Calvin and the Passover

Today is Maundy Thursday, when the Christian Church traditionally celebrates the Last Supper of Jesus and His disciples. The story of the passover is recorded in Exodus 12 and contains very graphic imagery. This was such a monumental event in the history of Israel that it became a tradition to observe this yearly. The passover meal has distinct, very symbolic language and actions, all of which hinge on the deliverance of Israel through the sacrifice of the passover lamb. Included in the meal are 4 cups of wine that are passed around, recounting promises made and fulfilled by God (Exodus 6:6-8): (1) “I will take you out of Egypt”, (2) “I will deliver you from Egyptian slavery”, (3) “I will redeem you with a demonstration of my power”, and (4) “I will acquire you as a nation”. A fifth cup is poured, but the wine is not consumed by those observing passover. This cup is reserved for the Messiah, the redemption of humanity. All passover info above came not from in depth study, but from a few internet searches. Please feel free to correct me if that is incorrect.

It is clear in the New Testament that Jesus came to be the ultimate passover lamb. If you need scripture proofs of this, please let know, but a serious review of the New Testament will prove this point. Prior to his arrest, in the Garden of Gethsemane, Jesus prays about the cup that is placed in front of Him. Taking this cup is symbolic in that it is his blood (wine) that will be shed, but it is also a metaphor for the path that was prepared for Him. (An additional, simple synopsis can be found here). So, how does this (probably not very good) synopsis of the Passover and Last supper relate to today’s Calvin and Hobbes? What did Christ accomplish on the cross? He bore the entirety of our sin past, present, and future and thus recieved the punishment for that sin. What that must have looked like is incomprehensable. Jesus took the thermos half -full of milk, jelly sandwich, and banana that is our sin and he didn’t just choke it down.

Hebrews 12:1-2

1Therefore, since we are surrounded by so great a cloud of witnesses, let us also lay aside every weight, and sin which clings so closely, and let us run with endurance the race that is set before us, 2looking to Jesus, the founder and perfecter of our faith, who for the joy that was set before him endured the cross, despising the shame, and is seated at the right hand of the throne of God.

I don’t know why Susie continues to sit next to Calvin at lunch, but she rightly leaves at this point. Funny what Calvin notes: “Nobody likes my great ideas in action.” I bet there were a few times in the ministry of Christ when He could have said the same thing…


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