Tuesday, 20 December 2016

Celebrating The Passover

"Your boasting about this is terrible. Don’t you realize that this sin is like a little yeast that spreads through the whole batch of dough? Get rid of the old “yeast” by removing this wicked person from among you. Then you will be like a fresh batch of dough made without yeast, which is what you really are. Christ, our Passover Lamb, has been sacrificed for us. So let us celebrate the festival, not with the old bread of wickedness and evil, but with the new bread of sincerity and truth." (1Cor 5:6-8).
The Festival of Passover is an everlasting law and commandment of God. Every ceremony and ritual of the Jewish religion are divine and eternal principles. The Festival of the passover didn't end with the Jews, but all God's people must celebrate the passover. But the one celebrated by the Jews is just a type, a shadow of the things to come. We are to celebrate the reality and Paul talked about the reality of passover festival in the verses above.
The reality of the Passover is found in Christ and as a Church we are called to celebrate the Passover. In celebrating the Passover a sacrifice without blemish is offered. Christ is holy, he is the perfect sacrifice which is to be offered (read about how to  offer the perfect sacrifice in the New Covenant here). Also in celebrating the Passover each family must consume the whole of the animal and it must be done in a haste. God commanded saying "Eat the meal with urgency, for this is the lord’s Passover." (Exo 12:11). Christ is the sacrifice and we are to consume the whole of Christ and do it with urgency. We are to consume the whole of Christ, to embrace him entirely. We a are not called to just have a taste of Christ but to consume the whole of him.
Yes Christ is our saviour but we are not to stop there, we must know him as Lord, as love, as righteousness, as wisdom, as peace, as grace, as power as life etc. We must know and embrace the whole of him. And we must consume him in a haste, we must be wild. We should be like Jeremiah who said, "When I discovered your words, I devoured them. They are my joy and my heart’s delight," (Jer 15:16). Let us desperately seek for the whole of Christ and when we find him let us devour him in a haste.
"For seven days the bread you eat must be made without yeast. On the first day of the festival, remove every trace of yeast from your homes. Anyone who eats bread made with yeast during the seven days of the festival will be cut off from the community of Israel." (Ex 12:15).
The Passover must be celebrated without yeast. Yeast means deception, it represents that which is of the flesh. Yeast is the perversion of the truth. We must not have yeast in the Church, for there is no place for yeast in the Church. Anybody that brings yeast is cut off from the congregation of the people of God. There must be no from of deception, no perverting the truth, no room for the expression of the pride of the flesh and the works of the flesh.

How we have failed in properly celebrating the Passover. We look so fancy with our huge structures built to look glorious. Ministers dressing to look holy and self-righteous attitude we all put on. Isn't it deceptive? We pretend to have the answers only to have sinners come and be disappointed. This is what we have called to do as a Church, to celebrate the Passover without yeast. To discover and eagerly consume Christ in entirety. To be completely true and sincere. To be holy and fight against any form of yeast. We are called to live in the reality of the Passover. Let us celebrate the Passover the way God has commanded us.
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