“THE LORD’S TABLE”
April 2nd, 2022
1 Corinthians 5:7-8
“Cleanse out the old leaven that you may be a new lump, as you really are unleavened. For Christ, our Passover lamb, has been sacrificed. Let us therefore celebrate the festival, not with the old leaven, the leaven of malice and evil, but with the unleavened bread of sincerity and truth”
Roughly 2 weeks away from Passover and Holy Week? Did you know that before the Passover feast, all leaven was to be removed from the house, and nothing with leaven in it was to be eaten for a whole week. Can you eat your bread without yeast for a week or have any non-yeast; baking powder ingredients your kitchen? I tried it last year before Passover and during Passover, baked my own bread, whew: one of the most dietary food intake challenges of my life!
The Apostle Paul says that just as the Jews were concerned to remove all leaven from their midst, so the church should have a concern to remove notorious, unrepentant sinners from their midst. H connects the purity of Passover and the Christian life as one that each of us must live by i.e salvation; liberation, joy; plenty, and purity from heaven. Jesus requires our lives to mirror these characteristics and much more.Sincerity and truth mentioned in verse 8 are also our guiding posts for Christina living.
Jesus is in fact our Passover Lamb, whose blood was shed that the judgment of God might pass over us. So, we are to live in the purity that Passover speaks of. Apostle Paul’s point is both clear and dramatic – you must live unleavened because you are unleavened. “Be what you are” in Christ, renewed, a new man no longer in sin but in a new life is the basic message of the New Testament for Christian living.
Let the words of the Preacher C. H Spurgeon echo in our spirit “Salvation in sin is not possible, it must always be salvation from sin.”
In His Name,
Min. DeeAnne Mataitoga
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