And Jesus said unto them, I am the bread of life: he that cometh to me shall never hunger; and he that believeth on me shall never thirst. John 6:35
Jesus was removed from between the two thieves who were crucified with Him, wrapped in linen, and buried in the earth.
Toward the end of the Passover Seder, the twelfth step to the service is called Tzafun . During Tzafun , the afikomen that was previously buried is redeemed and ransomed. At this point in the service, the matzah , previously characterized as the bread of affliction, is now transformed and redeemed. This is a perfect picture of Jesus , who fulfilled the role of the suffering Messiah. He suffered affliction while dying on the tree, but was later redeemed when GOD the Father resurrected him. In the Passover Seder service, the children redeem the afikomen . The children who find the buried (hidden) afikomen receive a gift. This gift is known as "the promise of the father" . Likewise, when GOD resurrected Jesus after He was buried in the earth, those who believed upon Him by faith are given gifts by GOD. When Jesus ascended to Heaven, He gave gifts to men.
But unto every one of us is given grace according to the measure of the gift of Christ. Wherefore he saith, When he ascended up on high, he led captivity captive, and gave gifts unto men. Ephesians 4:7-8
These gifts included righteousness, eternal life, grace, faith, and other spiritual gifts. Some other gifts include wisdom, knowledge, healing, the working of miracles, prophecy, the discerning of spirits, tongues, and interpretation of tongues, helps and the gift of administration.
Rabbis cannot agree on the significance of this unusual observance, or its origins. Some believe the three pieces of matzah in the matzahtosh represent three crowns of learning. Others believe it represents the three patriarchs: Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob. Still others believe it symbolizes the three types of people in Israel: the priests, the Levites, and the commoners. Yet through the eyes of the Gospels we see another explanation. Jewish and Gentile people who believe in Jesus have often seen in the afikomen a striking picture of the Trinity of GOD. In the three folds of the matzahtosh there is a picture of the Father, Son, and Holy Spirit. That the middle matzah-represented by the Son, our Messiah-is pierced, broken, wrapped in linen, hidden, and ransomed (the price paid), and then brought back for the family to accept and enjoy seems too deliberate to easily dismiss. While the symbolism of this ritual remains a mystery to those who have not accepted Jesus, through "saved" eyes the meaning is plain, clear and powerful.
When Jesus said of the unleavened bread, "Take, eat; this is My body," He was not instituting an empty ritual. He was identifying Himself personally with both the matzah and the Passover lamb, bringing to mind the words of the prophet Isaiah.
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. All we like sheep have gone astray; we have turned, every one, to his own way; and the Lord has laid on Him the iniquity of us all. He was oppressed and He was afflicted, yet He opened not His mouth; He was led as a lamb to the slaughter, and as a sheep before its shearers is silent, so He opened not His mouth Isaiah 53:4-7.
In fulfillment of this anticipation of a prophet in Israel, those who believe in Jesus believe that when we share in the bread of Communion and Passover, we share in Christ, who became our matzah. He was broken on our behalf to become our bread. In Mid-eastern culture, "bread" is the staff of life, a symbol of all the provisions we need to live.
Interestingly the culture, traditions and celebration of Passover and the Passover Seder accomplish exactly what GOD intended. While the feast and meal celebrate GOD's deliverance of the children of Israel from bondage in Egypt where they were slaves to the Egyptians the understanding of the coming of Jesus and the role that He would play in redeeming and restoring man is easily seen. What started with death in Egypt was finished in Jerusalem, at Calvary, giving life to all those who would believe.