‘Moreover, they shall take some of the blood and put it on the two doorposts and on the lintel of the houses in which they eat it.
On the first day of Unleavened Bread, when the Passover lamb was being sacrificed, His disciples said to Him, “Where do You want us to go and prepare for You to eat the Passover?”
but with precious blood, as of a lamb unblemished and spotless, the blood of Christ. knowing that you were not redeemed with perishable things like silver or gold from your futile way of life inherited from your forefathers,
All who dwell on the earth will worship him, everyone whose name has not been written from the foundation of the world in the book of life of the Lamb who has been slain.
“You know that after two days the Passover is coming, and the Son of Man is to be handed over for crucifixion.”
Our Passover Lamb
From: Our Daily Journey
Many countries have unique ways to welcome in a new year. Thai people splash water at one another as part of a ritual cleansing. Some Chileans go to cemeteries and sleep near the graves of deceased loved ones. And Estonians participate in feasting a total of seven times on New Year’s Day, symbolizing hoped-for abundance in the months to come.
Jews now celebrate their civil new year with the Feast of Trumpets or Rosh Hashanah (Leviticus 23:23-25). But according to the Torah, Passover is their sacred new year (Exodus 12:2). The Passover meal, a family meal (Exodus 12:3-4), commemorates God’s deliverance from the bondage of slavery to live freely as His people.
Hours before He was crucified, Jesus ate a Passover meal with His disciples (Luke 22:7-18). But He turned the ancient meal into something new, revealing its deepest significance. Breaking the bread, Jesus explained, “This is my body, which is given for you. Do this in remembrance of me.” As He shared the wine, He said, “This cup is the new covenant between God and his people—an agreement confirmed with my blood, which is poured out as a sacrifice for you” (Luke 22:19-20).
As the true Passover Lamb (Exodus 12:21-23; Hebrews 9:14,22), Jesus fulfilled what the ceremony pointed to. He was the perfect sacrifice that cleanses from sin and gives believers full access to God (Hebrews 9:27-28, 10:12-13).
Believers take part in the Lord’s Supper (communion) as a means of thanking and worshiping Christ, lovingly remembering and experiencing the reality of His sacrifice for us. As God’s family, it’s our privilege and joy to share this meal in fellowship with other believers (1 Corinthians 10:16-17).
Getting There (1)
The heavenly race
From: Charles Spurgeon
“So run, that ye may obtain.” 1 Corinthians 9:24
Suggested Further Reading: Hebrews 11:39-12:2
When zealous racers on yonder heath are flying across the plain, seeking to obtain the reward, the whole heath is covered with multitudes of persons, who are eagerly gazing upon them, and no doubt the noise of those who cheer them onward and the thousand eyes of those who look upon them, have a tendency to make them stretch every nerve, and press with vigour on. It was so in the games to which the apostle alludes. There the people sat on raised platforms, while the racers ran before them, and they cried to them, and the friends of the racers urged them forward, and the kindly voice would ever be heard bidding them go on. Now, Christian brethren, how many witnesses are looking down upon you. Down! Do I say? It is even so. From the battlements of heaven the angels look down upon you, and they seem to cry today to you with sweet, silvery voice, “Ye shall reap if ye faint not; ye shall be rewarded if ye continue steadfast in the work and faith of Christ.” And the saints look down upon you—Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob; martyrs and confessors, and your own pious relatives who have ascended to heaven, look down upon you; and if I might so speak, I think sometimes you might hear the clapping of their hands when you have resisted temptation and overcome the enemy; and you might see their suspense when you are lagging in the course, and you might hear their friendly word of caution as they bid you gird up the loins of your mind, and lay aside every weight, and still speed forward; never resting to take your breath, never staying for a moment’s ease till you have attained the flowery beds of heaven, where you may rest for ever.
For meditation: Do Spurgeon’s words, spoken on a Friday afternoon from the “Grand Stand, Epsom Race-course” strike you as over-fanciful? The pages of Scripture are full of lessons from the heroes of faith, still speaking to us down the centuries (Hebrews 11:4). They witness to us from their own experience “It can be done; by God’s grace we ran the race; by God’s grace you can run it too” (2 Timothy 4:7).