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4-14-22 “The Christian Passover”

“The Christian Passover” (Exodus 12:1-14)

David Peterson / General

Exodus 12:1–14

Sermon Type: Textual-Topical

Proposition: The Old Testament passover reflects the pattern of God’s saving action, a pattern fulfilled in the work of Jesus Christ, which continues in the community that is his body, the church.

Introduction

1. The events of holy week took place during the annual observance of passover.

2. This was intentional. Passover is fulfilled in the work of Christ. We can gain an insight into the work by reflecting on the first passover.

3. What we’re doing tonight is in tune with how God works.

I. Salvation of individuals takes place corporately

1. This was the case in the OT

Exodus ((1) Guidance for Preparing and Eating the Passover (12:1–11))

In accordance with the feast nature of the Passover, Moses was told that the whole nation (“tell the whole community of Israel”) must be instructed to eat the meal as households, not as individuals.

2. This is the case in the NT

In the NT to have Christ you had to be with Jesus (when he walked this earth) and that meant being in the group that followed him

Now, to have him, fully, you must be in the group for that is where his body is found.

II. The Gift We’re to Experience and Express in the Group is Love (the New Commandment)

1. The Law of our being is love. Psychiatrists/psychologists know this.

2. This is the group that communicates the deepest need of our being — rooted and grounded in love.

III. The basis of our loving is what Jesus accomplished.

1. we are convinced that one died for all, and therefore all died. (2 Cor. 5:14 NIV)

2. So from now on we regard no one from a worldly point of view. (2 Cor. 5:16 NIV)

Conclusion

1. Communion is communal

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