Reflecting on God’s Word . . .

The Lord’s Passover . . .

Exodus 12:11-13 NLT

[11] “These are your instructions for eating this meal: Be fully dressed, wear your sandals, and carry your walking stick in your hand. Eat the meal with urgency, for this is the LORD’s Passover.

[12] On that night I will pass through the land of Egypt and strike down every firstborn son and firstborn male animal in the land of Egypt. I will execute judgment against all the gods of Egypt, for I am the LORD!

[13] But the blood on your doorposts will serve as a sign, marking the houses where you are staying. When I see the blood, I will pass over you. This plague of death will not touch you when I strike the land of Egypt.

Reflection . . .

The Passover meal was to be celebrated every year to remember God’s mighty power and mercy through the deliverance of the Israelites from their slavery in Egypt. It was what was to give them hope for generations to come. Indeed it was a mighty act and surrounding nations were in awe of such a powerful God, however, His own people turned their backs on Him, forgot and began to desire other gods of the people around them.

When Jesus celebrated the Passover meal with His disciples, it was different because He came to initiate a New Covenant through His own sacrifice, through the breaking of His own body and shedding of His own blood, to free us from our slavery to sin and remedy the broken relationship we have with God. Through what Jesus accomplished, we now have a new covenant which enables us to live by the standard God desires for us — Love for God and one another which requires humility!

Check out the story that precedes the verses below in John chapter 13

John 13:34-35 NLT 
"So now I am giving you a new commandment: Love each other. Just as I have loved you, you should love each other.   Your love for one another will prove to the world that you are my disciples.” 

Today is Maundy Thursday a day traditionally set aside to celebrate or honour Jesus celebration of the Passover Meal with His disciples. It’s good for us to remember the significance of that event with His disciples. The Passover meal with them was the step that would help them understand the Old Testament events of Deliverance from their slavery in Egypt in the context of Christ’s sacrifice and death on the cross. Just as Christ’s sacrifice of love proves He is of God, so our love for one another proves we are His!

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