From the Pastor’s Pen

Final thoughts on Mark 14:1-2

After two days it was the Passover and the Feast of Unleavened Bread. And the chief priests and the scribes sought how they might take Him by trickery and put Him to death. But they said, “Not during the feast, lest there be an uproar of the people.”      NKJV

Because the crucifixion of Christ took place the week of the Passover, the early church understood that the Lord Jesus Christ fulfilled the symbolism in the Passover meal as “the Lamb of God who takes away the sin of the world!” (John 1:29). The marking of blood on the doorposts (Ex. 12:7-13) has a clear tie to the shedding of Jesus’ blood on the cross, and it is therefore no surprise to learn in the New Testament that the Passover is a type of Jesus’ redemptive death on the cross (I Cor. 5:7).

Without the Lord Jesus Christ, God the Father looks upon the world He made and sees only a mass of vile corrupt sinners, guilty of breaking His divine laws, who are deserving of nothing more that His wrath. But since Jesus has died for us, God the Father now sees in the midst of fallen humanity believers whose sins have been covered by the blood of His Son through faith in the Lord Jesus Christ (I John 3:5, Rom. 8:1). His wrath has been turned aside from us who are blood-bought Christians in a passing over even greater than the one over the houses of Israel so long ago.

The irony in our passage is that the Jewish religious leaders, who knew the scriptures and should have recognized in the Lord Jesus Christ the fulfillment of those Old Testament Messianic passage and types, rejected the very One who the Passover that they were about to partake pictured, and as a result would perish in their sins. Being Jews did not save them. Not did being from esteemed families, or teachers of the Scriptures.

Likewise, dear reader, do not think that being born into a family of Christians or even being a teacher of the Bible will save you from the wrath to come. Unless you truly repent of your sins (Luke 13:3, 5) and trust in the redemptive work of the Lord Jesus Christ on your behalf, as your personal Savior (John 1:12), you will perish just as those Jewish religious leaders did. Heed the warning of God’s word.

For God so loved the world that He gave His only begotten Son, that whoever believes in Him should not perish but have everlasting life. For God did not send His Son into the world to condemn the world, but that the world through Him might be saved. He who believes in Him is not condemned; but he who does not believe is condemned already, because he has not believed in the name of the only begotten Son of God.           John 3:16-18      NKJV

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