When the hour came, Jesus and his apostles reclined at the table. And he said to them, “I have eagerly desired to eat this Passover with you before I suffer. For I tell you, I will not eat it again until it finds fulfillment in the kingdom of God.”

After taking the cup, he gave thanks and said, “Take this and divide it among you. For I tell you I will not drink again from the fruit of the vine until the kingdom of God comes.”

And he took bread, gave thanks and broke it, and gave it to them, saying, “This is my body given for you; do this in remembrance of me.”

In the same way, after the supper he took the cup, saying, “This cup is the new covenant in my blood, which is poured out for you. But the hand of him who is going to betray me is with mine on the table. The Son of Man will go as it has been decreed. But woe to that man who betrays him!” They began to question among themselves which of them it might be who would do this. Luke 22.14-23 (NIV)

THE PASSOVER IS A TIME TO REMEMBER

Like all the other Jews, Jesus and his disciples celebrated Passover as a family. They gathered together to obey God’s command: to eat and to remember. Or to remember by eating a meal together.

God told Israel to celebrate Passover with a meal every year so that they will never forget what God has done in their lives.

REMEMBER THAT FREEDOM IS COMING

The people cried for help from slavery in Egypt. God heard and God acted. He sent Moses to let the people know that God will set them free.

That morning before the Passover meal, God told Moses to get the people ready. He was about to set them free very soon.

This is why God told them to eat unleavened bread. (1) Because God’s deliverance would come immediately, they could not afford to wait for the leaven to rise. (2) Because God want them to let go of what is old and embrace something new. Leaven is a baking mix that came from an older batch. God is about to give them a new life in freedom; don’t bring the past into this new phase in your life.

God’s deliverance is coming soon so be ready for something new. Don’t hesitate and don’t look back to the past.

REMEMBER THAT GOD’S PEOPLE ARE SPECIAL

God also told them to slaughter a lamb/goat. Not only that they must prepare and eat the meat but they also had to splatter the blood on their doorposts. This blood would be a sign that the family living in this house belong to God.

So when God came into the land of Egypt that night to wage war against the people and the false gods and goddesses of this land, the people with blood on their doorposts would be passed over. They were especially set apart for God, they were holy, and therefore they would live.

JESUS ESTABLISHED THE NEW COVENANT

That night before Jesus was taken away, they gathered together to celebrate Passover but something was missing. The family was there together. The meal was ready – including some wine. Most importantly, the unleavened bread was there. But there was no mention of a lamb.

The practical reason was because they celebrated Passover early. The priests would not be distributing the sacrificial meat until the next morning.

But what the gospel writers and Paul wanted Christians to understand is that Jesus was the Passover Lamb. By the breaking of his body, we have freedom from the slavery of sin. By the outpouring of his blood, God sets apart as his special possession.

BE READY AND BE HOLY

We will talk about holiness in more detail next week. But for now, please note that being a holy people means being transformed to be used by our most holy God.

Let’s talk about being ready. God wants his people to be ready everytime he wants to do something new. Noah and the ark. Moses and the Passover meal but also before the Sinai covenant. Joshua before the Promised Land. Elisha before God took Elijah away. The disciples before they received the Holy Spirit.

God often does not say exactly when he will take supernatural action. But he requires us to always be ready. Something new is about to come, something wonderful, divine, and beautiful beyond our imagination: we need to be ready.

That is why Jesus said, “Do this in remembrance of me.” We need to remember not only of his sacrifice but also what we wants us to do. Be ready for something new.

HOW TO BE READY FOR GOD’S NEW PHASE IN YOUR LIFE

1. USE THE TIME TO PREPARE YOURSELF

Paul said in Hebrew 12:11 No discipline seems pleasant at the time, but painful. Later on, however, it produces a harvest of righteousness and peace for those who have been trained by it.

We all can agree that discipline isn’t fun. Even as adults, we can still learn about being discipline. Self-discipline doesn’t happen overnight. We develop self-discipline by consistently doing the right thing, over and over again for a long time.

2. KEEP AN OPEN MIND

What do to do then while waiting on God? Keep an open mind. This is actually the active part of waiting on God. When God starts to speak to you about the new phase, He will start giving you instructions. He will tell you to do what you haven’t done before.

God’s instructions will be big and different. If we don’t open our mind to those instructions, we will not be ready for the new phase God planning to give to us.

3. BEING CHALLENGED TO SOMETHING NEW

 

When you obey God, as hard as it can be, as confusing as it can be, as weird as it can be, your life perspective will be changed for the better.