Powerful Pictorial Lessons of the Passover

 

The bread used in the Passover is made of wheat.

The grain has to fall down and die to produce fruit.

Jesus had to die for us and was raised to justify us and to bring forth much fruit: those who have made Him Lord and Saviour.

 

We too need to humble ourselves and die to ourselves before we can be raised into a newness of life. (John12:24, Rom10:9-10)

 

Just as the shoot that comes out of the grain is different so we  have a glorified body when we are raised up when Jesus comes.

 

It is usually One Bread that is broken for a Passover gathering.

Jesus- the Bread of Life- was broken for us (John1:35)

He is the Head and we are the Body ( Rom12:5, 1Cor12:12)

There is one body-the Church- worldwide- universal. ( Ps133:1)

Commitment to the unity of the Church is essential for membership of the Church.(Eph4:3-6,13,

Being part of the Body of Christ also speaks of the need to commitment to the unity of the body.

 

 

It is the Holy Spirit Who baptises us into the Body of Christ, so we need to recognise Him to be all that God wants us to be. The Holy Spirit is the giver of the gifts of Power (Faith, Healing, Working of Miracles), Gifts of Utterance (Prophecy, Tongue sand Interpretation of tongues), Revelatory gifts (Word of Wisdom, Word of Knowledge and Discernment of Spirit). 1Cor12:4-8

The Holy Spirit also gives the ministry gifts – ( offices to the Church-

Apostle

Pastors

Prophets

Evangelists and

Teachers

and others besides ( administration, inspiration, generosity etc, Eph4:8-10

The Holy Spirit is the Teacher, Strengthener, Comforter, Standby, Guide, Advocate, Intercessor ( John16:7-8,13,14)

 

 

Just the Bread was broken, Jesus Christ’s body was broken to make us whole. He took our pain and sicknesses.  By His stripes we were healed. Isa53:4-6)

Therefore we can expect healing as we rightly discern the Body of Christ.

 

The grain of wheat is made up or the bran, endosperm and the germ.

 These are essential components to make healthy bread.

 

Similarly the Body of Christ is ONE body made up of different parts- people with complementary gifts, to work together in harmony to give fullness till we grow up to the fullness of the stature of the manhood in Christ. Eph4:3-6,13)

Therefore as the Body of Christ, we need each other to make a sumptuous sup.

We have a common destiny. Jesus is not coming for individuals but for the Church.

Hence we must recognise the role of the Church in our walk with Christ. We belong to the Body and not lone-rangers. (1Cor12:12)

 

The bread used for the Passover is unleavened bread. Leaven is yeast which makes bread rise. This is symbolic of sin.  Jesus took away the yeast (sin) Partakers of the bread have to confess their sins and be cleansed to partake of this Bread of life. This is why we should not take the communion lightly.

 

As we take the bread with reverence, God will open our eyes like He opened the eyes of those two men who were on their way to Emmaus. Jesus unfolded the scriptures – over 2000 as he accompanied them and their heart were burning and griped in awe, yet not knowing that He was the one in their midst. However as they sat and He broke the bread, their eyes were opened and they knew: ‘It is Jesus!’

 

 Let us Pray

 

Lord, may we realise that without you we will remain in our sin, without hope.

May we bow the knee at the cross to be made right with You.

Help us to recognise the Body of Christ ad play our part in maintaining its unity, contribute to its wholeness, advancement and the extension of Your Kingdom.

O that we will have zest as salt of the earth to make our lives tasty to your glory.

in Jesus’ Name Amen.

 

 

 

 

Exodus 12

8 Then they shall eat the flesh on that night; roasted in fire, with unleavened bread and with bitter herbs they shall eat it.

Luke 22

1 Now the Feast of Unleavened Bread drew near, which is called Passover.

  Institution of the Lord’s Supper

23   For I received from the Lord that which I also delivered to you: that the Lord Jesus on the same night in which He was betrayed took bread;

24   and when He had given thanks, He broke it and said, “Take, eat; this is My body which is broken for you; do this in remembrance of Me.”

25   In the same manner He also took the cup after supper, saying, “This cup is the new covenant in My blood. This do, as often as you drink it, in remembrance of Me.”

26   For as often as you eat this bread and drink this cup, you proclaim the Lord’s death till He comes.

Examine Yourself

27   Therefore whoever eats this bread or drinks this cup of the Lord in an unworthy manner will be guilty of the body and blood of the Lord.

