"The Passover & Communion"
BIBLE READING: Deuteronomy 14-16
In Deuteronomy 16, Moses explains the details concerning the Feast of Passover. There is no way of us knowing just how long it had been from the time of the actual Passover until now, but one would assume it wouldn’t have been that long ago. If we recall, in Exodus 12 the Passover as it happened, is when God separated His people from their captors: the Egyptians. From that event, God has always wanted the Israelites to partake of a yearly feast as a reminder of the victory that God had given to His people. However, the feast was designed to be much more of a way to help them to remember their freedom from the Egyptians. It was also a way to point them in the direction of Jesus. He was the true Lamb of God, without blemish, and it was through His death on the cross (the blood on the doorpost), that we gain God’s protection, as well as the freedom from the sin that enslaves us. The Passover was an allusion to the cross. It was by God’s design that they partook of this feast once a year by way of a reminder of what God had done for them. For us today, God did not give us a yearly reminder, but a weekly reminder in the Lord’s Supper. Each first day of the week Christians gather together to partake of communion to remember the victory that the true Lamb of God brings to His people. If the Passover was so important to God that He provided them a yearly reminder of its events, just think of how much more important He saw Christ’s death in His institution of weekly communion. As you prepare for Worship this week and even further prepare your minds for partaking of the Lord’s Supper on Sunday, remember that it was on a Friday evening, just like this one, that Jesus breathed His last breath on that cross. Maybe, today’s reading of the Passover was sent as a way of reminding us just how important the death of Christ is to us.