Christian Life Church - Cedar Rapids
Lords Prayer Before we begin today’s sermon would you join me in praying the words our Lord taught us to pray? Our Father which art in heaven, Hallowed be thy name.Thy kingdom come. Thy will be donein earth, as it is in heaven.Give us this day our daily bread.And forgive us our debts, as we forgive our debtors.And lead us not into temptation, but deliver us from evil: Amen Introduction Please stand for the reading of God’s Word. Luke 22:14-20 ESV And when the hour came, he reclined at table, and the apostles with him. (15) And he said to them, “I have earnestly desired to eat this Passover with you before I suffer. (16) For I tell you I will not eat it until it is fulfilled in the kingdom of God.” (17) And he took a cup, and when he had given thanks he said, “Take this, and divide it among yourselves. (18) For I tell you that from now on I will not drink of the fruit of the vine until the kingdom of God comes.” (19) And he took bread, and when he had given thanks, he broke it and gave it to them, saying, “This is my body, which is given for you. Do this in remembrance of me.” (20) And likewise the cup after they had eaten, saying, “This cup that is poured out for you is the new covenant in my blood. You may be seated We now come to the feast of Passover.A feast that the Jewish people had celebrated for centuries.A celebration of God’s miraculous provision for His people as He freed them from slavery in Egypt.Now before we get into the meat of todays sermon I need to briefly tell the Passover story, so that you understand the prophetic nature of the feast, and the magnitude of this supper that Jesus is having with His disciples.If you remember, all the way back in the book of Exodus, God’s people, the Hebrews, where enslaved by the Egyptians.After a few hundred years of slavery, God raised up a young prince named Moses to help free His people.God spoke to Moses through a burning bush that never burnt up, and it was here that God gave Himself the Name “YHVH” or in English “I Am that I Am”Moses spoke to Pharaoh, the King of Egypt, and demanded “Let God’s People Go!”Pharaoh refused and God sent a plague on Egypt.Pharaoh refused again… and God sent another plague.After a few more cycles of Pharaoh refusing and God sending a plague, God prepared one final plague that would finally convince Pharaoh to let His people go.This final plague was the death of the firstborn son.In every house in Egypt one night, God would send His angel of death to kill the first born son of the house, unless the house was marked with the blood of a pure and spotless lamb.So the Hebrew people took pure and spotless lambs and sacrificed them and marked their house with it’s blood. And the angle of death would Passover that house not killing the firstborn.It was through this act of all of Egypt’s firstborns dying that Pharaoh released the Hebrews from Egypt. Exodus 12:12-14 ESV For I will pass through the land of Egypt that night, and I will strike all the firstborn in the land of Egypt, both man and beast; and on all the gods of Egypt I will execute judgments: I am the LORD. (13) The blood shall be a sign for you, on the houses where you are. And when I see the blood, I will pass over you, and no plague will befall you to destroy you, when I strike the land of Egypt. (14) “This day shall be for you a memorial day, and you shall keep it as a feast to the LORD; throughout your generations, as a statute forever, you shall keep it as a feast. Someone say “forever”… This day shall be for you a memorial day, and you shall keep it as a feast to the LORD; throughout your generations, as a statute forever, you shall keep this feast!”This command was still honored even in the time of Jesus, and it was honored by all Christians until an Anti-Semite named Constantine… to learn more about that go listen to the Return to Ancient Paths series fr...