CHRIST OUR PASSOVER LAMB [V]
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Scripture Reading: [Colossians 2:14-15; Ephesians 6:10-18]
The Passover – a Spiritual Warfare
The Lords Supper commemorates our triumph in Christ over the works of darkness by the death and resurrection of Jesus Christ. God placed judgment on all the gods of Egypt by the Passover of Moses. Their gods were totally helpless in delivering the Egyptians in their greatest hour of need. Just as their gods could not deliver them from the wrath and judgment of God, the blood of Jesus and the name of Jesus are very powerful in expelling devils from the lives of the oppressed. At the name of Jesus every knee bows and every tongue (including those of principalities and powers) confesses that He is Lord of heaven and earth. [Luke 10:19; Luke 9:1, Mark 16:16-18; Matthew 28:18-20]. So both the blood of Jesus and the name of Jesus are our instruments of wonder in spiritual warfare, doing maximum damage to the kingdom of darkness, and giving us the authority to celebrate the spoiling of principalities and powers by Jesus on the cross.
Col 2: 14-15 14 Blotting out the handwriting of ordinances that was against us, which was contrary to us, and took it out of the way, nailing it to his cross; 15 And having spoiled principalities and powers, he made a shew of them openly, triumphing over them in it.
Passover in Reverence and Readiness for Heaven
The Apostle Paul gave a whole treatise on the importance of reverence in serving and taking part in the Lord’s Supper, the Christian Passover Meal in 1 Corinthians 11: 20-34. The Old Testament Passover was equally commemorated with utmost reverence [Exodus 12:11]. The Passover was to the children of Israel, the preparation of the journey to the land of Canaan. Similarly, we Christians are on a spiritual journey to heaven. From Eph 6:10-18 we see there are giant evil forces to conquer as the children of Israel conquered before they got to the Promised Land. Let’s review the correlation.
Old Testament – Exodus 12:11 And thus shall ye eat it; with your loins girded, your shoes on your feet, and your staff in your hand; and ye shall eat it in haste: it is the LORD’s passover.
New Testament Eph 6:14-15 14 Stand therefore, having your loins girt about with truth, and having on the breastplate of righteousness; 15 And your feet shod with the preparation of the gospel of peace;
While the enemy keeps sending the darts, continue to use the sword of the Spirit which is a mightier weapon, examining and covering yourself, guarding areas where he wants to have a foothold or penetrate into your life. Note that God’s word is not a magical portion but a two-edged sword, it will it will cleanse you bringing you to the point of total obedience and then avenge for you. When you cross this bridge by faith, God’s word will always work for you because you become totally consumed by the will of God [2 Corinthians 10:3-6]. As the word of God says, God does not take pleasure in the burnt sacrifices of bulls and goats but rather in doing the will of God [Heb 10:4-10].
The Holy Communion – Christian Passover Meal
Anyone coming to Holy Communion, whether a first timer or a frequent Christian should take it with the attitude of the English idiom that says, “The proof of the pudding is in the eating” which one writer explains that it means ”something new can only be judged
after it has been tested”. If you are repenting of your sins and being born anew into the kingdom at the table for the first time, it is better to postpone you taking the meal to another occasion. The Lord supper should be reverentially served and eaten in the following manner by those who are already reconciled to God, that is, those who have confessed Jesus as their Lord and Saviour prior to the meal.
1. Every person should examine himself or herself that they are in right standing with God (loins girt about with truth). Thoroughly examine yourself; ensure there is no hidden sin that is not confessed. Confess it and receive assurance in your heart that you are forgiven. Otherwise, this could hinder both corporate and personal prayers [2 Corinthians 13:5].
2. Give God thanks that you have opportunity to take part in it [1 Corinthians 11:24-25], knowing you are doing this in remembrance of Jesus’ death and resurrection.
3. Exercise your faith to receive whatever you ask God at the meal table because God is a righteous judge. If some eat of the bread and drink the cup bringing damnation on themselves, you can eat and drink reverentially bringing healing and reenacting your physical and spiritual Being here on earth.
4. It is an opportunity to judge yourself in the spiritual shortfalls you have instead of waiting for God to judge and chastise you which we know is most times not pleasant [1 Corinthians 11:29-32].
5. The meal should be served and eaten in love, in preference of one another. No form of spiritual or physical gluttony is permitted at the meal table [1 Corinthians 11:33-34].
Prayer of Faith
1. Lord thank you for the weapons you have given to me to overcome all obstacles on my journey to heaven. I equip myself with these weapons and use them to cause maximum damage against the kingdom of darkness in the mighty name of Jesus.
2 I celebrate the Lordship of Jesus over all principalities and powers in every department of my life in Jesus Name. Amen and Amen.