Scriptures with Songs

Jesus the Christ: Our Perfect Passover

firstfruitsJesus the Christ: Our Perfect Passover

Prelude Music

Opening prayer

Opening hymns

Hymn 1: On the Sabbath Day, p.2.3

Hymn 2: Brethren, We Have Met to Worship, p.2.11

Introduction: The feast of Passover is fast approaching, and just as the children of Israel were instructed to choose, ahead of the feast, for a perfect Passover lamb “without spot or blemish” for a sacrifice (Exodus 12:5), so too we must know perfectly our Lord Jesus Christ.

Time and again, the question as to who was and is Jesus Christ has been the subject of much controversies and divisions. Was He really a God, a created “demi-god”, an angel, or a mere man? Did He have prior existence (before His human birth)? Or was He simply a man conceived naturally (without aid of any miracle) and born to human parents?  Our true understanding of His origin, nature, and purpose will undoubtedly define our faith in Him (His works), His role as the Savior of the world, the ultimate Messiah (the anointed One)—the perfect Passover sacrifice!

God alone has the power to save man. God alone has made it possible for man to be saved from its utter helplessness because of sin. As John 3:16 made it clear,

“For God so loved the world, the he gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever believes in Him should not perish, but have an everlasting life.” 

Have we really come to realize what a tremendous sacrifice this is, in order for us to be redeemed from sin and be given eternal life? God so loved this world that He gave His own Son to save it! God is love!

But if Jesus was only human—a mere man, will this make sense to you?

If He was only a man, then His life would pay the death penalty for only one other person—and that’s it (life for a life)! Let this alone make another provision for an eternal life. No human being could really save mankind. The full penalty for everyone’s sins must be paid!

Yet even God alone in His full splendor and immortality cannot of Himself ransom man to pay the penalty of its sins. Remember, the penalty is the forfeiting (or death) of human life—not animal or any other kind of life. And God, as the source of all life and the One who has life within himself and is an Immortal Spirit, cannot die (John 5:26; 2 Cor.4:18).

Therefore it was an absolute necessity that there’d be One who was both human and divine.

The Bible reveals that just as God the Father is divine, so too the Son possessed the attributes of His Father’s divinity and as coming from eternity. Let’s hear it from our first reader of Scripture…

A.Pre-existence of Jesus Christ

Bible Verses 1 John 1:1-5; 11-14, 18; John 5:37-39; Philippians 2:5-7; 1 John 4:10-12; 1 Timothy 3:16

Facilitator: Thank you Bible Readers. Brethren, let’s please stand as we offer our praises through the following hymns:

Hymn 3:  Had We Not Sinned, p.2.41

Hymn 4:  God of our Fathers, p.43

Facilitator: Please be seated brethren.

B. Christ the Creator.  As revealed in John 1:1-2, Christ—the ‘Word’—was with God the Father in the beginning. “All things were made by Him (Christ)”, verse 3. These texts clearly established the pre-eminence of Jesus Christ in all things physical or material. He created every-thing! 

Jesus Christ is the Creator of the universe, of all things visible and invisible, of all things that had a beginning; whether they exist in time or in eternity—He is prior to all creations, to all beings, whether in the visible or invisible world.

Therefore Christ’s life is the life of the Creator God.  And in the person of Christ, the very Creator became our Saviour!  His life which He gave for us is of greater value than the total of all human beings.

Our second reader will provide the verses that prove these very things:

Bible Verses 2 –Matthew 1:21-23; Colossians 1:16-18; Hebrews 1:1-13; Revelation 3:14; 22:13

Thank you Bible Readers. Brethren, please all stand as we responsively offer our next hymns:

Hymn 5:  Creator of Life, p.202

C. Jesus Christ is “God our Savior”. As underscored previously, in order for someone to pay for the penalty of your sins and mine, it was necessary that Christ be divine—of God-kind. That His life be worth all our human lives put together. Thus, the Scripture made it clear that Jesus the Christ, is both our God and Savior!—see, Titus 2:11-14). 

Romans 9: 5 also clearly states,

“ Of whom are the fathers and from whom, according to the flesh, Christ came, who is over all,  the eternally blessed God. Amen.”

