Friday, March 26, 2010

Resurrection Eggs: Egg Three

*This is number three of a twelve post series. There will be a new one each day for the next ten days*

Egg #3: Passover Cup

"At Jesus's last supper with His disciples before He died on the cross, He used the cup of wine to explain His death. Christians still drink from a cup to remember Christ's blood poured out for us and our sins.

Read: Matthew 26:17-19, 26-28; Exodus 12:23

Did you know that hundereds of years before Jesus came, Egypt made God's people into slaves? It's true! God sent Moses to tell Pharaoh to free the Jews, but Pharaoh disobyed God and refused to let them go. Part of God's punishment for Pharaoh and his people was to send a 'destroyer' to kill all the firstborn children in Egypt. But God told His people, the Jews, to put the blood of a lamb on their doors as a sign of their faith. He told the destroyer to 'pass over' their houses and not kill their children. Since then, as a way of remembering God's great love and protection, Jews celebrate Passover every year.

Have you ever heard that we too are slaves and need to be freed just like the Jews in Egypt? It's true! We need to be 'let go' from our slavery to sin. So God sent Jesus as the perfect lamb, the 'Lamb of God', to save us. Because God and His Son are perfect, the perfect blood from Jesus's death on the cross forever protects His followers from being destroyed. Any one of us who truly love and trust in Jesus will be saved fromour sins and eternal death--we will be 'passed over'! Isn't this great news?!

Now when Jesus came and died for sinners to provide this salvation and protection by His blood, the meaning of Passover was changed. Jesus helped His disciples understand the new meaning of the Passover meal when they ate together the night He was arrested.

Jesus told His disciples that the bread would be to remember His body which would be crucified on the cross the next day. Then He took the cup of wine and used it as a sign of rememberance of His blood saying, 'Drink from it, all of you; for this My blood...which is poured out for many for forgiveness of sins.'

Have you ever seen people in your church take Communnion? They eat the bread and drink the grape juice, don't they? Christians do this all in rememberance of Jesus, especially His blood that was poured out for them--to give them eternal life with God."

From Resurrection Eggs Randal Lee Walti

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