“You know that after two days the Passover is coming, and the Son of Man is to be handed over for crucifixion” (Matthew 26:2).

Not even the cross looming before him could subdue the celebratory spirit of the Passover feast. In fact, what his death and resurrection would subsequently bring about for the church was a meal of another kind; an incarnational communion; a celebration of deliverance from the enslavement of a religion housed in a temple and the stranglehold of the Law. A living and resurrected Christ seeks to replace religious scowls with joyful expressions of hope.

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