“And the disciples did as Jesus had directed them, and they prepared the Passover. When it was evening, he reclined at table with the twelve. And as they were eating, he said, “Truly, I say to you, one of you will betray me.” And they were very sorrowful and began to say to him one after another, “Is it I, Lord?” He answered, “He who has dipped his hand in the dish with me will betray me. The Son of Man goes as it is written of him, but woe to that man by whom the Son of Man is betrayed! It would have been better for that man if he had not been born.” Judas, who would betray him, answered, “Is it I, Rabbi?” He said to him, “You have said so.”
Now as they were eating, Jesus took bread, and after blessing it broke it and gave it to the disciples, and said, “Take, eat; this is my body.” And he took a cup, and when he had given thanks he gave it to them, saying, “Drink of it, all of you, for this is my blood of the covenant, which is poured out for many for the forgiveness of sins. I tell you I will not drink again of this fruit of the vine until that day when I drink it new with you in my Father’s kingdom.” Matthew 26: 19-29
Last evening I had the pleasure to attend a Seder Dinner (Passover meal) at my church. One of our pastors recently returned from a short trip to Israel (Jerusalem). A trip of a life time. And due to that the love and care he put into our time last night was quite noticible. The instruction and explanation of each aspect of the meal. Of what each meant within the Jewish home and most importantly how each aspect pointed to Jesus-Our Messiah and Savior. The love he has for Jesus is and was palpable. So easily seen and heard.
I hope to one day be able to experience such a trip-to have it change me even more than I have already…To walk where Jesus walked and to see where He sacrificed Himself for us. The Passover Lamb. Young. Unblemished. Unbroken. JESUS. I can imagine, even now, that I would be sobbing in humble adoration. Because He knew. He knew as He broke bread that night with His disciples, including Judas, what was about to come. Although they didn’t fully understand at that moment, He created a new covenant with humanity.
This new covenant meant that the old law of having to try to keep law after law was dead. The sacrifices would now no longer be needed to cleanse us of our sins-the shedding of His blood handled that forever! We no longer would need to pray through someone else-because of His sacrifice we now have an open door to God. The need to get ‘good work after good work’ done to make it into Heaven is no more. This new covenant comes with a present…the Holy Spirit. Once we accept Jesus as our Lord and Savior and ask Him to forgive our sins this gift is bestowed upon us. To give us a direct line to God. For God to guide us, to communicate with us, to comfort us.
Jesus’ actions two thousand years ago are still so very relevant today. HE is relevant, He IS alive and He is well. He did it all for YOU and I. God is with us always. Whether or not we believe in Him, He is beside us waiting for us to turn to Him.
We need to do OUR part. The Christian faith is an active one. We cannot sit on our bums and expect God to do all the work. Our faith works when we partake in it. Reading His Word-which can and will guide us in our daily lives-scriptures that will take hold of our heart for the difficult times that we will face. Be in prayer-conversation with God-REMINDER: a conversation is a two way street…take time to sit quietly and listen for Him. Be in fellowship regularly with other believers-we need to uplift each other and hold each other accountable.
I honestly can go on and on…God loves YOU. Jesus was tortured (literally), died and resurrected for YOU. He wants a personal relationship with YOU.
Come. Try Him out. HE won’t disappoint you.
God bless on this Holy Thursday.
In Jesus’ precious name.