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The Lord’s Supper

April 10, 2020

The Lord’s Supper

This period of Passover and Easter meet.  According to a Catholic encyclopaedia at the time of the early church the Passover was taken into the church calendar.  Both the meanings of Passover from the Jewish point of view and the Christian point of view have the idea of being freed from bondage and slavery. Jews escaped slavery from the Egyptians and Christians reflect on this covenant and the New covenant was inaugurated through Jesus Christ the Messiah. Jesus provides a way to be free from sin in his blood.  The breaking of bread takes on different forms in various church traditions, but this is the basic idea.

 

As the book of Hebrews says that Jesus was a priest according to the order of Melchizedek.

He was High Priest and King in Jerusalem at the time of Abraham.  For Christians Jesus was also the Passover lamb.   In the Old Testament the blood was put over the doorways of every house and when the Angel of Death came he “passed over” the houses of the firstborn. No one who listened to Moses command would die in the Jewish quarter. Jesus as the Passover Lamb protects us from this second spiritual death and gives the hope of resurrection.

 

Mark chapter 14 verses 22-31


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 While they were eating, He took some bread, and after a blessing He broke it, and gave it to them, and said, “Take it; this is My body.” 23 And when He had taken a cup and given thanks, He gave it to them, and they all drank from it. 24 And He said to them, “This is My blood of the covenant, which is poured out for many. 25 Truly I say to you, I will never again drink of the fruit of the vine until that day when I drink it new in the kingdom of God.”
26  After singing a hymn, they went out to the Mount of Olives.
27  And Jesus *said to them, “You will all fall away, because it is written, ‘I WILL STRIKE DOWN THE SHEPHERD, AND THE SHEEP SHALL BE SCATTERED.’ 28 But after I have been raised, I will go ahead of you to Galilee.”

 

 

29 But Peter said to Him, “Even though all may fall away, yet I will not.” 30 And Jesus *said to him, “Truly I say to you, that  this very night, before a rooster crows twice, you yourself will deny Me three times.” 31 But Peter kept saying insistently, “Even if I have to die with You, I will not deny You!” And they all were saying the same thing also. Mark 14:22-31

Lent: Mark chapter 14 verse 1

February 16, 2015

Death Plot and Anointing

14 Now the Passover and Unleavened Bread were two days away; and the chief priests and the scribes were seeking how to seize Him by stealth and kill Him;

We now come into the period of Lent. Lent for Christians is a time of preparation for the greatest of the festivals in the Christian calendar. The death and resurrection has had profound influence on the world that we live in. Even time has BC and AD on it. In other words Before Christ and after the Death of our Lord.

I want to start by looking at Mark chapter 14 verse 1

Now the Passover and Unleavened Bread were two days away; and the chief priests and the scribes were seeking how to seize Him by stealth and kill Him;

Background information with a large paint brush

The Passover in Judaism even to this day is a big festival. It is when the angel of death passed over all the houses that had blood splattered over the door posts. This was a sign that the First born would be spared. Any person who refused this would have lost their first born child. The Angel of death continued and in the story Egypt did not escape this judgement from God.

Remember that when this story was told the Israelites were slaves of the Egyptians.

Relating to Jesus
It was around this festival that the political and religious leaders wanted to kill Jesus. Jesus did no wrong but only healed and preached and pointed people in the direction of having a true relationship with God.

Other peace makers
Interesting how jealousy tends to be taken out on the peacemakers in this world. Gandhi was a peace maker and was murdered for it. Martin Luther King another peace maker was killed in cold blood. Malcolm X after he gave up the idea of violence was murdered. Nelson Mandela spent many years of his life under house arrest and out of this list he was the only one who died in old age.

Yes these other examples are important but for Christians the death of Jesus was no accident. As the angel of death passed over Israel and the first born were saved, so too by Jesus’ blood, God’s wrath would pass over any wrong doer.