While the Israelites were still in the land of Egypt, the Lord gave the following instructions to Moses and Aaron: “From now on, this month will be the first month of the year for you…Take special care of this chosen animal until the evening of the fourteenth day of this first month. Then the whole assembly of the community of Israel must slaughter their lamb or young goat at twilight. They are to take some of the blood and smear it on the sides and top of the doorframes of the houses where they eat the animal. That same night they must roast the meat over a fire and eat it along with bitter salad greens and bread made without yeast…”
“…These are your instructions for eating this meal: Be fully dressed, wear your sandals, and carry your walking stick in your hand. Eat the meal with urgency, for this is the Lord’s Passover.”
Exodus 12:1-2, 6-8, 11 NLT
Welcome to Part 7 of our 7-part series based on the sermon by Bishop Bob Alonge that outlines 7 important things to note about the Passover. Thank You, God, for Your Word and Grace to go on this journey and thank you, dearest reader, for joining us!
In the first article of this series, we noted that the Passover was beneficial to both God and man. In the second article, we noted that God told the Israelites to celebrate the Passover every year; passing on from generation to generation, the memory of what God did for them in Egypt – liberation from slavery and oppression. We too, when taking the communion and in other Christian practices, remember that Jesus’ sacrifice brought us forgiveness and freedom from sin, disease, Hell & so much more! In the third article, we noted that God commanded the Israelites to eat bread without leaven (yeast) which symbolises a life without sin.
In the fourth article, we recognised that God’s commandment for the entire lamb to be roasted by fire and eaten with no leftovers was to emphasise the Holiness of the sacrifice. In the fifth article, we noted that a lamb was chosen to save an entire household, and Jesus does the same for our families and communities but we must choose Him by Faith. In the sixth article, we emphasised the meaning behind the Passover which is by one act God struck down the enemy of Israel and at the same time liberated His people, which is precisely what Christ has done for us!
So lastly, the seventh thing to note from the Passover story is that the Israelites were to eat the meal with a strong sense of readiness to embark on a journey. You see with God, the end is always a beginning. The end of their slavery and oppression in Egypt was the beginning of their journey to the Promised Land God had prepared for them. The same goes for us as Christians, before we received Christ as our Saviour and Lord, we were disconnected from God, our spirits were dead and our lives were controlled by sin and under the oppression of the enemy. That life ends the meant we receive the finished work of Christ and immediately we begin a new life in which we are fully connected to God, our spirits are alive and thriving, and the Holy Spirit begins to take control of our lives as we let Him led us to overcome every obstacles and tactic of the enemy, and reign as ings according to our individual purpose.
So now there is no condemnation for those who belong to Christ Jesus. And because you belong to him, the power of the life-giving Spirit has freed you from the power of sin that leads to death. The law of Moses was unable to save us because of the weakness of our sinful nature. So God did what the law could not do. He sent his own Son in a body like the bodies we sinners have. And in that body God declared an end to sin’s control over us by giving his Son as a sacrifice for our sins. He did this so that the just requirement of the law would be fully satisfied for us, who no longer follow our sinful nature but instead follow the Spirit.
Romans 8:1-4 NLT
It is so amazing that before we even chose to obey Him, to even accept – Christ, the Son of God did so much for us! But we should never forget that experience all of it depends on one simple decision. Yes, all that God has made available to us: fellowship with Him, freedom from sin and death, kingship in His Eternal Kingdom; all of it depends on our choice to believe and receive by Faith, Jesus the Christ as our Saviour and Lord. Yes there is one aspect of this decision that we make once and for all at the beginning of our Christian journey, but there is also the daily, moment by moment, surrender and submission to the Holy Spirit.
While are our spirits are alive in Christ, our mind still needs to be transformed to align with the mind of our King Jesus. This is why it is so important to prioritise spending time in the Word of God, in Prayer and Worship – they are great tools for transforming our minds. Sharing the Good News (Gospel) of Jesus and His Eternal Kingdom often also helps our minds to stay focused on being a part of God’s Kingdom plan (Read this article for more on this topic). We must also prioritise our individual God-given purpose above our hustle for our human desires (Read this article for more on this topic).
Special practices/rituals such as taking the communion and celebrating Easter or Christmas, also help us in our journey of transformation. Remember all these are simply tools, the most important thing is to have an active and personal relationship with Jesus Christ – His Love for You is infinite.
- Thank God for the sacrifice of Jesus Christ, open up your heart to receive by faith His saving Grace in any aspect of your life you really need to experience it in. If you feel led, take the communion.
- Submit your life to the Holy Spirit afresh, ask Him to show you areas of Your Life where you’re struggling to hand over control to Him and to help you to do so.
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- This article is part 7 of a 7-day series based on the Passover by Bishop Bob Alonge. Watch here.
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