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"God's Passover Lamb (part 2)"

Summary of sermon by Erlo Stegen, 20 Apr 2014

 

John 19

14 And it was the preparation of the passover, and about the sixth hour: and he saith unto the Jews, Behold your King!

When the Israelites had to kill the passover lamb, some of the blood had to be placed on the doorposts. The firstborn in any house without the blood was killed, from the firstborn of Pharaoh to the firstborn of the captive in the jail (Exo 12:29).

When Jesus was slain the thick vail, to the Holy of Holies, was torn and opened. God Himself tore the vail to show that the way was now open for all to enter, God having provided the Eternal Lamb to take away the sin of the world (Matt 27:51).

When Jesus told the High Priest that He was the Son of God and would come again on the clouds, the high priest tore his robe and accused Jesus of blasphemy, little knowing that he was resisting God's work (Matt 26:65). It is recorded that after the vail was torn, the Jews sewed together the torn vail and hung a second behind it so that it would never tear again, as they thought. It only lasted until the destruction of Jerusalem in 70 AD. It shows the hardness of man's heart. In stead of bowing before God and entering into His will, they resisted Him and tried to remedy the situation in their own way.

The Bible says, 'hold on to what you have received lest someone take your crown' (Rev 3:11). Jesus said to the twelve that they would sit with Him on twelve thrones, yet Judas lost it for the love of money. Do not count God's promises lightly, but treasure it.

Don't think it helps to slaughter for the ancestors. It's appointed for man once to die and after that the Judgment (Heb 9:27). There is a gulf also between heaven and hell as Abraham told the rich man (Luke 16:26).

We've commemorated His death on Friday and today that He arose from the dead.

The Passover celebration comes from the Old Testament where the angel would pass over those who had the blood sprinkled on the doorposts.

Jesus, in rising from the dead, showed thereby that He was indeed the one He claimed to be, the Son of God. And so too when He is born in your life, and His blood applied in your life, He gives new life.

Never take it lightly what God has done to save you. Take out the old leaven, even as the Israelites had to make sure there's no leaven with them in the house. The leaven represents the old life.

We must examine ourselves lest we partake unworthily and bring a curse upon ourselves (1Cor 11:27-34).

(summary in Italian)

 

 

 

 

 

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