What I read today;
1 Timothy 3; Luke 18; Isaiah 60; Psalm 28; 1 Samuel 11; Exodus 13
In Exodus 13, God institutes the celebration of the Passover. Throughout the Bible, God establishes various acts which are designed to remind his people of what he has done for them.
In Genesis 17:9-11, he institutes the covenant of circumcision.
In the Gospels, the Sacrament of Baptism is instituted.
Before Jesus died, he gives us the Sacrament of Holy Communion.
Many misunderstand the meaning of these celebrations. They believe that these are actions that we do to please God. While they are God-pleasing, they are not done so that we can do a “work” for God.
In Exodus 13:8-10, God tells Moses the purpose of this celebration:
“You shall tell your child on that day, ‘It is because of what the Lord did for me when I came out of Egypt.’ It shall serve for you as a sign on your hand and as a reminder on your forehead, so that the teaching of the Lord may be on your lips; for with a strong hand the Lord brought you out of Egypt. You shall keep this ordinance at its proper time from year to year.” NRSV
Each of these sacraments or celebrations was designed to remind the people of what God had done for them. For the Jewish people, Passover was to remember it’s people that God had freed them from the yoke of slavery in Egypt. Today, the Sacraments instituted by Jesus are to remind us of what Jesus did for us on the cross, freeing us from our guilt and sin. They should remain a way in which we can share with our children and grandchildren the story of our personnel savior, Jesus Christ and what he has done for you and me!