Passover and Lord's Supper
I pray may God enlighten the eyes of our hearts so that we are enabled to see His Goodness, His Truth and His great, never ending Love for us. I pray may He lead us in times of temptations, and ease our burdens, and protect, and deliver us from every evil one; and may He lead us so that in every case and situation His name be glorified, for than also we will be glorified. May His Holy Spirit work in us and produce His fruits, may He crown us with love and compassion and may by His grace we are lifted high above everything; and enjoy this life to the full, remaining in Him as He remains in us. I pray in Jesus name and so it be Amen to that.
"This is how you are to eat it: with your cloak tucked into your belt, your sandals on your feet and your staff in your hand. Eat it in haste; it is the LORD's Passover" (Exodus 12:11).
These fascinating, redeeming words God told to Israelites while they were in Egypt enslaved and burdened. There and than on that day, Passover was established which Israelites were to keep in remembrance of their delivery day. Passover from one point to another. God said them - "get ready to get out of your troubles."
The meaning was that after they have eaten the meal as God told them to eat, they will be delivered and the "Egyptians (hardship, troubles, suffering...)" they saw for so long, they will see no more. After than Passover was to be kept every year, both as a remembrance of Israel's preservation and deliverance out of Egypt. Now we know that Passover meal is a shadow of the Lord's Supper of Holy Communion which Jesus Himself instituted on the night He was betrayed. The same way we are to keep the Lord's Supper remembering that
we are fully forgiven and redeemed from the power of sin over us; that we are fully redeemed from the curse of the Law, and from the power of Satan over us.
"Jesus took bread, gave thanks and broke it, and gave it to them, saying, "This is My body given for you; do this in remembrance of Me." In the same way, after the supper He took the cup, saying, "This cup is the new covenant in My blood, which is poured out for you" (Luke 22:19-20).
As you can clearly see, the Passover was a remarkable type of Christ Jesus whom God Himself provided for us, as our Lamb. The same way as YHWH-Yireh in Genesis 22:14 - (gracious, loving, just, faithful Almighty God) - provided for Abraham, so also He was the same YHWH-Yireh who provided for us the Lamb to be received freely with thankful hearts, for it is given by His grace to all who believe.
Christ Jesus is our Passover Lamb without any blemish, sacrificed so that by and through His blood shed on the cross we are forgiven, delivered, made holy, blameless, righteous and receive eternal life without any of our works or good deeds added. It is the Holy Spririt living in us who produces good fruits/ works through us after we are delivered, made good and accepteble to God.
The same way as Israelites did eat the Passover meal, so also we, in partaking the Lord's Supper remember Him and praise Him rejoicing with thankfulness in our hearts for all He has done, and with great expectation that He will deliver us out of our troubles the same way as He delivered Israelites back than; and already now has delivered us from the Sin condemning it in His own body; from the curse of Law fulfiling it, and from the power of Satan over us. Be ready! With the cloak tucked into your belt, with your sandals on your feet and your staff in your hand be ready to be delivered out of all what lay heavy on your shoulders and on your heart, for God wants you to be free from everything so that you are able to serve Him wholeheartedly.
Now, no matter in what trouble, hardship or need you are - know His will for you and than expect to be helped, strenghtened and delivered based on the Christ's work on the cross for you; He is your Lamb. Expect to be delivered based on His Word and follow His leading, and obey when He disciplines you.
When we look exclusively on Him; when we Trust only Him, when we make Him to be the Lord over our whole life, He comes in and makes us lie down in green pastures, He leads us beside quiet waters. He restores our souls and leads us in paths of righteousness not because we are good and try to live good lives and do good works, but exclusively for His name's sake; when we by faith feed on Jesus only (Word), trust Him only, rely on Him only, and obey.
And when we walk through the darkest valley, which occurs any time we turn our eyes off of Him, even than we will not fear evil, because He is always with us to lead, to guide and rescue from any trouble in which we throw us ourselves in by sinning (which is not listening what He says, but going forth on own understanding relying on own sthrenght and knowledge apart from His Word). When we look on Jesus Christ alone daily and expect Him to be what He really is (our Saviour, Redeemer, Shepherd...), He prepare a table before us in front of our enemies and anoint our heads with oil so that we rejoice and are made glad.
Look on Him only, feed yourself with His Word only, and not on what you see, hear, know, taste and feel. Look on Him. Without looking on Him only, without His Word as basic food for our survival, the lives can very fast dry up so that we do not see any way out and begin to sink deeper and deeper into sorrows and troubles. The only food what really matters and gives life (to the full, abundantly) is the Word of our holy Father who is in heaven, that is the Christ Jesus our Lamb.
"Get rid of the old yeast, so that you may be a new unleavened batch - as you really are. For Christ, our Passover lamb, has been sacrificed" (1 Corinthians 5:7).
Thank Him for all He has done, praise Him and expect to be helped according to His Word because all God's great promises are "YES" in Jesus Christ our Lamb. "He brought out His people with rejoicing, His chosen ones (now all who believe are His choosen/ elect ones) with shouts of joy; He gave them the lands of the nations, and they fell heir to what others had toiled for" (Psalm 105:43-44). As you eat the flesh of Jesus and drink His blood remembering your great Salvation/ Deliverance, God will deal with you the same way as He dealt with Israelites in times of their obedience. BE OBEDIENT THEREFORE - trust in Him only, feed on His Word only and listen to the Jesus voice only.
Take what is already provided and paid for. Do not listen Satan's lies and do not be timid, but be thankful, joyful and take with grateful heart all what God offers. All is purchased by Christ the Son of God at the full price, by His own blood.
God's Son, the God Himself come down and redeemed you shedding His Holy Blood for you. ...how shall we escape if we ignore so great a Salvation...!? Hebrews 2:3.
Forsake all what comes not from the mouth of God; listen not to the wisdom of this world or religion, but hear Jesus only and feed your soul with His Word only.
Jesus said: "do it in remembrance of Me" (Luke 22:17; 1 Corinthians 11:24). He is the same yesterday, today and forever. Jesus loved the worst sinners and outcasts, and He set them free, and He healed them.
What God did for Israelites after taking their first Passover meal, He will do for you if you love His Son and accept Him as He is presented in the Bible. It is by God's grace you have been saved because He loves you; and it is by His grace you will be delivered from your burdens because He loves you. Obey Him only, hear Him only, listen to Him only and see the deliverance out of your troubles. Not because you are good, but for His name's sake so that His name be glorified through all the earth. For all who believe in Jesus and drink the water (Holy Spirit) He offers, the rivers of living water will flow from within them and as it is said through the Isaiah 12:3: "with joy you will draw water from the wells of Salvation."
So, get ready; shout for joy, praise Him and thank Him; and expect to be delivered, healed, restored and lifted high upon a rock! Put on the
"full armour of God, so that you can take your stand against the devil's schemes. For our struggle is not against flesh and blood, but against the rulers, against the authorities, against the powers of this dark world and against the spiritual forces of evil in the heavenly realms" (Ephesians 6:11-12).
Trust Jesus only and feed on His Word only according to the written God's Word in Bible. And may the God of peace be with you all. Amen.