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By Pastor Jaco Mostert 22 July 2021

1 Corinthians 11: 23 – 25

For I received from the Lord Himself that which I passed on to you [it was given to me personally], that the Lord Jesus on the night when He was treacherously delivered up and while His betrayal was in progress took bread,

24 And when He had given thanks, He broke [it] and said, Take, eat. This is My body, which is broken for you. Do this to call Me [affectionately] to remembrance. 25 Similarly when supper was ended, He took the cup also, saying, this cup is the new covenant [ratified and established] in My blood. Do this, as often as you drink [it], to call Me [affectionately] to remembrance.

 

Every time we have communion, it’s like celebrating Passover; it’s a festival moment.

When we participate n communion, it’s a remembrance of Jesus and what He did for us.

Jesus has put this in place, because we need to keep remembering what has been done for us.

 

1 Corinthians 11: 26 -  30

For every time you eat this bread and drink this cup, you are representing and signifying and proclaiming the fact of the Lord’s death until He comes [again].27 So then whoever eats the bread or drinks the cup of the Lord in a way that is unworthy [of Him] will be guilty of [profaning and sinning against] the body and blood of the Lord.28 Let a man [thoroughly] examine himself, and [only when he has done] so should he eat of the bread and drink of the cup. 29 For anyone who eats and drinks without discriminating and recognizing with due appreciation that [it is Christ’s] body, eats and drinks a sentence (a verdict of judgment) upon himself.30 That [careless and unworthy participation] is the reason many of you are weak and sickly, and quite enough of you have fallen into the sleep of death.

We have to examine ourselves and repent for the things we have done wrong, and not treat God’ grace cheap.

How can one live in sin, but be thankful for His body?

Apostle Paul says, don’t do that. Don’t make it unworthy. We have to be in a state of repenting.

 

1 Corinthians 11: 31

For if we searchingly examined ourselves [detecting our shortcomings and recognizing our own condition], we should not be judged and penalty decreed [by the divine judgment].

 

Apostle Paul is saying that we have to judge ourselves and look within ourselves with the Holy Spirit and our conscience.

Ask the Lord, is there anything between us? Confess then and repent, and make right with God.

 

The world is calling Passover Day ‘Easter Day’, but that’s pagan.

The connection that Christians make with Passover, is the event in the Bible, where the Israelites had to put the blood of a lamb on their door posts in Egypt, so that the spirit of death would pass over those houses.

We see it as the blood of Jesus is over our heart and soul, so when a spirit comes, it has to pass over because of the blood.

 

Also, when we anoint our house, we say to the devil that nothing from him shall enter, it has to Passover. Jesus became the Passover Lamb and this is what we believe.

 

Matthew 5: 17

Do not think that I have come to do away with or [ab]undo the Law or the Prophets; I have come not to do away with or undo but to complete and fulfill them.

 

Colossians 2: 16

16 Therefore let no one sit in judgment on you in matters of food and drink, or with regard to a feast day or a New Moon or a Sabbath.17 Such [things] are only the shadow of things that are to come, and they have only a symbolic value. But the reality (the substance, the solid fact of what is foreshadowed, the body of it) belongs to Christ

 

Jesus came to fulfil everything. He became the Passover Lamb for us. Slain for us.

 

1 Corinthians 5: 7

 Purge (clean out) the old leaven that you may be fresh (new) dough, still uncontaminated [as you are], for Christ, our Passover [Lamb], has been sacrificed.

 

The Bible calls Jesus our Passover Lamb. This is a great celebration. God is looking for us to make a big thing out of this. Because of this we can stay under the blood of the Lamb, by being in a state of forgiveness the whole time.

Just operate with conviction. Not condemnation. The Holy Spirit gives conviction, which says “confess and come clean” and He helps you to do so, whereas condemnation will say “There’s no way out of this.” It will burden you and chain you up.

 

To live right with God, is the most important thing you can do for yourself.

 

In the Heavens you are either right or wrong with God. You are either in or out.

I want to be right with God. I want to be busy with God’s business. I want to be found busy with the right things -  the Kingdom first.

 

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