Extension of Grace
Luke 24:13-49 NLT
Today is Passover Sunday (according to when i’m writing and not when you’re reading this), and for those who are not familiar with what Passover is it’s very simple. The original Passover was a time of remembrance for the Israelites from when they were enslaved in Egypt and the Lord PASSED OVER their houses if they had the blood of a lamb over their doors while his spirit went through and killed all the first born children and animals in the land.
‘On that night I will go through the land of Egypt, killing every first-born male, both human and animal, and punishing all the gods of Egypt. I am the Lord. The blood on the doorposts will be a sign to mark the houses in which you live. When I see the blood, I will PASS OVER (from where we get the term Passover) you . . . (Exodus 12)
Now how does this event that took place for Israelites relate to us? After God gave his only son Jesus to die for us, the bible describes Him as the Blood of the lamb, He was our sacrifice that allows our sins to be forgiven and covered so that God can draw near to us in our lives in all of his holiness; it’s a reminder for every person who has given their life to Christ that he was our ultimate sacrifice making this day no longer just a day of remembrance for the Israelite, but now also for us because just like them by sending Christ, God has brought us out of slavery from our sin and from the things that held us back from his love and into his kingdom as sons and daughters. By partaking in the Passover and communion of bread and wine, we are proclaiming our continual faith in Jesus’ sacrifice.
“The next day John saw Jesus coming toward him, and said, “Behold! The Lamb of God who takes away the sin of the world! ” (John 1:29, see also 1Peter 1:18 – 19, 1Corinthians 11:23 – 26 and Matthew 26:19 – 20, 26 – 29).
As I sat down this morning to take my communion (seeing that during this time of Corona we are unable to be in church to take it as a community) I sat and read Luke 21-24 NLT, which I strongly encourage giving these chapters a reread, and I realized that I can be a little too hard on myself when it comes to my walk with the Lord. Hear me out, I am reading through and one thing that stood out to me that I seem to overlook often is the disciple’s behavior after Jesus has been crucified. These men who walked with Jesus daily and saw his miracles and how he interacted with the people were now thrown off their game or shook by what just happened. It says that not only did they not believe Jesus had risen when the women came to tell them about it, but they also didn’t realize Jesus was walking right there with them to Emmaus. It talks about how God hid Jesus from them, and they didn’t realize it was him until he broke the bread to bless it. And then again when Jesus appeared to them when they were all together, they freaked out and Jesus had to keep reassuring them he wasn’t a ghost.
Could you imagine that?? Jesus, the son of man, having to convince his close friends that he was not a ghost! Throughout this part of the scripture you see heaven continuously reminding them “don’t you remember what Jesus said? He said he would die and raise back up, he told you this…. don’t you remember?” and as I’m reading this I realized that if his own disciples needed to be reassured of the promises they received from Christ because they were experiencing doubt, fear, and uncertainty; why wouldn’t I? Why wouldn’t we need reassurance of the promises God has spoken over our lives? Promises of a bright future and a plan that he has had in the works since the day we began to form in our mother’s womb. What makes me feel that I am so close to Christ that I would never lose sight of the words he has spoken over my life? It helped me see that when the scriptures point out the fact that God is slow to anger, patient, and loving that this is a prime example! I know just for me personally; I HATE REPEATING MYSELF … could you imagine if we were apart of the heavenly host that day?? There would have been a lot of “are you kidding me??” and “Are you really goin’ to act like he hasn’t been talking about this very day since day 1?!” followed by frustrated sighs and eye rolling (thank God we aren’t on the committee right?!). But this is the truth nonetheless, it would have been frustrating to see them forget everything they were told. And just like God extends grace to us sometimes we must remember to extend grace to ourselves. The world we live in is designed to keep us distracted and God knew we would need some reminding every once in awhile of who we are, how he sees us, what we’re truly capable of, and the plans he has in the works for us. I encourage you to pick up your word today and ask the lord to pull you away from the distractions so that you can be reminded of the jewel you are in His eyes. That nothing we do or feel is discarded and thrown to the waste side. He is a God who cares and will never stop reminding us of the true facts even when it takes us awhile to see it.
Be easy on yourself and trust you heavenly Father sis.