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When the Ritual Meets the Reason

The Passion of the Christ  •  Sermon  •  Submitted
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Introduction to the message

This season again upon us where we are celebrating the gospel message, the death, burial and resurrection of the Lord Jesus Christ. This should always be a cause for celebration because without Jesus being crucified and bodily resurrected, then, hell would still be our destination and damnation would still be the sentence. Without the Savior’s sacrifice, then humanity still owes God their lives because the wages of sin is death. Death is the judgement of sin instituted by God in the beginning and Adam was the first victim, which had the trickle down effect to all humanity. The Old Testament provided the road map to worship and the rudiment necessary for worship, while the New Testament is the reason for the road map and rudiments of worship. The feasts of the Old Testament served as the guide for worship while the New Testament gives us the person of our worship. As we begin our Passion Series simply titled “The Passion of Purpose,” we will take a peek into the final week of Jesus Christ as he now comes to grips with his own prophecies concerning him. Through the four “passion prophecies” Jesus shares with his disciples, He speaks of the suffering allowed by God, inflicted by the Jews and carried out by the Romans. He speaks of the rejection he will face from those whom he had chosen to be his people. Caiphas, the High Priest set a diabolical plot in motion because he cared more about his position in the people rather than the people themselves. After raising Lazarus from the dead, he thought it better that one man die to save a nation. The week starts with Jesus triumphantly entering Jerusalem on a donkey as a fulfillment of the prophecy recorded in , chasing money changers out of the Temple and reestablishing it as a house of prayer. From Hosanna to crucify him…what a difference a week makes…Our first installment takes a peek into the room where Christ is celebrating the Feast of Passover (the last one) with His disciples in a prepared place in Jerusalem. This is the first of the seven biblical feast that occurs in the Jewish month Nissan which is our Marc/April months. As we peek in the room where Jesus and his band of disciples gather, what you have is the “ritual” meeting the “reason.”

The Feast of Passover

The feast of passover is celebrated on the fourteenth day on the first month in the afternoon and a Seder meal is prepared to be eaten in the evening. The feast celebrated the deliverance of Israel from Egyptian bondage, and it was a type of Christ—the lamb slain for us, by whose blood we are sprinkled, and in whom we have redemption. The elements of this particular meal are a lamb, bitter herbs and unleavened bread(there is also a fest of Unleavened bread not in conjunction with the feast of Passover. The seder meal is eaten on the first and second nights and it has moments of reflection, remembrance and worship. This feast is first in the line of the seven biblical feast outlined by Moses in the book of Leviticus, and it starts the Jewish new year with reflection and remembrance of their natural deliverance from Egyptian bondage on that fateful night when the firstborn of Egypt perished by the tenth plague. Pharoah decree concerning the firstborn of Egypt ended up being a death sentence for his own people. The elements of this passover meal included a roasted lamb, unleavened bread, and bitter herbs. The blood of the lamb was sprinkled on the door post and the Lord passed over their house. The lamb represent the sacrifice necessary for atonement, the blood on the door was necessary for redemption. The unleavened bread represent the sinless nature of Christ and it could be baked quickly because they had to be ready to leave at any given point and time. The bitter herbs spoke to the bitterness and hardship their bondage had been. The Israelites ate this particular meal in their “travelling” clothes as a sign of their faith. Even though this meal occurs while still in slavery, the people of God believed in God, so they wanted to be prepared for the journey. “Until you are ready for the trip, then you will never take the trip.

There will be the moment of thanksgiving and worship for what the Lord had done.

as we peek in the intimate setting of the Passover meal with the disciples, no doubt that Jesus has taken them through the parable of how God delivered Israel from Egypt and how God took down the world power through frogs, locust and hail. He tells them this story with first hand account because He was there in the beginning. Jesus always stated that He did not come to destroy the law but to fulfill the law. As they share in this wonderful experience with Jesus, during the Passover seder meal and through God’s providence, the Jewish passover of the Old Testament melted into the Lord’s Supper asa the stars of night dissolve into the light of the rising morning sun. He took the unleavened bread and wine of the Passover supper and incorporated them in to the elements to be used in the Lord’s supper.
Eugelogeo: to ask God to bestow favor on, with the implication that the verbal act itself constitutes a significance benefit.

The elements of communion now become effective and life -changing

The elements of the passover: Unleavened bread, unblemished lamb, wine, bitter herbs
Blood-sinner’s justification
An unblemished lamb was chosen and examined for four days(Christ was chosen and examined for four days by Israels religious leaders for defects, and was slain at 3:00p.m.)
The shedding of the blood is the basis of salvation

He requires participation in the pardon from sin

Hebrews 9:22 ESV
Indeed, under the law almost everything is purified with blood, and without the shedding of blood there is no forgiveness of sins.
The sprinkling of the blood is the appropriation of salvation (believers sanctification)
The lamb had to be eaten concurrently with unleavened bread, eat the lamb, drink the wine, bitter herbs.
The part of the Passo
Jesus wanted them to know that the “reason” was now here and it makes this “ritual” more effective because now you know why we celebrate the cross of Calvary.

He required participation in the suffering and salvation his son

The bread represents the holy human body of Jesus
1 Corinthians 5:6–8 ESV
Your boasting is not good. Do you not know that a little leaven leavens the whole lump? Cleanse out the old leaven that you may be a new lump, as you really are unleavened. For Christ, our Passover lamb, has been sacrificed. Let us therefore celebrate the festival, not with the old leaven, the leaven of malice and evil, but with the unleavened bread of sincerity and truth.
1 Corinthians
The wine represents his precious, sin-atoning blood
Ephesians 5:18 ESV
And do not get drunk with wine, for that is debauchery, but be filled with the Spirit,

There insues an “eternal” conversation that brings internal” transformation

An “eternal” conversation that brings internal” transformation takes place ().

Eucharisteo: be thankful, feel obligated to thank, express gratitude for benefits or blessings
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