The redemptive work of Jesus is seen in the Unleavened Bread.
1. The unleavened Matzah is striped. Jesus body received many stripes.
“Who Himself bore our sins in His own body on the tree, that we, having died to sins, might live for righteousness–by whose stripes you were healed. 1 Peter 2:24 (NKJV)
2. The unleavened Matzah was pierced. Jesus body was pierced by a Roman soldier’s spear after His death upon the cross.
“But one of the soldiers pierced His side with a spear, and immediately blood and water came out.” John 19:34 (NKJV)
3. The prophet Isaiah makes these stirring statements about the coming Messiah’s broken body…
Surely He has borne our griefs And carried our sorrows; Yet we esteemed Him stricken, Smitten by God, and afflicted. But He was wounded for our transgressions, He was bruised for our iniquities; The chastisement for our peace was upon Him, And by His stripes we are healed. Isaiah 53:4-5 (NKJV)
4. The Afikomen is a picture of Jesus’ redemptive work. The three pieces of Matzah speak to us of the triune God, Father, Son and Holy Spirit. In the Passover service, the Afikomen (the middle piece of matzah) is taken, wrapped, buried, brought forth, broken, distributed and received. Jesus, the Son of God, came from heaven, died upon the cross, was buried, rose from the dead and received by all who believe.
The meaning of the word Afikomen is “He who has come.” Jesus, God’s Son and the promised Messiah, left His home in heaven and came to earth. He humbled Himself and became obedient unto death upon the cross. Three days later He rose from the dead and is now seated at the right hand of the Father. One day, He will come again and reign and rule in righteousness.
5. The bread was unleavened. Leaven, in the bible, is a type of sin. Jesus was without sin.
“For He made Him who knew no sin to be sin for us, that we might become the righteousness of God in Him.” 2 Cor. 5:21 (NKJV)
“Let this mind be in you which was also in Christ Jesus, who, being in the form of God, did not consider it robbery to be equal with God, but made Himself of no reputation, taking the form of a bondservant, and coming in the likeness of men. And being found in appearance as a man, He humbled Himself and became obedient to the point of death, even the death of the cross. Therefore God also has highly exalted Him and given Him the name which is above every name, that at the name of Jesus every knee should bow, of those in heaven, and of those on earth, and those under the earth, and that every tongue should confess that Jesus Christ is Lord, to the glory of God the Father.” Philippians 2:6-11 (NKJV)
6. When Jesus partook of the unleavened bread at the Passover, He made this application regarding His body…
“And as they were eating, Jesus took bread, blessed and broke it, and gave it to the disciples and said, “Take, eat; this is My body.” Matthew 26:26 (NKJV)
Each Tuesday preceding Easter, Roy is featuring a special post from his series “The Passover and How Jesus Fulfilled It.” You can learn more about the significance of the Passover in Roy’s booklet, “I AM” found here. You’ll also find additional items to help celebrate Passover in your home here at DaySpring.com.