Friday, April 13, 2012

JESUS, OUR PASSOVER IS THE ONLY MAN QUALIFIED TO RECONCILE MAN TO GOD-That is why He said, "no man cometh unto the Father but by Me!"



There are two things in God's Word that represent the body of Jesus Christ: the Passover Lamb, and the Unleavened Bread. The Passover Lamb was selected on the tenth day of the first month, and it was to be observed until the fourteenth day, when it was to be killed and eaten (Ex. 12:1-10). It was to be without blemish, that is, without any imperfection (v. 5). A diseased or less than perfect lamb was not acceptable.

Just as the Passover Lamb had to be without blemish, the bread of the feast had to be unleavened. Leaven in the Scriptures always represents sin (Ex. 12:15-19; Matt. 13:33; 16:6-12; 1 Cor. 5:1-6; Gal. 5:9). When you think about it, the results of leaven in bread literally makes it appear to be something that it is not. Leaven simply adds to the bread dough, giving one the false impression that they are getting more sustenance; however, the more leaven, the more "empty space" in the loaf. The Apostle Paul wrote that of Jesus: "Purge out therefore the old leaven, that ye may be a new lump, as ye are unleavened. For even Christ our Passover is sacrificed for us" (1 Cor. 5:7).

Jesus, declaring Himself to be the "Bread of Life," proclaimed that "Except ye eat the flesh of the Son of man, and drink His blood, ye have no life in you" (Jn. 6:48-58). The Apostle Paul had this to say about believers partaking of the Lord's Supper:
"For I have received of the Lord that which also I delivered unto you, That the Lord Jesus the same night in which He was betrayed took bread: and when He had given thanks, He brake it, and said, Take, eat: this is My body, which is broken for you: this do in remembrance of Me. After the same manner also He took the cup, when He had supped, saying, This cup is the new testament in My blood: this do ye, as oft as ye drink it, in remembrance of Me. For as often as ye eat this bread, and drink this cup, ye do shew the Lord's death till He come" (1 Cor. 11:23-26).

There are several verses that describe Jesus as being perfect; that is, without sin: Isaiah 53:9 says "And He made His grave with the wicked, and with the rich in His death; because He had done no violence, neither was any deceit in His mouth." Luke 23:41 says, "And we indeed justly; for we receive the due reward of our deeds; but this Man hath don nothing amiss." John 8:46 reads, "Which of you convinceth Me of sin?" 2 Corinthians 5:21 says, "And He became sin for us Who knew no sin, that we might become the

Bread (Photo credit: ulterior epicure)

in Him." Hebrews 4:15 ends by stating that Jesus "was in all points tempted like as we are, yet without sin." 1 Peter 2:22 says, "Who did no sin, neither was guile found in His mouth." The Apostle John wrote, "And ye know that He was manifested to take away our sins; and in Him is no sin" (1 Jn. 3:5).

Jesus, our Passover, is the only Man qualified to reconcile man to God;
That is why He said, "no man cometh unto the Father but by Me!"

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