15. Mar, 2018

Passover Continues Forever

Passover Continues Forever

 I have been wanting to celebrate this Passover with you. [Luke 22:15] Why this Passover? Yeshua would have celebrated the Passover all His life as His parents observed the things of the commandments. [Luke 2:39] This was also not the first Passover He would have celebrated with His Disciples in His three years of ministry so why now? Well of course He knew what was about to happen, now it was time to start the "new covenant" that Jeremiah spoke of in Jeremiah 31:31-32. “I will make a new covenant with you and I will write it on your hearts.” This seems to indicate the first covenant was head knowledge but now it was time for the next step and that is to write Gods commands on to our hearts and to bring them alive. [Hebrews 4:12]

We learn from scripture if the commands of God are not within us and written on our hearts other things will and could fill the gap, such things as malice, envy, deceit and much more. [Matthew 12:43-45] What was the point of Yeshua dying such a death if we continue to live in this world instead of the Kingdom of God, which is here and now? [Luke 17:21] I would suggest the Lord revealed that Kingdom the day when they hung Him on the cross, a world where hate can be overcome by love and forgiveness. [Luke 23:34] A world where there is no room for the things of the past, the things that pulled us down which only painted a picture of doom and gloom. [Luke 19:43] All darkness can pass away in our lives as we stand and bask in the light that shone out of the empty tomb and if we look upon the risen Lord in all His glory like Peter and the Disciples did on the mountain, the revelation of Him will come. [Matthew 17:1-2] 

After the Israelites were saved by the blood of the Lamb and released from the darkness they had been in for some four hundred and thirty years, they walked in the light of the Lord. He led them by a cloud by day and a light by night; [Numbers 14:14] He was with them twenty-four seven. God supplied their food and their water and their clothes never wore out. [Deuteronomy 29:5] He walked with them and spoke with them, in other words the Lord became their life. [Deuteronomy 6:5] Yes they had their ups and downs but the Lord kept them going and finally they reached the Promised Land. That is the Kingdom we now walk in. God is with us and supplies our every need and will one day return to enable us to complete the journey the Lord set us on and will finally take us to the Fathers house. [John 14:2]

This is the prize that has been set before us a prize of an act of love greater than had ever been seen before. [1 John 1:9] From heaven to earth He came, from the earth to the grave, from the grave He came forth to give new life to all. Words from a song that tells the story of the salvation set in rock - the Rock of Salvation, [Psalm 89:26] Yeshua. [1 Peter 2:6-8] This is what Passover is all about, salvation for all no matter what we have done, and a new start in life, not one of bondage but a life of freedom. Following Yeshua is more than a choice it is a life style where His will becomes more important than our wants and where He meets our needs.

Our hearts are like stone [Ezekiel 11:19] until we come to look upon our Passover Lamb and the love poured out for us on that day when the skies darkened and the Lord cried out, “Forgive them Father they do not know what they are doing”. [Luke 23:34]

Yeshua, the sinless and pure one who came to set the captives free, [Zechariah 9:11] who had come to earth for one purpose - the salvation of mankind, was crucified on that Passover. [John 19:6] We do have a choice, we can walk on by and ignore the pain and suffering Yeshua went through as He hung on the cross if we choose to. Or, we can stop for just a moment and look up from the things of this world, who cannot be moved by what they see? Pilate did not want to crucify Him, as he found no fault in Him. [Luke 23:14] Pilate’s wife warned him not to have any part in what was unfolding in front of them [Matthew 27:19] and when the centurion saw how our Lord died he said, “Surely this man was the Son of God”. [Matthew 27:54] Through His unfailing love you and I are set free from the sins that would have destroyed us.

Yeshua longed to eat the Passover with His Disciples and all these years later He continues to do the same. He continues to come and sit with us and partake in the Passover meal with us once more. Even today He is reaching out His hands with the words, “Here, see and touch my wounds, touch my side where they pierced Me with the spear. [John 20:27] Yes I was once dead but now I am alive, I am the Alpha and the Omega, the beginning and the end. [Revelation 1:18] No one comes to the Father except by Me” said the Lord. [John 14:6] Death could not hold Him [Acts 2:24] as it cannot hold those who accept Him into their lives. [Revelation 20:6] We are set free because of His unselfish act and through Him we have the final victory and a crown of victory [Revelation 3:11] when He returns for His bride. All because God so loved the world and sent His Passover Lamb to die in our place and that we can have life here and now and forever more. [John 3:16]

And so the journey of Passover continues as we move on ever nearer to the Promised Land and the prize Yeshua offered us from the cross, life in abundance and forever more. And for that we can sing His praises now and forever.

 I will bless the LORD at all times; His praise shall continually be in my mouth. My soul will make its boast in the LORD, The humble will hear it and rejoice. O Magnify the LORD with me, and let us exalt His name together. I sought the LORD, and He answered me, and delivered me from all my fears. They looked to Him and were radiant, and their faces will never be ashamed. This poor man cried, and the LORD heard him and saved him out of all his troubles. The angel of the LORD encamps around those who fear Him, and rescues them. O taste and see that the LORD is good; how blessed is the man who takes refuge in Him! O fear the LORD, you His saints; For to those who fear Him there is no want. The young lions do lack and suffer hunger; but they who seek the LORD shall not be in want of any good thing. Psalm 34:1-10