The Week that Jesus Changed the World

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by Wendy Fitzgerald

Our week began by welcoming the Passover lamb into Jerusalem.  Today we look at the Feast of Passover.  Each day, we have looked at how God wove the details of the Old and New Testaments together.  Today is no different.  The Feast of Passover dates back to the Exodus of the Israelites out of Egypt.  The Israelites had been slaves in Egypt for 430 years when God told Moses to go to Pharaoh and ask for their freedom.  Pharaoh was not willing to let them go, so God sent 10 plagues on Egypt.  The final plague was the plague of death of the firstborn. On this night, God would send the angel of death to kill the firstborn man and animal in every household.  However, God gave the Israelites a way to escape this death.  They were to kill a lamb without blemish and spread the blood of the lamb on the top and sides of their doorposts.  By placing the blood of the lamb on the door in this way, they formed the eighth letter in the Hebrew alphabet, “Chet.”  This letter actually means life. So when the angel of death saw the blood on the door, he would pass over the house for it was covered with the life of the blood.

Approximately 1,450 years later, Jesus celebrated this holiday with His disciples in the upper room. He took what they knew of tradition and laced it with what He knew was about to happen. It is important to know that the Passover meal, which in Hebrew is called a “Seder,” had four cups that were taken throughout the night.  They are: the Cup of Sanctification, the Cup of Thanks, the Cup of Redemption and the Cup of Acceptance. After dinner, the third cup, the Cup of Redemption, was taken. 

Read Luke 22:20

What did Jesus say this cup was?

The Cup of Redemption was the new covenant or new promise that was made through His blood.  In that moment, Jesus changed history.  Sin, which in the Old Testament could only be redeemed or paid for by sacrificing the life of an animal, would now be redeemed through this new promise.  No more would a lamb be needed to pay for sin. From this point forward, Jesus, the Lamb of God who takes away the sins of the world, would be the payment for sin.

After the supper was over, while still in the upper room, Jesus prayed. In this prayer, He prayed for Himself, then he prayed for the apostles, and then He prayed for us (John 17:20-23)! How amazing it is to know that Jesus took the time to pray for us.  He prayed specifically that we would be unified in our mission, which He said was to let the world know that God sent Jesus because He loved the world (John 17:23)!

How bold are you about your faith? Are you confident in your identity in Christ or are there situations where you are afraid to let others know that you love God? Knowing that Jesus’ prayer was for us to make God’s love known to the world, what areas could you more intentionally show God’s love to those around you?  His act of love was given for the entire world to see.

Five Minutes of Prayer:

Day One: One minute praising God for sending His Son to be our Messiah.
Day Two: Add one minute asking God to show you who to pray for and invite to church
Day Three: Add one minute asking God to show you how to forgive and love
Day Four: Add one minute asking God to reveal small sin footholds, and then confess and repent of that sin
Day Five: Add one minute asking God to help you be bold in your faith

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