Our Passover


                                        For the Christian, of all Bible scenes, few are as precious as that of our Lord's Last Supper, when He said - 

            ". . . prepare the Passover for us, that we may eat." (Luke 22:8 NKJV) 

           The Savior and his disciples completed the Passover meal. Their thoughts looked back 1,500 years earlier. Every family in Israel had painted their door posts with the blood of the Passover lamb and had eaten its flesh with unleavened bread and bitter herbs. How vividly they must have recalled how the blood of the lamb had insured the safety of God's people. After the meal was ended, the Savior reached for the bread, blessed it and gave a fragment to each of His disciples, saying,

          " . . . Take, eat; this is My body." (Matthew 26:26 NKJV) 

         "Then He took the cup, and gave thanks, and gave it to them, saying, Drink from it all of you, for this is My blood of the new covenant, which is shed for many for the remission of sins." (Matthew 26:27, 28 NKJV) 

          No longer will there be blood of the Old Testament lamb! Soon there would no longer be any need for types and symbols. Christ or the Messiah, the eternal Passover was only hours from becoming the true Sacrifice. There can be no doubt that our Lord was fully aware of the impact this precious moment was having upon His apostles as they sat there spell bound in the awesome significance of the moment ­- as they were watching the displacement for types and symbols. 

          Nor can there be any doubt that the disciples would soon become aware of the divine mystery taking place before their very eyes. They were in the presence of the Pascal Lamb! The cradle of Christmas was soon to be overshadowed by the cross of Gethsemane! What a Gospel! What a Savior! The apostle Paul declares -

          "Christ, our Passover, is sacrificed for us". (I Corinthians 5:7 NKJV)  

          Peter states we have been redeemed - 

          ". . . with the precious blood of Christ, as of a lamb without blemish and 

                  without spot". (I peter 1:19 NKJV) 

          From the time of Adam and Eve in the Garden, precious lambs had been slaughtered and sacrificed for the sins of sinful man. But it was impossible for the blood of bulls and goats to take away man's sin. (Hebrews 10:4) When God used Moses to lead the Israelites out of Egypt, He established the annual festival of Passover, when men's sins were remembered annually and each family sacrificed a lamb for their sins. 

          On that Preparation Day, when the sun darkened for three hours, the curtain in the temple was torn top to bottom, the earth shook, Jesus gave up the spirit, the sins of the entire world from Adam to the last man to be born, were all laid on Him. The Lamb of God had paid the final price for all our sins. 

                           "Not all the blood of beasts

                             On Jewish altars slain

                             Could give the guilty conscience peace

                             Or wash away its stain.

                             But, Christ, the heavenly Lamb,

                             Takes all our sins away:

                             A sacrifice of nobler name

                             And richer blood than they."

                                 >>author unknown<<

    

          Just A Thought Across The Garden Gate by Parson Don.  

                    

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