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My Passover Lesson
The Feast of Passover has just concluded for 2014. Christians would be wise to watch the film, The Passion of the Christ, each year on Good Friday, Crucifixion Day, because it would help them not forget Calvary’s benefits.
“Bless the LORD, O my soul, and forget not all his benefits, Who forgiveth all
thine iniquities, who healeth all thy diseases, Who redeemeth thy life from
destruction, who crowneth thee with loving-kindness and tender mercies, Who
satisfieth thy mouth with good things, so that thy youth is renewed like the eagles.”
The first time I saw the film, it left me with an imbedded impression of what passion means. The nature of passion is to be devoted. If devotion is “the condition of being closely tied to another by affection or faith” then Jesus’ passion took the cross upon Himself (tied Himself to it) in the garden of Gethsemane. It was His devotion that enabled Him to carry the cross to Calvary.
Calvary is a two-fold validation. To validate means “to confirm as true by removing all doubt.” First, there is the validation of Christ’s passionate love for the Father’s will and second, there is God’s devoted love for the world He created.
When we began moving into the ministry’s new office, we discovered a duck’s nest next to the garage door. Mama duck was sitting on three eggs. She stayed there through all the construction activity, the noise, the heat, the cold and the rain. She never left the eggs except to eat. Last look, we discovered there were nine eggs! Day after day I watched “devotion” play out its role. The long term sacrificing of herself got to me and I thought, “Why doesn’t she just leave the nest?” The answer is the same to the question, “Why did God sacrifice His only begotten Son?” Mama duck’s love and God’s love is devoted love because devotion sacrifices one’s life for another. God was in Christ reconciling the world unto Himself. 2 Corinthians 5:19
The first Feast of Passover took place in Exodus15:23, “…when he seeth the blood upon the lintel, and on the two side posts, the LORD will pass over the door…”. But, what does “pass over” mean? It means “…and will not permit the destroyer to come into your houses to smite you.” The blood of The Passover is our guardian watching over us to protect us just like Mama duck is doing. The reason she does not leave her nest is she cannot forsake her ducklings who are a part of her. The reason the Father, Creator of all creation, could not forsake us in our sin is we are a part of Him.
Jesus said, “And if I be lifted up from the earth, will draw all men unto me.” Very soon
the bride of Christ will be lifted up from the earth in the rapture because she was drawn to Him when He was lifted up at Calvary during the Feast of Passover.