Summary: A sermon for a Lord’s Supper service.
What Does It Mean To Us?
“I can hear you, the rest of the world can hear you and the people who knocked these buildings down will hear all of us soon.” (President George W. Bush September 14, 2001 Ground Zero) For the last six years we have paused, on a personal level and on a national level to remember the events of September 11, 2001. A time to reflect on the attacks, attackers, victims, and most importantly the sacrifices made. What does it mean to us?
“Yesterday, December seventh, 1941, a date which will live in infamy, the United States of America was suddenly and deliberately attacked by naval and air forces of the Empire of Japan.” (President Franklin D. Roosevelt December 8, 1941 Congress) We pause every year on December 7th, Pearl Harbor Day, to remember the attacks, attackers, victims, and most importantly the sacrifices made. What does it mean to us?
September 11th is fresh in our minds, close to our hearts, alive in our reality. This event is fresh enough for us it will evoke strong emotions. December 7th 1941 is fading for some, lost in history, not forgotten, but not fresh and alive in our thoughts. These dates serve as a memorial for us, to never forget the sacrifice for our freedom. As we come to the communion table this morning we are to remember this sacrifice for our freedom. We need not allow Jesus’ death, its purpose, its methods, its achievements to fade from our minds. What does it mean to us?
I am preaching this morning from Exodus 12:1-14, the Passover instructions from God, through Moses, to the Israelites, what does it mean to us. Three main points I want to bring to your attention, the three ways the lamb is spoken of in the text. The three ways the Lamb relates to our lives.
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As we pick up in v.3 the first thing we see is a birth of a nation. God said this is the beginning of months. The Nation of Israel is formed in these passages, the people as a whole is being saved from the tyrannical rule of Pharaoh and separated from the pagan Egyptians. We can see here the start of our salvation, how we are set apart from the rest of the world as a special people for the Lord. The Passover is an Old Testament foreshadowing of the salvation through Jesus Christ. This salvation is for everyone through a lamb, the Lamb is a specific Lamb, and the Lamb is a personal Lamb.
A LAMB – v.3 Addressed to the nation of Israelites as a whole. Everyone needs a lamb, a sacrifice, every man a lamb. The sacrifice is mandated, protection is required from the penalty of disobedience. Hebrews (9:22) tells us without the shedding of blood there is no remission of sin.
v.6-11 A Lamb is to be slaughtered and the blood is to be smeared on the door post. Any house that does not have the blood on the door will be subject to judgment. The meat is to be consumed completely, leaving nothing behind. And they are to eat this meal dressed ready to go on a moment’s notice.
Jesus is a Lamb. Slaughtered to cover our sin. Nothing of Jesus is to be wasted; we are to waste no time consuming all we can of Jesus Christ for the time of departure is growing near.