Christ: Our Unleavened Passover Bread
“And they shall take of the blood, and strike it on the two side posts and on the upper door post of the houses, wherein they shall eat it. And they shall eat the flesh in that night, roast with fire, and unleavened bread...” - (Ex.12:7,8).
“Now the feast of unleavened bread drew nigh, which is called the Passover. And the chief priests and scribes sought how they might kill him; for they feared the people. And he took bread, and gave thanks, and brake it, and gave unto them, saying, this is my body which is given for you: this do in remembrance of me. Likewise also the cup after supper, saying, This cup is the new testament in my blood, which is shed for you” - (Lk.22:1,2,19,20).
In my first sermon entitled ‘Christ our Passover Lamb,’ I dealt mostly with the blood of Christ, symbolized by the grape juice or unfermented wine. In this sermon I deal mostly with the body of Christ, symbolized by the unleavened, unfermented bread. When we partake of the Lord’s Supper in remembrance of Christ’s supreme sacrifice on the cross for the sins of the world, we must use unleavened wine and bread. On that day no Jew could have anything with leaven in their entire house - (Ex.12:15). The Passover feast became the Lord’s supper.
(Ex.12) is one of the greatest pictures of the crucifixion found in the Bible. The feast of unleavened bread and the Passover is one feast. The Passover lamb was killed and its blood placed around the door and then they ate the roasted lamb with unleavened bread on the evening of the 14th day. And on the same day when the Passover was being killed, the Lord Jesus was killed on the cross for the sins of the world. The Jewish day begins at sundown and ends on the next sundown, in accordance with God’s day - “...And the evening and the morning were the first day” - (Gen.1:5). So Christ, drank the grape juice and ate the unleavened bread on the evening of the 14th day and was crucified during the same day.
Leaven shows the contamination and infection of sin increasing and spreading in us and society. Not only were the Jews required to eat unleavened bread, they were to cleanse their whole house of leaven, and so our whole ‘body house’ is cleansed when we’re saved and born again by Christ. We, the body of Christ, are the house, the tabernacle and the temple of God - “Know ye not that ye are the temple of God, and that the Spirit of God dwelleth in you?” - (I Cor.3:16). Yes, Christ is our unleavened Passover bread of life.
The Lord Jesus Christ is the unleavened bread of God, the manna, come down to earth from heaven, as God’s remedy for death from sin. He is the sinless Passover Lamb of God, totally free from the leaven of sin. “For he hath made him to be sin for us, who knew no sin: that we might be made the righteousness of God in him” - (2 Cor.5:21). Again “But with the precious blood of Christ, as of a Lamb without blemish and without spot” - (I Pet.1:19). Jesus said - “I am the living bread which came down from heaven: if any man eat of this bread, he shall live forever: and the bread that I will give is my flesh, which I will give for the life of the world” - (Jn.6:51). And when you are saved by Christ and born again of the Holy Spirit, you have - “... Christ in you, the hope of glory” - (Col.1:27). You have eternal life. Spiritually you have swallowed or eaten Christ, who is the spiritual bread of life, not physical bread.
Jesus warns us of one particular sinful leaven, which is false doctrine. “...beware of the leaven of the Pharisees and of the Sadducees” - (Mt.16:6). We must beware of those religious leaders who are outwardly religious, but on the inside are full of corruption, and they spue forth deadly doctrine that will damn people in hell. The human mind has a natural disposition to believe false doctrine and false teachers. “...even as there shall be false teachers among you, who privily shall bring in damnable heresies... And many shall follow their pernicious (deadly) ways; by reason of whom the way of truth shall be evil spoken of” - (2 Pet.2:1,2). I know all about this deadly doctrine of religious leaders as I grew up in the Catholic church. I was taught the abominable sin of idolatry from a child by Catholic Fathers and nuns. And not once was I told that I needed to receive Christ as my Savior by repentance of sin and belief in Christ in my heart by faith. I was told that if I confessed my sins to a priest and made an altar call and stuck out my tongue and the priest placed a bread wafer on it, that I was receiving Christ. They said that the piece of bread was Christ and I must continually receive Him. We must beware of the leaven, the deadly doctrine of Catholic leaders, who pervert the gospel of Christ. “Then understood they how that he bade them not beware of the leaven of bread, but of the doctrine of the Pharisees and of the Sadducees” - (Mt.16:12).
