November 23, 2017

Philippians 4:6 (NLT) — 6 Don’t worry about anything; instead, pray about everything. Tell God what you need, and thank him for all he has done.

As you sit around your Thanksgiving dinner table today thank God for how easy he made it for you to come and have your sins cleansed by the blood of Jesus and your sicknesses and diseases healed by the body of Jesus.

At the first Passover meal each family had to choose a year old lamb or goat without any defects at all. That meant that the animal had to succumb to an intense examination. It had to be a perfectly good animal. Only the best was good enough to offer to God. The animals throat was slit and the blood poured out into a bowl. The blood was then smeared over the doorposts of the house. Blood is life. Without blood an animal or a person would die. When the death angel saw the blood he would Passover and the people in the house would be spared from death to live.

The meat was to be roasted over a fire and eaten. Anything that was left was to be burned up before the morning just as Jesus’ body was burned completely by our sins. They were to be dressed, packed and ready to move out from Egypt after the meal. They were not to dawdle but eat with a sense of urgency. In other words don’t do this half-heartedly with an unbelieving heart. On must not dawdle when it come to receiving Jesus.

The people had to do all of this by faith. If they doubted and did not smear the blood they would die. If they doubted and did not roast and eat of the lamb or if they thought they could wait until morning they would be left behind still slaves in captivity. If they did not eat of the lamb in faith they would not have had the strength or health for the journey ahead.

Psalm 105:37 (GNB) — 37 Then he led the Israelites out; they carried silver and gold, and all of them were healthy and strong.

Today we do not have to find a perfect year old lamb to slaughter and smear its blood for the forgiveness of our sins so that we will be spared eternal death. We do not have to roast the lamb and eat it in a hurry so that we will have the strength to leave our captivity to sin and the clutches of the devil.

1 Corinthians 5:7 (NLT) — 7  Christ, our Passover Lamb, has been sacrificed for us.

Jesus Christ was the lamb that was slaughtered for us. He was inspected by God the Father and found to be the perfect sacrifice for us. His blood was poured out for the forgiveness of our sins. We must come to him in faith believing that he is our savior and that by believing our sins are forgiven. Our Passover meal is Holy Communion and we drink juice from a cup believing this is Jesus’ blood poured out for the forgiveness of our sins. We do this often as we remember Jesus and by remembering our faith is strengthened. We are also declaring to the enemy that he has been disarmed by Jesus and he has no power or authority over us. We are free from his reign and rule over us.

As we eat the bread we believe that this is the body of Christ and the means that Jesus is bringing to us his supernatural health. Jesus has made it easy for us to be healthy physically, spiritually, mentally, and emotional. We eat by faith. The same faith that we used to believe for the forgiveness of our sins is the same faith that we use to believe for out health. We must be healthy because now that we have been freed from sin and satan we have a journey ahead to live righteously and be witnesses for our Lord Jesus.

We never have to be afraid of coming to Holy Communion because as worshippers we are not being examined. Jesus was examined and found perfect so we can come with no condemnation and drink of the perfect lamb to receive perfect forgiveness. And we can eat of the perfect lamb to receive our perfect healing.

A lot of preparation went into the Thanksgiving Meal that you are about to eat. But all the kids will probably eat having done nothing at all to help prepare. No one will condemn them for not helping and they will get to eat as much as they want and they will go away satisfied.

A lot of preparation went into the Meal that Heals, Holy Communion. And all of us believing kids had nothing to do with the preparation but we get to come and help ourselves to as much of Jesus as we want and we will go away forgiven, healed and feeling no condemnation at all!

Matthew 26:26–28 (NLT) — 26 As they were eating, Jesus took some bread and blessed it. Then he broke it in pieces and gave it to the disciples, saying, “Take this and eat it, for this is my body.” 27 And he took a cup of wine and gave thanks to God for it. He gave it to them and said, “Each of you drink from it, 28 for this is my blood, which confirms the covenant between God and his people. It is poured out as a sacrifice to forgive the sins of many.

I encourage you to have Holy Communion along with your Thanksgiving Meal today and be sure to thank the Father, Jesus and the Holy Spirit for making it so easy to partake of the life of Christ.

Happy Thanksgiving:)

Be Inspired Hilltop!