Remember the Sacrifice

Bruce Fiol

READ : Deuteronomy 16:1-4
1 Corinthians 11:23-26

Keep the Passover . . . Remember the day when you came out of . . . Egypt. (Deut. 16:1, 3)

The call to remember would be incomplete without that word which came from the lips of our Savior. Moses had reminded the people to keep the Passover because it marked their redemption. God required the blood of the spotless lamb to be shed and applied by faith. But the bloody ceremony spoke of something more.

Fifteen centuries later, God the Father sent the perfect Lamb, Jesus, to take away the sin of the world! He died. His blood was shed to cleanse the hearts of those who would apply it by faith in the assurance that they would experience forgiveness and receive the gift of salvation.

Hours before he died, Jesus celebrated the Passover with his disciples. At that meal he instituted a new covenant. Taking the bread of the Passover, he gave thanks, broke it, and passed it to his disciples, urging, “Do this in remembrance of me.” Then he took the cup, offered thanks, handed it to his followers and said again, “Do this . . . in remembrance of me” (1 Cor. 11:24-25). Remember what Jesus has done for you; the sacrifice he made on your behalf; the day of your redemption—when you “came out of Egypt.” It is so easy to carelessly forget what it cost God the Father and Jesus Christ the Lamb to make us his children.

PRAYER

Gracious Lord, may we never forget what our salvation cost you. Amen.