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The Mighty Intervention of God

June 13, 2018

“Behold, the Lamb of God, who takes away the sin of the world!” John 1:29

When Jesus gathered with his disciples for the last time before he went to the cross, he said to them: “I have earnestly desired to eat this Passover with you before I suffer” (Luke 22:15). “And he took bread, and when he had given thanks, he broke it and gave it to them, saying, ‘This is my body, which is given for you…’ And likewise the cup after they had eaten, saying, ‘This cup that is poured out for you is the new covenant in my blood’” (22:19-20).

Do you see what Jesus was saying? “The mighty intervention of God in the exodus that we are celebrating today is only a shadow of what God is about to do: My body will be given. My blood will be shed. I will become the sacrifice by which you will be redeemed from divine wrath and set free from sin’s power.”

When we celebrate the Lord’s Supper, we don’t roast a lamb because the sacrifice has already been made. We take the cup and remember that the blood of Christ was shed, and that by faith his blood is applied to our lives. You are delivered from the wrath of God and brought into the freedom of a new life with God, in which he says to you, “You are mine, and I am yours.”

This is what God says to us in the cross: “You are no longer a slave! You have been set free by the blood of Christ. Sin will always be your enemy, but it is no longer your master.” Christ redeemed us! That is something worth celebrating!

Has the “Lord’s Supper” become mundane for you, or are you celebrating it with this kind of joy in your heart?

The Author
Colin Smith

Colin Smith is the senior pastor of The Orchard Evangelical Free Church in the northwest suburbs of Chicago. He has authored a number of books, including Heaven, How I Got Here and Heaven, So Near - So Far. Colin is the president and teacher for Unlocking the Bible. Follow him on Twitter.

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