Wednesday, July 30, 2014

Passover Memorial

The Lord’s Supper is a covenant meal and a memorial that involves both God and His people.  All who are baptized are qualified to come to this Table because they have been identified as God’s people.

This memorial points back in some ways to the memorial of the Passover meal in the Old Testament.  It virtually goes without saying that this meal fulfills, or that Jesus fulfills, all that the Passover meal promised.

John the Baptist called Jesus the Passover Lamb.  John’s gospel tells us that Jesus was being slaughtered at the same time that the Jews were busy preparing their Passover lambs, and Paul tells us that “Christ our Passover is sacrificed for us” in 1 Corinthians.

By shedding His blood on the cross, Jesus turned away the angel of death and rescued us from the wrath of God.   That blood was displayed on the cross and, as Hebrews teaches us, the blood on the heavenly tabernacle was the blood of Jesus.  And you, like the participants at Passover, and yet so much more, are summoned to come and partake of the Passover Lamb – by faith and by means of the Holy Spirit.

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