Thursday, June 5, 2008

Christ our Passover Lamb

1 Cor. 5:7-8 (ESV)
Cleanse out the old leaven that you may be a new lump, as you really are unleavened. For Christ, our Passover lamb, has been sacrificed. Let us therefore celebrate the festival, not with the old leaven, the leaven of malice and evil, but with the unleavened bread of sincerity and truth.

Christ is our Passover Lamb, and He has been sacrificed. The Passover was always celebrated once a year. The Israelites would gather together, sacrifice a lamb and eat it, all of it. This meant that families would get together to celebrate the Passover. A lamb is just too much food for one person to eat. The Passover was to be celebrated with family. It was a joyous occasion remembering how Israel was saved from bondage to Egypt, and how God prepared the people for their long trek through the desert to the Red Sea, by feeding them Lamb the night before.
Christ is our Passover Lamb, and He has been sacrificed. Now all there is to do is to eat Him, for the Passover Lamb is to be eaten. There was no benefit to the sacrifice if it was not consumed. We consume our Passover Lamb at Holy Communion. It is a joyous occasion. Forgiving our sins, it frees us from bondage to sin, death, and the power of the Devil. It feeds us and nourishes us, preparing us for our journey through the desert of this world. So we celebrate not by eating the old leavened bread of Egypt, the malice and evil. It is to joyous an occasion to be tainted with selfishness, violence and hatred. Rather, we eat the unleavened bread of sincerity and truth, in Christ Jesus our Lord, and celebrate with love.

3 comments:

steve martin said...

Wonderful!

Thanks Pastor, for that great piece on the Passover Lamb that is our Lord Jesus!

This is something that I will forward to my friends that do not understand the sacrament as we do. Also to my Lutheran friends that do. It will be a great encouragement to them.

You bring it home that Christ wants for us to have Him, and His righteousness to the point where we will actually ingest this gift of Christ into our body that He might make us one with Himself.
"Eat my body, and drink my blood"

Bror Erickson said...

Thanks for the words of encouragement, Steve.
Hope you will find more to your liking in the life of this blog.

Bryan said...

Hey, Bror, I found it! I like the blog thus far and I look forward to reading those sermons as I have time. Perhaps you will inspire me to this sort of venue yet. Peace, Brother.