From the Editor
Nearly two thousand years ago this month, a lamb was slain. His blood was shed for the sins of all humanity. When John the Baptist saw Him, he said, "Behold the lamb which taketh away the sins of the world." On the tenth day of the first month, as commanded in the law, this particular Passover Lamb was separated, being paraded into Jerusalem on a donkey.
On the fourteenth day, He was slain, and His blood was shed, that we now may apply it to the doorposts and mantle of our hearts. In so doing, we now are spared the death that has passed on mankind because of sin. Paul said it plainly, "Christ our passover is sacrificed for us."
On the first Passover, the children of Israel were commanded to eat the lamb. They were commanded to keep an annual feast, ridding their houses of leaven and eating unleavened bread. When Jesus kept His last Passover, He broke the bread, saying, "This is my body which is given for you." Then He took the wine, and said, "This cup is the new testament in my blood, which is shed for you." We therefore keep the Passover – in the New Testament fashion.
He has forever changed the meaning of Passover. No longer is it merely a day to remember when God delivered His people out of bondage in Egypt, which things are an allegory, but now we mark the day when God delivered His people out of the bondage of sin.
The children of Israel continued to be stiffnecked and sinful after the great Exodus of the Bible because, although free from the tyranny of pharaoh, they were still bound by sin. But, he whom the Son sets free is free indeed.
Three days and three nights after His death, Jesus arose triumphantly, having defeated Satan. He emerged from the grave holding the keys of hell and of death. Now we, too, can have hope that "if the Spirit of Him that raised up Jesus from the dead dwell in us, He that raised up Christ from the dead shall also quicken our mortal bodies by His Spirit that dwelleth in us;" and those of us who are alive and remain shall be changed in a moment, in the twinkling of an eye. Praise the Lord!
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We are swiftly approaching the Feast of Pentecost, which we will observe June 8-11. As always, all are welcome to celebrate with us during this joyous time. Please contact us if you desire to attend, and will be coming from out of town, so that we can make arrangements for you.
Next month marks the 1st anniversary of our presence on the Internet. We are ever thankful to God for that medium.
God be glorified in all things! Amen.
David M. McNabb
Editor & Bible Guy