For “Scripture Sunday”:
“Christ Our Passover Was Sacrificed for Us”
“By observing the Passover and Feast of Unleavened Bread, Christians do exactly as Christ Himself did.
In 1 Corinthians 5:7, Paul wrote that “Christ, our Passover, was sacrificed for us.” Do you understand the profound meaning this statement holds for Christians?
Christ, as “the Lamb of God who takes away the sin of the world,” would pay the penalty for humanity’s sins “by the sacrifice of Himself” (John 1:29; Hebrews 9:26).
Jerusalem shone golden in the afternoon sun as 12 men and their Leader made their way from the Mount of Olives to a house in the city. Earlier in the day, Jesus of Nazareth had instructed two of His disciples, Peter and John, to go into Jerusalem and prepare the Passover (Luke 22:7-13). Jesus said they would encounter a man carrying water, who would show them his guest room where they could keep the Passover, a ceremony that involved eating a sacrificed lamb with unleavened bread and bitter herbs in remembrance of God’s redemption of the Israelites in Egypt.
After finding the man, Peter and John prepared the food and drink for Jesus and the 12 to observe what would culminate in the first New Covenant Passover service.
Here’s a question we might ask ourselves in this Passover season: Do we truly appreciate Christ’s ultimate sacrifice?
Jesus probably said little as they entered the room and surveyed the preparations. To Peter and John, no doubt Jesus appeared introspective, but, beyond this, their Teacher seemed composed and calm. They all began to relax at the table and eat, following the lead of their Master.
It was then that Jesus began to speak to His disciples, explaining that He had waited for this special time so He could eat this Passover with them. “With fervent desire I have desired to eat this Passover with you before I suffer; for I will no longer eat of it until it is fulfilled in the kingdom of God,” He told them (Luke 22:15-16).”
Questions and Answers About the Passover
“Most of Christianity doesn’t keep the Passover, believing it to be an observance only for Jews. Is this true? This post covers this and other questions about this ancient festival.
The Passover is found throughout the Bible—both in the Old Testament and New Testament. Is it possible that Christianity is ignoring an observance that is actually very much Christian?
If you look at your calendar for April, you will probably see “Passover” marked. Most people think of the Passover as simply a Jewish national holiday commemorating Israel’s departure from Egypt as found in the book of Exodus. Around this season, network television usually airs The Ten Commandments, the epic 1956 film recounting the Exodus starring Charlton Heston and Yul Brynner.
This may be the extent of your knowledge about the Passover. It is largely ignored in Christianity, which observes other spring holidays (such as Easter, Lent and Good Friday).
But did you know that the Passover is found throughout the Bible—both in the Old Testament and New Testament? Is it possible that Christianity is ignoring an observance that is actually very much Christian?
This post will answer some common questions about the Passover……
Question 2: Is there any connection between the Passover and Jesus Christ?
Yes, the Bible makes a strong link between the Passover and Jesus Christ. Putting the scriptures together, we see that the events of the first Passover foreshadowed Jesus Christ’s sacrifice. Notice the following parallels:……
Question 3: Does the New Testament say early Christians kept the Passover?
Yes, the New Testament is very clear that early Christians observed the Passover.
It is also important to remember that Jesus observed the Passover on the evening before His crucifixion and that His sacrifice occurred on the daylight portion of the Feast of Passover ( Matthew 26:18-19 ). But perhaps no scripture proves the link better than 1 Corinthians 5:7: “For indeed Christ, our Passover, was sacrificed for us.”
Jesus commanded His disciples to “do this in remembrance of Me” ( Luke 22:19 ). He also instituted a foot-washing ceremony to teach His people the importance of humility and service (John 13:3-15).
The Bible shows us that the Church continued keeping the Passover in obedience to Christ ( 1 Corinthians 5:7-8 ; 11:23-26 ). Today, Christians around the world observe the New Testament Passover in March or April (on the 14th day of Nisan on the Hebrew calendar) to remember and commemorate Jesus Christ’s death and its significance to our lives. This year it will be observed after sunset on April 21. (Biblical time reckoning is from sunset to sunset, so sunset on April 21 is the beginning of the day of Passover.)”
