Jesus: let go, 2

Today we will continue looking at how Jesus 'let go' of His ways, and submitted to the will of His Father to bring salvation to mankind.  We're continuing our Walk With Him Wednesday participating with Ann Voskamp and community over at A Holy Experience.

" 'Jesus went beyond the ancient tradition, says Chuck Swindoll, after the blessing, He passed to His disciples the broken fragments of bread and told them, 'Take, eat; this is My body.'  The bread was now not just a reminder of 'the swiftness of God's deliverance' from Egyptian bondage; it was linked definitively to Jesus, the Bread of Life, and His impending death.

Jesus had given a new significance to the Passover bread, superseding the ancient meaning with the concept that His brokenness, His death, would secure salvation for all time.  Just as the Passover signified, 'the greatest redemptive event' of the Old Testament and looked forward to 'the coming of the Messianic age,' so Jesus' Last Supper now signifies the 'greatest redemptive event of the {New Testament}' and points 'to the arrival of the kingdom in glory when He comes . . . and shares the messianic banquet with His followers.'

Through the bread ritual, Jesus announced that He would be the offering for sin, that He would "atone vicariously for the sins of the world."  As He gave the bread, so He would give His life on behalf of helpless sinners, hungry for life.

Then He took the cup:  And when He had taken a cup and given thanks, He gave it to them saying, 'Drink from it, all of you; for this is My blood of the covenant, which is poured out for many for forgiveness of sins.' (Matt. 26:27-28)

The Meal

1 whole lamb, unblemished—skinless and gutted
6 servings of bitter herbs, dried and tossed in a scoured bowl
3 to 4 loaves of unleavened bread
1 large bowl of fruit puree past for dipping

The roasted lamb represented the sacrifice of the spotless lamb from which the blood was spread on the doors of Jewish believers during the Passover (see Ex. 12).  The bitter herbs—a mixture of greens and various herbs—reminded the pilgrims of the stinging bitterness their ancestors endured under centuries of bondage.  The unleavened bread told of the haste in which the Hebrews were to leave Egypt.  And the fruit paste was a reminder of the mortar used by Hebrew slaves in making bricks for Pharaoh's harsh regime.

Every acrid bite, every bitter swallow, reminded the Jews of the bitterness of slavery, and the sacrifice made to user in their freedom." ~ excerpts taken from The Darkness and The Dawn, Chuck Swindoll

The Darkness & The Dawn Book

Prepare for Easter with the 'I AM Passover Collection.'  Plates & goblet shown in photograph above.

Reading and devotional reading to prepare hearts for Easter.  Click on the devotional readings too for additional reading.


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