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The Resurrection and the Passover-Just a Few Thoughts

By Watchman | April 19, 2011

 

But He was wounded for our transgressions, He was bruised for our iniquities; the chastisement for our peace was upon Him, and by His stripes we are healed.   (Isaiah 53:5)

In this the love of God was manifested toward us, that God has sent His only begotten Son into the world, that we might live through Him.  In this is love, not that we loved God, but that He loved us and sent His Son to be the propitiation for our sins.  (1 John 4:9-10)

         While our Jewish brothers and sisters are observing Passover in remembrance of God’s mercy in providing a way for the angel of death to pass over Hebrew households living under the Egyptian pharoah’s rule and allowing them to begin their journey to the land He had promised them, Christians across the world are celebrating Holy Week: the yearly commemoration of the crucifixion, death and triumphant resurrection of our Lord Jesus Christ.   This involves a measure of Passover observance for us as well.  Our roots as a Christian people remain in Judaism.  The Jews were and will always be the chosen people of God–His wife.  We, as believers in Jesus as the Messiah, are the bride of Christ.    This relationship between the two faiths is the most basic and simplistic of reasons why many believers also acknowledge the season of Passover; however, there is a further dimension for us:  God has provided us with a second Passover:   a “passover” from sin and death to righteousness and eternal life with Him! 

      Like most believers, I love Christmas; celebrating the Word and Love of the Father coming down from God Himself in  human form.  It was not until I was born again, however, that I understood the overwhelming power of that last week in the life of my Lord.  Now Easter will never be a “secondary” holiday for me again. 

     God loves us.  He loves us so much that He hated the idea that our sin could separate us from Him for all eternity, so He sent His own dearly beloved Son to take the entire weight of our sins upon His sinless body and spirit and become the only perfect blood sacrifice  so that we might be redeemed from the eternal fires of hell.   When Jesus, who knew no sin, was horribly crucified on Calvary’s cross, He paid the price of redemption for all who would turn to Him with repentant hearts.  My gratitude and my love for Him is mingled with shame that every lie I’ve ever uttered, every unkind or blasphemous word I’ve ever spoken, every act of rebellion or evil I’ve committed was already known in advance by Him, and helped drive nails into those blessed palms and feet; they were the substance of every lash that afflicted His beaten body.  He died for me!  Not just for mankind’s general evils, but because I, Melissa, have committed evil and He didn’t want me to have to take upon myself the payment for my sins, so He took my sins with Him to be crucified along with Him.  He did it for you, too, brothers and sisters.  He knew your names and your sins even then, two thousand years ago, and He died for you, personally.   Can you even fathom this love?  I can understand a love that would die to save a child or loved one–but a love that would die for a people some of whom would mock and loathe Him forever?  That would curse His name and demand that He be allowed no place in the public arena?  That would reject His divine right to have His word be our nation’s guide and His presence acknowledged?  Can you fathom a love that continues though it be rejected, twisted, cheapened and scorned?   I cannot, but I am unbelievably grateful for it.   I am grateful that Jesus took this horrible punishment from me, laying Himself down on the cross of His own accord so that I might be a part of the great passover from death unto life.   When Jesus declared from His cross, “It is finished” (John 19:30),  the price of our freedom from the bondage of Satan had been paid. 

     Then Christ rose again!  Praise God!   He died for our sins, but His resurrection declared Him to be precisely who He had said He was;  He who could overcome death and hell and change the world!  And because of Him, we need never fear death nor hell nor sorrow, for He has gone to prepare a place for us in heaven (John 14:2) so that we might be forever in His presence.   

     It has become common for people to say that they believe in God, but they have no right to speak about Him publically, which could offend others who do not believe.  It has become correct in the worldly sense to claim that we cannot know for sure that Jesus is Lord and so therefore we must acknowledge that the spiritual paths of those following false gods are as legitimate as our own.   I declare that we DO know that Jesus is Lord, and that if we love others as He has commanded us to do, we will do everything possible to spread the gospel so that those who are doomed may meet our Lord and be saved.  I declare that there is but ONE way to God; Jesus said, “I am the way, the truth, and the life.  No one comes to the Father except through Me.” (John 14:6)   And I declare that if I am ashamed to speak of my Lord to others, He will be ashamed to present me to our Father.

     If you still have not accepted Jesus as your Lord and savior, search your heart, repent of your sins and come to Him now.  Jesus loves you and is waiting for you to call upon His name:  He will forgive you of your sins and grant you eternal life.  Time is growing short. 

Happy Resurrection Day to you all.

     “Blessing and honor, and glory, and power be to Him who sits on the throne, and to the Lamb, forever and ever!”   (Rev. 5:13)

Maranatha!

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2 Responses to “The Resurrection and the Passover-Just a Few Thoughts”

  1. Shirley Says:
    April 22nd, 2011 at 11:05 am

    Well done, Watchman! All I can think or say in response to this is: Hallelujah! and Amen!

  2. Cbr Says:
    November 10th, 2015 at 5:27 am

    the pray he said and that was when i was so into god i felt like well i dont know how to explane. but god have chgaend my life so much and i would not be here if it was not for him and have such great parents and family and friends THANKS GOD FOR EVERYTHING YOU DID IN MY LIFE I LOVE YOU SO MUCH AND CANT WAIT TO SEE YOU SEE YOU IN HEAVEN :):):):):):)

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