TYPES AND SHADOWS II

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“Since the law has only a shadow of the good things to come, and not the actual form of those realities, it can never perfect the worshipers by the same sacrifices they continually offer year after year.”
Hebrews 10:1 HCSB

Yesterday, we concluded that the stories or events in the Old Testament are not to be taken at face value. In the same vein, the practice of Passover, which is popularly called “communion” or “the Lord’s supper” is one of such events.

It is an old testament ordinance that required the Jews to remember and celebrate their exodus from Egypt. (Exodus 12:12-14) It started on the night when judgement was to be meted out on every house in Egypt except those ones with blood on their lintel.

You would agree this is an epic story but are you aware that there is more to it than that? Do you know that Jesus’ crucifixion was during the Passover season (John 18:28)?

Why this coincidence? You may ask. The reality is that the practice of the Passover i.e breaking of unleavened bread together and drinking wine is a type and shadow of the death of Jesus on the cross. He alluded to this when He Himself ate the Passover with His disciples.

“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. Do this in remembrance of me.” And likewise the cup after they had eaten, saying, “This cup that is poured out for you is the new covenant in my blood.” – Luke 22:19-20

By His death, Jesus’ body was broken for us on the cross. By His blood, we are redeemed from sin and death. By believing in the Gospel, we have partaken of the Passover. Therefore, anything we do in these realities is considered communion. This means the Holy Communion, as it were, is more than eating. It is more of identification and association than eating.

Dear believer, by believing in the Gospel, we have fellowship with God and each other. When we pray, fast, give and fellowship with each other, that is our communion. This is our worship!

Bible Reading Plan:
Mark 1:1-8, I Corinthians 1:1-17, Psalms 72, Joshua 1-2

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