6. Apr, 2017

THE MESSAGES WITHIN PASSOVER

THE MESSAGES WITHIN PASSOVER

Passover the celebration of the very day that God took our sins and pain upon Himself has once more arrived. This was the day when the skies darkened [Luke 23:44] and the only earthly garment, the Temple Curtain was torn from top to bottom [Luke 23:45] so we can enter the Holy of Holies. This gives us a new and living way to go into the presence of the Father. [Hebrews 10:19-21]

We know that Yeshua wanted to celebrate this feast of the Lord with His Disciples. [Luke 22:15] It was at this feast he showed that not all people who called Him Lord would enter into the Kingdom. [Matthew 26:20-24] At His arrest He showed the power of whom He was when the people could not stand in His presence. [John 18:6] Before this He had taken the bread and wine in an act that had been used to celebrate the Passover for hundreds of years and gave it a new meaning. He took the bread and said: This is my body whoever eats of it has eternal life. [John 6:56] In other words we need to take Him fully within us. [Matthew 16:24] We are to lay ourselves bare before Him with all our imperfections. [Psalm 32:5] This was an explanation of Matthew 22:36, ‘Love the Lord your God with all of your heart mind and soul”. This taking of the Lord into our lives is not just a surface thing it should go much deeper. It should go from our minds to our heart and then into the depths of our souls. [Deuteronomy 11:13] This is to make us into who we should be, a child of Messiah [1 John 5:1] from where we grow to become the Bride of Christ. [2 Corinthians 11:2]

Then He took the cup and said “This is the cup of the new covenant take drink and do this in remembrance of my death”. [1 Corinthians 11:26] Why His death and not His life? After all He had healed a lot of people and as prophesied in Psalm 107:28-30, He calmed the storm [Mark 4:38] and walked on water. [Mark 6:48] But now He is saying to remember His death because it was His death that brought our freedom from lives that were leading us in the wrong direction, as we had fallen short of the glory of God [Romans 3:23] and needed forgiveness. It was only a sacrifice, the death of an animal was the only way that the people were relieved of their sins [Leviticus 6:25] and then repeated over and over. [Hebrew 7:27] It was in the shedding of the blood that gave the life just, as the life is in the blood, [Leviticus 17:11] and as it had at the first Passover when the blood of the lamb was placed on the doorposts of the homes. [Exodus 12:7] It was the blood seen by the Angel of death that allowed the people within the home to live. [Exodus 12:23] Place the blood of the Lamb on your doorposts and you will live but be sure not to go out of your homes or it will not be able to protect you. [Exodus 12:22] A picture of what can happen if we step out of the will and protection of the blood of Yeshua.

The sacrifice of Passover at the Temple was the only way the people could be forgiven for their sins. But the Temple was destroyed in 70 AD and so there is no longer a place for the people to take their sacrifices to. But the Good News is, the sacrifice has come to us, His blood became the blood of the new covenant. [Luke 22:20] Not like that of bulls and goats, which were just a temporary fix, but a sacrifice to last forever. [Hebrews 10:11-14] This sacrifice needs no special building to come into effect within us; all it needs is our surrender to the One who died in our place. [Matthew 16:24] We now have a new and living way through which we are able to enter into the Holy of Holies, the blood of our Passover Lamb Yeshua. [1 Corinthians 5:7]

But Passover is not just a day or two; it is a weeklong event [Leviticus 23:5-6] and one that leads into a path of discovery over a lifetime. Over the week that follows the death of our Lord we are taught many things, too many to mention in this letter. Like who placed the stone over the tomb? Of course it was the sin of the world, the same sin that caused Messiah to be nailed to a cross. But who rolled the stone away? Of course it was the power of God, the same power that can roll the stone from our stony hearts, [Ezekiel 36:26] which then allows us to live the life God wants of us and that is to live for Him. [Colossians 3:1]

 On the third day He rose from the grave, the first fruits from the dead [1 Corinthians 15:20] and presented Himself to the Father [John 20:17] unblemished even untouched by she who may have been having her monthly time. [Leviticus 15:33] As the first fruits were to be an offering to God in a prefect condition [Leviticus 2:14] so was Yeshua to be an example to us all and having the first fruits of the Spirit within us as we wait to go before the Father. [Romans 8:23] He was showing that we are to live as He lived, to walk as He walked and to be true followers of our Heavenly Father and to remove all blemishes from our mind, heart and soul. [Hebrews 10:22] Then we too can present ourselves to the Father in a way worthy of the sacrifice of our Lord and Saviour, Yeshua.

Also in this week is the feast of the unleavened bread, leaven that is a symbol of sin [1 Corinthians 5:6-8], which the people are not to eat for one week. [Leviticus 23:6] To the ancient people this was merely to remember their escape from Egypt. But Yeshua took it a step further when He told the people to be aware of the Leaven of the Pharisees. [Matthew 16:11] At the crucifixion Yeshua took that leaven, the sin, upon Himself, [2 Corinthians 5:21] to set us free so we too can go into the presence of God. He showed us in His time on earth what it was to live sin free, something He obviously wants us to try to do, other wise His sacrifice was in vain. [Hebrews 10:26] The feast of First Fruits and The Feast of Unleavened Bread are both parts of the Passover week and have very important messages for us. Something we have to take on board if we want to live as commanded, to love the Lord our God and to love our neighbours as ourselves. [Exodus 20:1-17] This is the story of Passover as told in the Passover week and the time when our salvation was given, in such pain and in love.

 John 3:14-17 As Moses lifted up the serpent in the wilderness, even so must the Son of Man be lifted up; so that whoever believes will in Him have eternal life. “For God so loved the world, that He gave His only begotten Son, that whoever believes in Him shall not perish, but have eternal life. “For God did not send the Son into the world to judge the world, but that the world might be saved through Him.