28   But let a man examine himself, and so let him eat of the bread and drink of the cup.

29   For he who eats and drinks in an unworthy manner eats and drinks judgment to himself, not discerning the Lord’s body.

30   For this reason many are weak and sick among you, and many sleep.

31   For if we would judge ourselves, we would not be judged.1Cor11:

 

 

 

A Glorious Body

35   But someone will say, “How are the dead raised up? And with what body do they come?”

36   Foolish one, what you sow is not made alive unless it dies.

37   And what you sow, you do not sow that body that shall be, but mere grain — perhaps wheat or some other grain.

38   But God gives it a body as He pleases, and to each seed its own body.

39   All flesh is not the same flesh, but there is one kind of flesh of men, another flesh of animals, another of fish, and another of birds.

40   There are also celestial bodies and terrestrial bodies; but the glory of the celestial is one, and the glory of the terrestrial is another.

41   There is one glory of the sun, another glory of the moon, and another glory of the stars; for one star differs from another star in glory.

42   So also is the resurrection of the dead. The body is sown in corruption, it is raised in incorruption.

43   It is sown in dishonor, it is raised in glory. It is sown in weakness, it is raised in power.

44   It is sown a natural body, it is raised a spiritual body. There is a natural body, and there is a spiritual body.

1Cor15:35:44

 

Marriage — Christ and the Church

22   Wives, submit to your own husbands, as to the Lord.

23   For the husband is head of the wife, as also Christ is head of the church; and He is the Savior of the body.

24   Therefore, just as the church is subject to Christ, so let the wives be to their own husbands in everything.

25   Husbands, love your wives, just as Christ also loved the church and gave Himself for her,

26   that He might sanctify and cleanse her with the washing of water by the word,

27   that He might present her to Himself a glorious church, not having spot or wrinkle or any such thing, but that she should be holy and without blemish.

28   So husbands ought to love their own wives as their own bodies; he who loves his wife loves himself.

29   For no one ever hated his own flesh, but nourishes and cherishes it, just as the Lord does the church.

30   For we are members of His body, of His flesh and of His bones.

31   “For this reason a man shall leave his father and mother and be joined to his wife, and the two shall become one flesh.”

32   This is a great mystery, but I speak concerning Christ and the church.

Eph5:22-32

Luke24:13-31

31Then their eyes were opened and they knew Him; and He vanished from their sight. 

 

 

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The Passover for Crossing Over

The Passover for Crossing Over (Matt26:26, 1Cor10:16-17)

 

The Passover for crossing over (Ex12:11)

From death onto everlasting life; (Rom3:23,-6:23)

Damnation to acceptance in the beloved; (Eph1:6)

Sinfulness to righteousness In Christ; (Phil3:9, 2Cor5:21)

Separation to inclusion in the commonwealth; (Eph2:12)

Alienation to citizenship of heaven;(Phil3:20)

Darkness to the brightness of God; (Col1:13, Eph5:8)

Bondage to the glorious liberty in Christ; (John8:32, 36)

Condemnation to acquittal in Christ; (Rom8:1)

Hopelessness to the Hope in Christ; (Col1:27, Col1:5)

From blindness to restoration of sight. (Isa35:5, Isa42:7)

 

The Passover for remembrance of:

The goodness and faithfulness of God;11 (Deut7:9)

That He is a covenant keeping God, (Ps89:34)

Loves us with an unfailing Love; (Ps103:11-12)

The immutability and the integrity of God; (Heb8:16)

Super-abundant ability and zeal of the Lord

To perform what He promised;

That He is coming for His own as promised.( Rev22:20)

 

Let us remember the Lamb that took away

My sin, your sin, the sin of the whole world-

The One who knew no sin but was made to be sin;

The One at the Father’s right hand pleading your case;

The Intercessor, Wonderful, Emmanuel- God with us;

The Healer, Deliverer, the Door of the sheep,

The Good Shepherd, WHo lays down His life fr the sheep

The Way the Truth and the Life, the First and the Last

Our Peace, the Light of the World, the Good Shepherd,

Lily of the Valley, the Bright Morning Star, Counsellor,

The Prince of Peace, the Mighty God and Everlasting Father.  John1:1-3,29, 2Cor5:21, 1John2:1, Heb7:25 Eph2:14,Isa6:8, -7:14, Isa9:6-7, John10:1-4)

 

Let us remember that He was wounded for our transgressions,

Bruised for our iniquities; that the punishment that brought us peace was heaped on Him

and by His stripes we were healed. (Isa53:4-6)

 

Let us remember that we are saved by His grace, through faith and not of works, lest any one should boast.

