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Christ is our Passover


Technology moves faster than light. Our technological advances continue to provide medical breakthrough that surpasses the preceding generation’s line of intelligence and ability. We have come so far in medical expertise that most Americans live under the notion that doctors, not God, are the true physicians of the soul. Our obsession to receive all answers of life from “the experts” drives our sense of security. We blindly ride on the assumption that this life is so far from death we have no need to trouble ourselves with God. To drive home the unfortunate conclusion: for many Americans, technology moves faster than God.

Jesus, not technology, is the true Physician of the soul. 

Only Jesus can diagnose and cure the eternal disease common to every person. Jesus offers organic produce that you can’t find at Whole Foods.

Whoever feeds on my flesh and drinks my blood has eternal life, and I will raise him up on the last day. For my flesh is true food, and my blood is true drink. (John 6:54-55 ESV)

The Lamb of God and Bread of Life

Jesus instituted the Lord’s Supper on the night of the Passover (Luke 22:7; Matt. 26:17; Mark 14:12). On the night of the Passover God’s people were to take an unblemished lamb and sacrifice it. They were also to bake unleavened bread. The blood of the lamb was to be smeared on the doorposts of their homes as a sign that they believed the words God had spoken to Moses. They were to eat both the lamb and the bread.

The parallels are wonderfully obvious. Paul says that Christ is our Passover (1 Cor. 5:7), while the other inspired writers explain. Peter writes about Jesus as the unblemished and spotless lamb (1 Pet. 1:19). The writer of Hebrews passionately tells of Christ giving His own blood in order to obtain eternal redemption for God’s people (Heb. 9:12). And John records the bread of life discourse, stating that Jesus is the bread of life who provides Himself to eternally nourish His people (John 6:48). We will now take a closer look at John’s emphasis.

When Jesus says He’s the bread of life, He means that He will give Himself by death on the cross so that the world will have life. “. . . and the bread also which I will give for the life of the world is My flesh” (6:51). Bread is symbolic for His flesh, but the meaning of Him giving His flesh goes even deeper when He declares that we should feed on Him. So when Jesus says we are to “eat his flesh and drink his blood,” He tells us that we are to believe in Him, be satisfied with only Him, and go to Him for everything.

Just as we eat bread so that we are physically nourished, we feed on Christ so that we are eternally and spiritually nourished. The latter is, of course, more important. The lesson is clear: By believing in Christ we receive life through His death. Or we could say: By feeding on Christ we eternally feed and nourish our souls.

Applying Truth

Two important results follow when we feed on Christ—that is, when we go to Him for what our souls need. 

First, we receive eternal life (6:54). Assuming you know why eternal life is needed, let’s look at it from another angle. I will show you this angle by way of definition: Eternal life means that we have the joy of knowing God in this life (17:3). Simple logic grabs the reigns here. If we have the joy of knowing God in this life, then we should do everything we can on a daily basis to know and love this God.

Second, by feeding on Christ we abide in Him (6:56). Every day we should strive to wake up asking this question: How can I have my joy in life come from Christ? Knowing where we receive our joy and pleasure is a question of what or who we are abiding in. If we are receiving our pleasure and joy from Christ, what we do and think will reveal that. Again, logic is helpful here. If we are consumed and concerned primarily with worldly things, then we are not getting our nourishment from Christ. A good test to take is to think about where most of your spare time is spent.

Christ is the true Physician of the soul who provides Himself to eternally nourish our souls. He is our Passover Lamb and Unleavened Bread. It takes rigorous self-control and extreme self-reliance on the Holy Spirit to live a life that daily feeds on Jesus. Our media-driven world does everything it can to explain away the need and hunger for God.

God is no longer needed in a culture that, by a click of a button, finds all answers to life and death by experts who deny God and His supernatural power. Don’t be duped. Only Jesus offers true food and true drink. Don’t be distracted. Only Jesus offers true pleasure and true joy. Now, take and eat—and see that the Lord is good (Ps. 34:8).

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