READ  Isaiah 50:4-10  &   Luke 22:1-65


Jesus celebrated the Passover with his disciples, but this time it was different. He spoke of his suffering and broke bread and shared the wine, each time referring to his broken body and asking his disciples to do as he had done "in remembrance of me", and we still celerate the Lord's Supper to this day. Remembering all that he went through so that we could know salvation from sin. After supper, Jesus went to the Garden of Gethsemene to pray. There Judas betrayed him, he was arrested, questioned and tortured while Peter denied him.

Let's think about Passover. The story found in Exodus 12 sits uncomfortably, it reeks of blood, death and destruction. We don't like to think that God, the God we love and serve would do something like that. Perhaps we feel so uncomfortable about the event because we think of the Egyptians as innocent and  caught in the crossfire of an argument betweed God and Pharoah. The truth is though, they weren't innocent. Just like you and I they were sinners. Whether we like it or not, death is the natural outcome of sin.

It's a truth we don't like, but it's still truth! God's anger against sin means he won't let it go unpunished. But thankfully the good news is that his mercy is just as real as his anger. So, as Jesus and his disciples celebrated Passover, as they remembered how God in his mercy made a way for the Israelites to survive the final plague, God was making a way for the rest of us to survive the punishment we deserve for our rebellion and sin against God.

The Israelites were "covered" by lambs blood, painted around the doors of their homes. What was true then, is true now. Unless we're covered by the blood of the "Lamb of God who takes away the sins of the world", we will face the same fate as the Egyptians. Jesus knew that. He knew that "without the shedding of blood there is no forgiveness of sin" (Hebrews 9:22). He knew what was going to happen and he knew why. That's the reason he didn't resist arrest. That's the reason he didn't protest his innocence. That's the reason he didn't answer the acusations. That's the reason he allowed himself to be beaten and tortured and mocked. 

That's the reason he came.

Give thanks to God for his gift of Jesus...