Complete article at: http://lifehopeandtruth.com/god/blog/questions-and-answers-about-the-passover/
“An Amazing Fact: On July 9, 1755, during the French and Indian War, a force of 1,500 British soldiers was ambushed in the open by a small force of French and American Indian fighters shooting from the woods. The British soldiers—trained for European war—made easy targets standing shoulder to shoulder in their bright red uniforms. And their officers were even more exposed on horseback, high above the men on the ground, making perfect targets. The slaughter continued for two hours as nearly 70 percent of the British soldiers were cut down.
One by one, the chief’s marksmen shot the British officers from their horses until only one remained. Amazingly, round after round was aimed at this one man. Twice the young lieutenant’s horse was shot out from under him. Twice he grabbed another horse. Ten, fifteen, twenty rounds were fired by the sharpshooters. Still, the officer remained unhurt. The native warriors stared in disbelief. Their rifles seldom missed. The chief realized that a mighty power must be shielding this man and commanded, “Stop firing! This one is under the special protection of the Great Spirit.”
Eventually the lieutenant colonel gathered the remaining British troops and led them to safety. That evening, as the last of the wounded were being cared for, the officer noticed an odd tear in his coat. It was a bullet hole! He rolled up his sleeve and looked at his arm directly under the hole. There was no mark on his skin. Amazed, he took off his coat and found three more holes where bullets had passed through his coat but stopped before they reached his body. Nine days after the battle, the young lieutenant colonel wrote his brother: “By the all-powerful dispensations of Providence I have been protected beyond all human probability or expectation; for I had four bullets through my coat, and two horses shot under me yet escaped unhurt, although death was leveling my companions on every side!”
The 23-year-old officer went on to become the commander in chief of the Continental Army and the first president of the United States. During the years that followed in his long career, this man, George Washington, was never once wounded in battle. Washington also escaped flying bullets on four other occasions and survived contracting diphtheria, malaria, smallpox, and tuberculosis.”
KEY BIBLE TEXTS
A thousand shall fall at thy side, and ten thousand at thy right hand; but it shall not come nigh thee. Psalms 91:7
Update: One worker didn’t show up again, but another one did. He is redoing the electrical boxes that Jay put in, getting the polarity right, and installing a couple of switches and lights.
My son, Kevin came to visit and he said he was starting a cold, so I gave him some Vitamin C. I had been in front of a fan as Jay can’t stand to be anywhere without a breeze on him. I call it a draft, as I don’t like fans blowing on me, and by Saturday I had come down with an allergy or cold. I didn’t hug anyone at church as is our custom, and kept everyone at arm’s length. The fostermom who lives around the corner She had taken my foster cats for Adoption Day, and saw what shape I was in.
The church is getting fired up and ready for Passover which will start on Thursday night. One of the congregation ladies who lives near me brought over some organic pepper, garlic and onion to put in the organic farro and freekeh that she had bought. Both ancient nutritious grains, and she wanted me to cook some of the freekeh for the Passover Supper. She has some thing very amiss with her pitruitary gland because doctors gave her the wrong meds and now she can only eat organic (no pesticides) food, or she gets terrible migraines for days. I cooked some of the farro, and wasn’t impressed, it seems very chewy. Then I made a freekeh and chickpea salad for last Saturday’s pot luck, just to see how it would be received and it was all gone in no time. So I will make that again for Passover, but this time I will have some organic parsley and mint on hand as that is in the recipe which I omitted the first time. The freekeh is a more tender grain than the farro. I also took a graham cracker pie with bananas, cinnamon chocloate chips and craisins in a cranberry pudding.
The readings were Lev.14:1-16:33, 2 Kings 7:3-20 and Matt. 9:20-26, and the teaching was about Discipleship. After we had all enjoyed the potluck, anything with leavening in it was taken out of the dining hall. Most of it was given away to needy folks. All the leavening will be removed from my house, too for the week of The Feast of Unleavened Bread.
Well, tomorrow I will lose some blood for the doctor, as it is Vampire Day.