In the Church of Corinth there was a fornicator and the church did not put him out of the church and Paul said - “... know ye not that a little leaven leaveneth the whole lump? Purge out therefore the old leaven, that ye may be a new lump, as ye are unleavened. For even Christ our Passover is sacrificed for us: Therefore let us keep the feast, not with old leaven, neither with the leaven of malice and wickedness; but with the unleavened bread of sincerity and truth” - (I Cor.5:6-8). If the church did not discipline the fornicator, it would spread like evil leaven and teach the rest of the flock and the unbelievers, that fornication was acceptable and not a sin. Most of our churches today allow fornicators in their membership with no discipline whatsoever. Church members are living together without being married and church leaders are practicing sodomites. There is almost no preaching against this filthy sin from the pulpits. No wonder this U.S. is a great whore - it’s the leaven, amen. In fact, ‘yeast infection’ is (an infection of the female genital tract that is caused by a yeast fungus).
The unleavened bread of the Passover also teaches us freedom from the bondage of sins. “If the Son therefore shall make you free, ye shall be free indeed” - (Jn.8:36). As the Israelites were set free from Egyptian slavery at the first Passover. And so on the day of Passover when Christ was crucified, Pilate gave the Jews a choice to free Christ or Bar-abbas, and they chose Bar-abbas, who had committed insurrection and murder. They freed the murderer, and murdered the life-giver, the Lord of glory. People with the last name of ‘Levin’ are usually Jewish; and most of the Jews rejected Christ, the unleavened bread of the Passover, when He came.
The wicked U.S. is spreading sin worldwide and this leaven is growing worse every year, and very soon we will lose our freedom and the end result will be persecution and imprisonment, and death to the saints of God who stand against these wicked sins, and especially the sins of fornication and sodomy. The police and army will come against us as the Nazis came against the Jews. Instead of laws against fornication, there will be laws against Christian’s who refuse to go along with the wicked laws condoning it, and preach against it.
Leavenworth, Kansas shows us this very clearly - I said ‘Leaven-worth.’ Leavenworth, KS. is a city in northeastern Kansas situated on the Missouri River. There Fort Leavenworth, an army post, was established in 1827. Leavenworth is the host of many prisons, including the Leavenworth federal prison which the city is most famous for, and several smaller prisons, including the military’s primary prison, the U.S. Disciplinary Barracks. It’s also the birth place of the mother of President Barrack Obama. Kansas is our wheat-growing state and the breadbasket of the U.S. It also makes much flour and is the ‘heartland’ of our nation. Wheat, flour and leaven go together, and Topeka, the capital, is 40 miles away and its zip-code starts with 666. The Antichrist-Beast, Mr. 666, is soon to come. Leavenworth, KS. is God’s warning to U.S. of our leaven of sin that will soon destroy U.S. Like with Bar-abbas , the U.S. will soon let the wicked go free and imprison the saints of God. As Paul told us - “... And many of the saints did I shut up in prison, having received authority from the chief priests; and when they were put to death, I gave my voice against them” - (Acts 26:12). Soon will come the tribulation and we are warned - “Fear none of these things which thou shalt suffer: behold, the devil shall cast some of you into prison, that ye may be tried: and ye shall have tribulation ten days: be thou faithful unto death, and I will give thee a crown of life” - (Rev.2:10).
The body of Christ was dead for three days in the tomb during the feast of unleavened bread, and then He ‘raised’ from the dead like a loaf of bread. The body of Christ, the Church, is unleavened and cleansed from sin by the blood of Christ. Then God places in us the pure leaven of the Holy Spirit that also works like leaven and spreads godliness and righteousness - (Mt.13:33). And God will also ‘raise’ us also like a loaf of bread. We are washed in the Passover Lamb's blood and unleavened of sin and indwelt by the Holy Spirit that ‘raises’ us from death. “And if Christ be in you, the body is dead because of sin; but the Spirit is life because of righteousness. But if the Spirit of him that raised up Jesus from the dead dwell in you, he that raised up Christ from the dead shall also quicken your mortal bodies by his spirit that dwelleth in you” - (Rom.8:10,11).
Has your leaven of sin been purged out of you? Have you been saved and born again by the Holy Spirit and become a new lump - a new creature in Christ? If not, repent of your sins and believe in Christ in your heart by faith. When God sees the blood of His dear Son, the Passover Lamb, applied to your heart by faith, He will pass over and spare you from the second death in the lake of fire and give you eternal life. “And death and hell were cast into the lake of fire. This is the second death. And whosoever was not found written in the book of life was cast into the lake of fire” - (Rev.20:14,15). Have you been born again? Is your name written there? O do not spurn the love and grace of God’s beloved Son on the cross or the wrath of God abides upon you. Be an unleavened, saved wheat and not a leavened chaff fit only for the lake of fire. Christ, our unleavened Passover bread, is returning soon and both Jews and Gentiles will eat the bitter herbs if they have rejected Him. “They shall be burnt with hunger, and devoured with burning heat, and with bitter destruction...” - (Du.32:24).
Pastor Mike Storti
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Tucson, AZ 85705
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