6th April 2017

Christ, Our Passover

“For indeed Christ, our Passover, was sacrificed for us.”
1 Corinthians 5:7 (NKJV)

Let us not pass-over, or by pass, the great event that took place in Egypt nearly 4000 years ago, when God delivered Israel out of the slavery of Pharaoh. It took 10 plagues, described in Exodus to shake him out of his stubbornness, arrogance and pride resisting God. Passover was the last and final plague, one so terrible that every first born of both humans and animals were killed as the Lord passed over the land, sparing the Israelites who obeyed when they were instructed to kill the lamb on the 14th of Abib and put the blood on the doorposts and the lintel. See Exodus 12). Verse 11 calls it the Lord’s Passover.

Many may have forgotten the Old Testament Passover, but God reminds His people that Jesus, our Passover, was prepared as the Lamb of God to take away the sin of the world (John 1:29). He died on the cross after His body was shredded by the stripes and scourging and the blood gushed out as the spear pierced His side. All these things happened to Him as prophesied.

However, He left us an example. As it was His last Passover, at what we now call the Lord’s Supper He taught the disciples to wash each others feet in demonstration of humility and to participate in eating His flesh and drinking His blood symbolically by taking the emblems of a piece of bread and a little wine in remembrance of His death (1 Corinthians 11:23-26, John 6:53-59 & John 13:14-17). In Egypt as the Israelites put the blood of the lamb on their doorposts and the lentil, this looked forward to the New Testament of Jesus’ blood, sprinkled upon the doors of our hearts so that our conscience is purged and all our sins cleansed by His blood (Hebrews 9:14 and 1 John 1:7). The wages of sin is death but the free gift of God is eternal life in Christ Jesus our Lord. Let us look forward to the coming Lord’s Supper in 2017 to remind us of the death of our Saviour, lest we forget the painful and utterly shameful death on the cross that took place nearly 2000 years ago because of our sins.

God the Father, sending His beloved Son as the Lamb of God is one of the greatest gifts to mankind to pay the ransom on our behalf. We do not deserve this grace, yet God has chosen us by His grace to give us eternal life through His beloved Son. Jesus Christ our Passover died willingly to save us. We read in Hebrews 12:1-2, “Therefore we also, since we are surrounded by so great a cloud of witnesses, let us lay aside every weight, and the sin which so easily ensnares us, and let us run with endurance the race that is set before us, looking unto Jesus, the author and finisher of our faith, who for the joy that was set before Him endured the cross, despising the shame, and has sat down at the right hand of the throne of God.”

Prayer
Father in heaven, You saw Your Son die on the cross for our sins on our behalf. I thank You and our Saviour for this great sacrifice. In Jesus name I praise You and love You.
Amen

Study by Natu Moti

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About the Author:
Natu Moti is a Deacon in the Birmingham Congregation of the Worldwide Church of God.

Local Congregation:
Worldwide Church of God Birmingham
All Saints Church
George Road
BIRMINGHAM B23 7QB

Meeting Time:
Saturday 1pm

Local Congregational Contact:
David Gibbs
Phone: 01213420609 (answer phone)
Mobile: 07974440580
Email: david_gibbs@wcg.org.uk

 

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