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Friday, January 31, 2003

Edifier du Jour-Exodus 12:21-27(NASB)
21 Then Moses called for all the elders of Israel and said to them, "Go and take for yourselves lambs according to your families, and slay the Passover lamb. 22 "You shall take a bunch of hyssop and dip it in the blood which is in the basin, and apply some of the blood that is in the basin to the lintel and the two doorposts; and none of you shall go outside the door of his house until morning. 23 "For the LORD will pass through to smite the Egyptians; and when He sees the blood on the lintel and on the two doorposts, the LORD will pass over the door and will not allow the destroyer to come in to your houses to smite you. 24 "And you shall observe this event as an ordinance for you and your children forever. 25 "When you enter the land which the LORD will give you, as He has promised, you shall observe this rite. 26 "And when your children say to you, 'What does this rite mean to you?' 27 you shall say, 'It is a Passover sacrifice to the LORD who passed over the houses of the sons of Israel in Egypt when He smote the Egyptians, but spared our homes.'" And the people bowed low and worshiped.
What does this rite mean to you? That's a question that is fair to ask of all believers. For Christians, you might best ask this at communion, for that is where the Lamb was slain at Passover once and for all. While there are some churches, like the Catholics and the Church/Disciples of Christ, who have communion every service, most some of the rest of us have it monthly whether we need it or not. [Thanks, Mr. Sulik, for the correction] We might be reminded that it is the blood and body of Christ that we are commemorating, but what does that blood mean? If it has no real meaning today, then it has no wonder-working power, as the President alluded to this week. Is it just a tiny serving of grape juice (fermented in some quarters) or does it wash away your sins? Only if you claim it, for this blood's for you. What does the body of Christ mean? Is it just a tasteless cracker or God become flesh become the sacrifice to end all sacrifices? If what Jesus did two millennia ago isn't real to you, that rite is just juice and crackers rather than a commemoration of what He did for us on the cross.

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