He saved us from the power of sin and the penalty of sin and will one day save us from the presence of sin.

(Eph2:8-9, Luke10:19, 1John1:9, Rom10:9-10))

Remember, my soul, that you are a New Creature

Because of the Passover. You have crossed over,

Your sins are gone, the old has gone and the New has come. You are born again from above, a child of God.

(John3:3,8, 2Cor5:17, John1:12)

You are now clothed with the robe of the righteousness of Christ. (Isa61:10)

There is now no more condemnation to those who are in Christ Jesus, who walk after the Spirit and not after the flesh. (Rom8:1)

You are more than a conqueror in Christ, a light of the world, a salt of the earth, City on a hill, an ambassador, co-worker with God, with a ministry of reconciliation, God’s masterpiece and workmanship created for good works.

(Rom8:37, Matt5:13-16, Eph2:10, 1Cor3:9, 2Cor5:18)

If God is for you, who can be against you?

If God did not withhold Jesus but delivered Him up for you,  how will He not with Him also freely give you all things? (Rom8:31,32

The Father loves you as He loves Jesus.(John17:23)

 

Let us remember that: It is FINISHED! (John19:30)

The Lord Himself will descend

At the trumpet shout, at the voice of an arch angel

And the dead in Christ will rise up first,

and those who remain and know Him will be caught up wh them in the air, at the Bema Seat, where our works will be tried and the crowns given. (1Thess4:16-18, Rom14:12, Ps1:5, 1Cor9:24-27)

 

Let us remember to glorify Him until He comes.

If don’t know Him, it’s time to bow the knee at the cross and let Him in. Time is running out! (Rev3:20, John3:3,8, John1:12, 2Cor5:17, 2Cor6:2)

 

Maranatha. Come, Lord Jesus.

I Am Coming Quickly

20   He who testifies to these things says, “Surely I am coming quickly.” Amen. Even so, come, Lord Jesus! (Rev22:20)

 

 

Behold I come quickly!

Exodus 12

7  And thus you shall eat it: with a belt on your waist, your sandals on your feet, and your staff in your hand. So you shall eat it in haste. It is the LORD’s Passover.

27 that you shall say, ‘It is the Passover sacrifice of the LORD, who passed over the houses of the children ofIsrael inEgypt when He struck the Egyptians and delivered our households.’ ” So the people bowed their heads and worshiped.

John 13

1 Now before the Feast of the Passover, when Jesus knew that His hour had come that He should depart from this world to the Father, having loved His own who were in the world, He loved them to the end. 1     Now as they were eating, He said, “Assuredly, I say to you, one of you will betray Me.”

22   And they were exceedingly sorrowful, and each of them began to say to Him, “Lord, is it I?”

23   He answered and said, “He who dipped his hand with Me in the dish will betray Me.

24   The Son of Man indeed goes just as it is written of Him, but woe to that man by whom the Son of Man is betrayed! It would have been good for that man if he had not been born.”

25   Then Judas, who was betraying Him, answered and said, “Rabbi, is it I?” He said to him, “You have said it.”

Jesus Institutes the Lord’s Supper

26   And as they were eating, Jesus took bread, blessed and broke it, and gave it to the disciples and said, “Take, eat; this is My body.”

27   Then He took the cup, and gave thanks, and gave it to them, saying, “Drink from it, all of you.

28   For this is My blood of the new covenant, which is shed for many for the remission of sins.

29   But I say to you, I will not drink of this fruit of the vine from now on until that day when I drink it new with you in My Father’s kingdom.”

30   And when they had sung a hymn, they went out to theMount of Olives.

 

 

Isaiah 9

7  Of the increase of His government and peace There will be no end, Upon the throne of David and over His kingdom, To order it and establish it with judgment and justice From that time forward, even forever. The zeal of the Lord of hosts will perform this.

 

16   For the Lord Himself will descend from heaven with a shout, with the voice of an archangel, and with the trumpet of God. And the dead in Christ will rise first.

17   Then we who are alive and remain shall be caught up together with them in the clouds to meet the Lord in the air. And thus we shall always be with the Lord.

18   Therefore comfort one another with these words.1Thess4:16-18

I Am Coming Quickly

20   He who testifies to these things says, “Surely I am coming quickly.” Amen. Even so, come, Lord Jesus! (Rev22:20)

 HAPPY EASTER!

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