Summary: This Sermon shows the parallels between the Lord Supper and the Passover, and the need for trust in our relationship with God.
December 19, 2002
I. I don’t like to start a sermon with something that is my opinion, but the fact that I said that is a sure sign I’m about to.
A. I have given you other people’s opinion of when Jesus was born, and now I want to give you my opinion.
B. As I said couple of weeks ago, one thing is pretty sure Jesus was not born in December, the bible says that the shepherds that came to Jesus’ birth were in the fields with their sheep. (Luke 2:8 NIV) And there were shepherds living out in the fields nearby, keeping watch over their flocks at night. Shepherds in Jerusalem didn’t live out in the fields at night in the Winter time.
C. It was too cold and they usually brought their flocks into some kind of a stable at night. So Jesus was not born in the winter.
D. Like I said this is my opinion, but there is some evidence that it is true. The fact that the Shepherds were in the fields with their sheep at night indicates that it was warmer weather.
E. I think that Jesus was born in the Spring near the time of the Passover, because there are so many connections between Jesus and the Passover, and it would be just like God to do something that way.
II. The Passover was about deliverance. God’s people were enslaved in Egypt, and God was going to deliver them, but their deliverance required something from them. It meant that they had to trust God, and follow his instructions.
A. On the 10th of the month each family was to choose a lamb to be slaughtered at twilight on the 14th. The blood was to be smeared on the doorposts and lintel of the house, which God would see and thus spare the people in that house from the destruction that would come on firstborn of the Egyptians.
B. God was going to spare the Israelites the death that would come to the Egyptians and through this he was going to deliver his people from bondage.
C. The word Passover, is the Hebrew word ( pesa) which comes from a verb meaning to pass over, in the sense of to spare.
D. Jeremiah Unterman says it this way, The ultimate significance of the Passover, though, is not in its sociology or history, but in its unique role in the life of the Jewish people. It was and is the festival of freedom and redemption par excellence. Representative of Gods love and saving acts, it always gave the people hope in the face of physical and spiritual oppression.
E. The Passover was about deliverance and redemption. It was the way that God delivered his people from bondage, but it was also something that they had to participate in to the extent that they had to follow God’s instructions and trust that what he told them was true.
F. If you are a parent you can understand how much faith it took to sit still if you were told that the angel of death was coming to the place where you were, and that the first born child of every family was going to be killed. But, if you smeared the blood of a lamb on the door post and door header of your house and followed specific instructions, including keeping your whole family inside the house where that blood was, your child would be spared.