Freedom Ministries Fellowship Notes
Easter – The Miracle of the Cross
Praise and Worship: 10 minutes:
Testimonies: 5 minutes
Review: Easter – The Miracle of the Cross
Leviticus 23:2 tells us that God gave the nation of Israel seven feasts, or holy convocations to observe. Colossians 2:17 explains that these were just shadows of things to come. The reality of theses feasts, or substance, was Jesus Christ Himself. During Easter, we celebrate the fact that Jesus fulfilled the feasts of passover, unleavened bread, and firstfruits.
The first Passover meal was observed when God was delivering the nation of Israel out of Egypt. Each family was to take the blood of a spotless male lamb and apply the blood of the lamb over their doorposts. They were to eat the roasted lamb with unleavened bread. When the angel of death saw the blood, he would pass over that family. This was obviously a picture of Jesus’ ultimate sacrifice. Not only did the blood spare them from the death angel, Psalm 105:37 says, “He brought them forth also with silver and gold: and there was not one feeble person among their tribes.” The blood of the lamb provided them with supernatural provision, divine health and divine protection. If the blood of bulls and goats was that powerful, we should expect that Jesus’ blood would do the very same thing.
Jesus entered Jerusalem on the tenth day of the first month. He was inspected by the chief priests, Pharisees and Sadducees as well as Pontius Pilate. He was found to be without “spot or blemish.” On the fourteenth day, the whole assembly of Israel was to kill the Passover lamb. At the very same time, Jesus, the true Passover lamb was crucified. Jesus cried out, “It is finished!” All of our sins and all of the judgment for our sins were placed on Jesus. He was the lamb that took away the sins of the world. Jesus was also the bread without leaven or sin. The day Jesus was resurrected was actually the day of the Feast of Firstfruits. Jesus was the first to be resurrected from the dead. Since He was accepted by the Lord, all of us are now accepted in His family.
What does all of this really mean? Hebrews 10 explains that sin came into the world through one man, Adam. During Passover weak, Jesus, the last Adam, came to redeem us from what we lost when Adam sinned. Jesus’ was our substitute lamb. His sacrifice has perfected us forever! Just like the blood of bulls and goats brought the nation of Israel out of Egypt, the blood of Jesus is our assurance we have peace with God. We see destruction, lack and sickness in the world, but the blood of Jesus assures us that we will be passed over. The covenant children of Israel did not experience what Egypt experienced because of the blood of the Passover lamb. We don’t have to experience what the unredeemed world experiences. We are His covenant children. We can call God, Abba Father. The blood of Jesus removed every one of our sins, and we now have His divine provision, divine protection and divine health. This is the amazingly good news of Jesus. Praise God!
Prayer: 10 Minutes:
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Psalm 23:6 “Surely goodness and mercy shall follow me all the days of my life: and I will dwell in the house of the Lord forever.” Amen