We have a special opportunity coming up to be stretched and to grow. A representative from Jews for Jesus is coming to our church March 16th. Eric Bennett will being giving a presentation on “Christ in the Passover.” In Romans 15:4 we are told that “everything that was written in the past was written to teach us.” In 1 Cor 10:1-13 we are told in a similar vein that the recorded events of the past are given to us as examples. The bible is a unified message and no part of it ought to be ignored by God’s people. Our Lord, walking with Cleopas and one other disciple from Jerusalem to Emmaus opened the scriptures and explained starting from the books of Moses through the prophets what was said in all the scriptures concerning Him. From Genesis through Revelation, it is all about Him.
The law was fulfilled through the work of Jesus and has been satisfied completely and its righteous requirements have been fully met in us (Rom 8:4). We need not keep it, and in fact must not as a means of attaining righteousness. But a deeper understanding of the Old Covenant will enhance our understanding of our faith. Christianity is not antithetical to the Old Testament. It is the fulfillment of it. We may be grafted in to believing Israel, but the tree supports the graft and not the other way around (Rom 11:11-24)!
God’s full redemptive plan was hidden for ages from humanity. It was progressively made known to us and now in its culmination, it is revealed: “the mystery is that through the gospel the Gentiles are heirs together with Israel, members together of one body, and sharers together
in the promise in Christ Jesus” (Eph 3:6). Now that we, who are alive in the church age see the fuller picture, let’s see it more clearly! I hope that when you come that you will take notes, take this to heart and see more fully the significance of Passover, Communion and how these these portray Christ.