A special celebration!
Have you had some special celebration recently? - some event you were happy to do something special to remember. Here is the story of a special celebration that Jesus had with His disciples, and it is one He would want you to be able and eager to keep!
Jesus' life was in great danger. His enemies had even one of Jesus' twelve disciples, Judas Iscariot, as their spy "watching for an opportunity to hand Jesus over to them when no crowd was present." 1*.
Many years earlier the whole nation of Israel had been slaves in Egypt. God had told Pharaoh to set them free, but time and again he had refused, in spite of the awful plagues God had sent upon Egypt. Finally God had sent the angel of death to every home. On that one day a death had come into every home in Egypt - yet in the homes of the Israeli slaves not one person had died!
You see, in obedience to God's instructions, the Israeli slaves had killed a lamb earlier that day in each of their homes. The angel of death had to PASS OVER any home where the blood of the lamb had been sprinkled outside the door.
The death of the lamb had saved everyone in those homes from death and from continued slavery! 2*.
The Jews were to celebrate this special day by having a Passover meal every year.
It was now time for the Passover feast. Judas may have thought that during the meal would be a good time to arrange to have Jesus arrested because no crowds would be around Him then. But Jesus didn't let Judas find out where the meal was going to be! He sent Peter and John to make the preparations. He told them, "As you enter the city, a man carrying a jar of water will meet you. Follow him to the house that he enters… make preparations there." 3*.
When the meal time came Jesus led His disciples to the prepared room and said, "I have eagerly desired to eat this Passover with you before I suffer." 4*.Jesus knew that later that very same day He was going to be killed. Jesus, "the Lamb of God", was about to be put to death in order to be able to take away the sin of the world! 5*.
From then on all Jesus' true followers have had a more wonderful "Passover" to celebrate! The death of the Lamb of God once and for all 6*.on the cross assures us that God's judgment of death for sin will PASS OVER every sinner who trusts in Jesus. 7*. Saved by the death of the Lamb! 5*.
True and simple faith in Jesus will save you from the certain destruction that your sins deserve from God, 8*. and it will rescue you from the awful slavery to sin and Satan that all mankind is in. 9*.
All this is what the true believer is thinking of as often as he or she has that special celebration - taking both the bread and the wine of the Last Supper in memory of Jesus' death. 10*.
Read about a special celebration in Luke chapter 22, verses 3-16.
To read more of Luke's account of the life of Jesus turn to the Gospel of Luke in the Holy Bible.
Bye for now,
John Nixon, Ballincollig, Co.Cork, Ireland.
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Bible quotations from N.I.V.
1 Luke 22:3-6.
2 Exodus 12:1-14.
3 Luke 22:8-12.
4 Luke 22:15.
5 John 1:29. 1st Peter 2:24.
6 Hebrews 7:27. 9:26. 10:10.
7 Romans 6:23. John 5:24.
8 John 3:16-18, 36. Romans 3:21-26.
9 Titus 2:11-14.
10 1st Corinthians 11:23-26.