For I pass on to you what I received from the Lord himself. On the night when he was betrayed, the Lord Jesus took some bread and gave thanks to God for it. Then he broke it in pieces and said, “This is my body, which is given for you. Do this to remember me.” In the same way, he took the cup of wine after supper, saying, “This cup is the new covenant between God and his people—an agreement confirmed with my blood. Do this to remember me as often as you drink it.” For every time you eat this bread and drink this cup, you are announcing the Lord’s death until he comes again. So anyone who eats this bread or drinks this cup of the Lord unworthily is guilty of sinning against the body and blood of the Lord. That is why you should examine yourself before eating the bread and drinking the cup. For if you eat the bread or drink the cup without honoring the body of Christ, you are eating and drinking God’s judgment upon yourself. That is why many of you are weak and sick and some have even died.”
1 Corinthians 11:23-30 NLT
Let us to take time to recognize what our Lord has done for us. As we near resurrection weekend, may we reflect on the price that was paid for our ransom. Today is listed as "Maundy Thursday" in what is traditionally called Holy Week. Simply put, "Maundy Thursday" means Holy Thursday. This day commemorates the Passover. Jewish people call it "Seder". Passover commemorated the deliverance of the children of Israel from Egyptian slavery by God in Exodus 12 when the blood of a lamb had to be placed upon the door posts of every home in the camp of Israel - Goshen. The shed blood of the lamb would be observed by the death angel as it "passed over" the land. Only the blood of a spotless lamb could suffice.
Just as then, we too, must have the blood of the spotless Lamb - Jesus Christ upon the "door posts" of our lives in order for death to "pass over" us. There are two kinds of death: spiritual and physical. When Adam and Eve sinned in the garden of Eden in Genesis 3:1-7, mankind fell from a right relationship with God, resulting in an immediate death (spiritual) - separation from God and leading to inevitable death (physical) - the degradation of our human bodies. Death reigned upon man until Jesus came. Jesus is our Passover Lamb for all eternity. Only His blood can satisfy the wrath of God toward sin. Only His blood is sinless. Only He has paid the sin debt we owed and only He was a qualified candidate for its payment. "In whom we have redemption through his blood, even the forgiveness of sins:” Colossians 1:14 KJV “Forasmuch as ye know that ye were not redeemed with corruptible things, as silver and gold, from your vain conversation received by tradition from your fathers; But with the precious blood of Christ, as of a lamb without blemish and without spot:” 1 Peter 1:18-19 KJV “That as sin hath reigned unto death, even so might grace reign through righteousness unto eternal life by Jesus Christ our Lord.” Romans 5:21 KJV
I suggest that you read all of Exodus 12 and Romans 5. Today, let's reflect on what Christ Jesus has accomplished for us. Let us bow in solemn worship to The Lamb of God!!!
Rev. Curtis Norris