Last evening our church celebrated The Lord’s Supper, Communion. (1 Corinthians 11:17-34) Jesus told his disciples to do this in remembrance of me. (11:24-25)
The Bible is a book of remembrances. God does not want us to forget what He has done. He gave Israel holidays to help them remember. Integral in all these remembrances is the blood.
Passover reminds us when the death angel passed over the homes that had blood on the lintel and doorposts. (Exodus 12:1-13)
Rosh Hashanah or the Feast or Trumpets, is the Jewish New Year. It is the first of the Jewish High Holy Days specified by Leviticus 23:23–32. The people were to seek the Lord and repent of their sins in preparation for Yom Kippur.
Yom Kippur is the Day of Atonement. (Leviticus 23:26-32, 16:1-34) The High Priest goes into the Holy of Holies, sprinkles the blood on the altar, to make atonement for the holy place.
The Feast of Tabernacles/Sukkot/Feast of Booths/Feast of Ingathering reminds us of the wanderings of the children of Israel during their forty years in the desert and God’s supply once they got there. Blood sacrifices were a daily occurrence. (Leviticus 23: 34-42)
Each of these remembrances required a blood sacrifice. Today, however, there is no tabernacle or temple. How can the sins of the people be atoned? The simple answer is they can’t.
The only blood sacrifice available is the Jewish Messiah, Jesus. Being God, He was the perfect sacrifice. He was sinless, unspotted by sin, and willingly gave His life to atone for mankind, once for all.
Jesus paid the sin debt that the Law, sacrifices of goats and bulls, and we as individuals could not pay. His death, burial, and resurrection, atoned for man’s sin.
God wants us to remember and then act upon what we know. It is God’s desire that all men and women trust Christ as their personal Lord and Savior.
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Tom Stearns, WASI Chaplain, 907 715-4001