Word for Wednesday

In the fourteenth day of the first month at even is the Lord’s passover. Leviticus 23:5

Perhaps no feast or holy day of the Jews is better known to Christians than the Passover, or Pesach, as the Jews refer to it. Most of us know where the term comes from, and the story behind the Passover. In perhaps the greatest miracle of national delivery of all time, God inflicted the plague of the death of the firstborn on Egypt, setting the Israelites free to go to their promised land. Unlike the nine earlier plagues that had no impact on the Children of Israel, the tenth plague required an act on their part to protect themselves from it. This act of applying the blood of a properly prepared and slain lamb to the doorpost and lintel is to be commemorated forever by the Israelites in a feast called Passover. There is no requirement for the Christian to participate in this feast. But we don’t become a Christian unless we participate in what this feast speaks of.

The passover is a picture of redemption. The slain paschal lamb pictures for us the Lord Jesus in His offering of Himself to redeem us from the slavery of sin and self. The application of His blood is not only our protection from the wrath of God but is also our ticket for the homeward journey to Heaven. Just as the Passover was a one-time, one-evening event for the Israelite, so our salvation is a one-time event that needs never be repeated. But it ought to always be remembered every day, even every hour, since it occurred. And on each Lord’s Day morning, the united hearts of the Lord’s people express our appreciation for the Lamb of God. The Lord’s Supper is a remembrance not only of the crucifixion, death, and resurrection of our Saviour, but is also the remembrance of our own salvation, when we first entered into the blessing of our Passover Lamb.

Note that the Passover was the very first of the seven feasts of Jehovah. Another feast, lasting an entire week, began the following day, but nothing preceded the passover. Without the Passover, none of the other feasts mattered. There would be nothing to celebrate unless the Passover occurred. And so it is with us. The first and most important date on our calendar is the date of our salvation. Other great events followed, but they have meaning only in the context of our salvation.

Thank You, Lord, for saving my soul. Thank You, Lord, for making me whole. Thank You, Lord, for giving to me Thy great salvation so rich and free. – Jim MacIntosh

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