equation and arrive at a SUNday weekly observance day?
    The Master himself observed the biblical Sabbath while He sojourned on this planet as was His custom and only ever asked them to remember Him in His death and shed blood NOT His resurrection as Rome holds to and many “protestant ” meetings do to this day.
    The Waldenses, the Huguenots, the Ethiopians and many other true believers were still observing the biblical Sabbath when Rome attempted to annihilate them for this and their refusal to accept papal Rome as being authoritative in man’s religious matters with Yahuwah God.
    Paul was preaching in Act’s 13 to those of Antioch in Pisida on the Sabbath and when he had finished and the Jews went out the Gentiles besought him to include them next Sabbath.
    Why didn’t Paul just tell them to come back tomorrow, on Sunday, but instead he bade them to continue in the grace of Yahuwah God and he returned next Sabbath and preached to the whole city.
    Is not this very issue of what the battle of Armageddon is to be about, the issue of worship and what day to worship on based on Yahuwah’s mark of authority, the 4th Commandment or Rome’s eccelesiastical mark of authority, the pagan SUNday?
    I realize that our true Sabbath rest is in the Master concerning our salvation but the impending creation of a mandatory SUNday Law created by Rome for a world day of rest and worship can not be ignored in light of the observance of the biblical Sabbath combined with Satan’s desire to have worship for himself on the pagan SUNday in spite of the clear teaching of the 4th Commandment.
    I do not believe that you can pick and choose or teach which days one observes and exclude others such as the biblical Sabbath Day of rest of creation. And no, I’m not a Seventh Day Adventist, I simply try and follow the clear teachings of the word of Yahuwah God and the history that’s available on this subject that clearly shows that the true biblical Sabbath Day of rest was lost to all but a very few group of believers and is only now being rejuvenated as more truth is revealed as is promised to happen in these last days combined with Rome’s plans to change times and laws especially concerning the mandatory implementation of papal pagan SUNday worship.

  3. The Lord has let me see the things I’ve been missing by not having full understanding of the whole word. I’m really thankful for Doug’s honesty that in these days we just have clearer understanding. I too have been being blasted for daring to go against the mainline teaching. Jesus said it would happen.

  4. To Stormcloud; My answer to your question, would be, for the same reason one celebrates their wedding anniversary, and their children’s birthdays. These “events have already happened, and people want to recall the joy of them, and their continuing joy in their lives. We celebrate Passover because it happened and continues to bring us Joy. We have Passed Over from death to life, because Yeshua ever liveth and ever continues to make intercession for us. So if you celebrate your own, and-or others birthdays and anniversaries, you could ask yourself the same question. Why do I do it? ….and you can still celebrate our Savior God, our spouses and our children everyday, as well…… But recalling the initial event provides deeper meaning, as the years pass, and memories fade, and daily living, crowds out the meaning, and the memories.

  5. My understanding of the Feasts of God is that they were intended to be a foreshadowing of Jesus. And now that Jesus has fulfilled the first 4 Feasts, Passover, Unleavened Bread, First Fruits and Weeks (Pentecost) and given the fact that we are in a new covenant, why then are we to partake in the foreshadowing that has already been fulfilled?

    • Doug has gone back and misunderstood and misapplied Scripture. We are IN CHRIST not IN Israel. Jesus is the fulfillment of the Tabernacle, it’s priesthood, it’s feasts, it’s ordinances. If one would read the books of Hebrews and Galatians one would see that we don’t have to celebrate Passover and the feasts, just like we don’t have to kill a bull for our atonement for the removal of our sins. If you want to go back under the law then do it completely…just TRY to earn your salvation by obeying the law…just try it!

    • Your understanding is correct, Stormcloud…Doug has turned away from the truth of Scripture and has gone by way of the heresy of the Hebrew Roots cult. I used to love his teaching BEFORE he went astray, but I no longer listen to his stuff…that’s all it is, just empty Jewish Roots stuff. He mocks the “Greek” mindset, but God wrote the New Testament in Greek…HELLO!!! Read Hebrews again and again and again until you see that Jesus ended the feasts, priesthood and all the law, because they are the types and shadows of HIM and His life and ministry.

      • Matthew 5:18King James Version (KJV)

        18 For verily I say unto you, Till heaven and earth pass, one jot or one tittle shall in no wise pass from the law, till all be fulfilled.

        1 John 3:4King James Version (KJV)
        4 Whosoever committeth sin transgresseth also the law: for sin is the transgression of the law.
        Yeshua fulfilled the law of sin and death. He did NOT do away with His Fathers law. Are we to throw out the 10 Commandments. Pray for YHWH to open your eyes

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