Further, as Jesus Himself testified to Martha, “I am the resurrection, and the life; he that believes in Me, though he were dead, yet shall he live.” (John 1:25)

If Christ were only human, He could have saved but one other human, and given life to none. To do this required God—the life and power of the Creator. Therefore, Christ is not just a “Mediator”, He is not simply a “Savior”, but He is God as His Father is! For our next Bible reader…

Bible Verses  3 – Psalm 110:1-4; Isaiah 9:6-7; Romans 9:5; Titus 2:11-14; 1 Timothy 6:14-16

Thank you Bible Readers. Brethren, please all stand as we responsively offer our next hymns:

Hymn6: Let us Keep the Feast,  p.203

Facilitator: Thank you brethren, please be seated.

D. Jesus Christ the “Son of God”. Apart from being God, the Heavenly Father also testified of Christ’s “Sonship”.  Why is this important? Because this testimony of the Father establishes the perfect relationship that exists in One God family.  Just like in a human family, the sons and daughters are on the same plane and level of existence as their own parents. Children are not inferior beings like animals, or in any sub-human existence. Jesus was equal with God in the sense that He existed on the same God-plane that the Father did in One God family. True, the Father was and is greater in authority than the Son—“My father is greater than I” (John 14:28).

As Jesus Christ said, “I and the Father are one” (John 10:30), not that they are the same Being,  but they are one in purpose, one in plan, and most of all, one in the sense that they are members of the same God family.

Bible Verses 4 –Matthew 3:16-17; Matthew 8:29; Matthew 16:13-16; John 5:19-21; John 6:68-69; 2 Peter 1:16-17; 1 John 5:10-20

Thank you readers. Brethren, please all stand as we sing the following hymns--

Hymn 7: Wake Up, O People!  p.2.18

Watch And Pray: Thank you, brethren. Let us pause now as we hear the news that we need to watch and pray for.

Thank you for the special music offering and for our watchman.

E.  Jesus Christ as the “Son of Man”. To pay the penalty of human sins, it was not enough that Jesus was Divine. He must become human to fulfill this mission as the Savior. Just as Jesus Christ was fully God in His pre-existence, so He became fully man—when He walked and lived on earth.

The “Son of Man” was the title that fitly described this role as He “divested” Himself of His divinity and former glory. When Jesus became flesh, He gave up all of His divine attributes and powers. The Bible describes Christ’s humanity just like any man, subject to human frailty and emotion, and can be tempted, just like we are. This also showed Christ’s full humility and willingness as He offered Himself to be the propitiation of man’s sins for our Salvation.

Bible Verses 5 – Matthew 13:41-43; Matthew 16:27-28; Matthew 18:10-11; Luke 6:5; Philippians 2:5-8; Galatians 4:4-5; Hebrews 4:14-15; Hebrews 10:5-10; 1 Corinthians 15:21-22

Hymn 8: In Days of Old, p.124

F.  Jesus Christ is Our Passover. One critical aspect in choosing the Passover lamb, was the fact that it must  be “blameless”, without defects, a male of the first year (Exodus 12). Did Jesus fulfil all these typologies?

Our understanding of the true nature of the Messiah, certainly should give us all the confidence that the “sacrifice” is worth accepting/receiving by the Father Himself. The Scriptural references/verses, we have previously read pointed to the prophetic fulfilment of all these. Jesus’ sacrifice is that pivotal and defining event in God’s plan to save mankind. Christ’s sacrifice as “our Passover” opened the way for a new (‘renewed’) covenant with all of God’s people. That’s how important it is to recognize and appreciate His offerings. The Passover should also remind us of the close relationship we have with Jesus Christ as our Saviour, leading us to a new way of life unto eternal. 

 Jesus Christ as our Passover reminds us yearly of the Father’s supreme act of love, through the sacrifice of His own begotten-Son. This we should all be thankful and our praises endless before our God.

Bible Reader 6 – Exodus 12:1-8; Isaiah 53:3-12; Matthew 26:17-19;26-29; John 3:13-16; 1 Corinthians 5:6-8

Hymn 10: Christ our Passover, p.201

7. Jesus as the “Lamb of God” As unquestionably affirmed in the New Testament, Jesus Christ, as our “Passover Lamb,” was sacrificed for us. John the Baptist even prophetically saw this when he declared early on, “Behold the Lamb of God, which taketh away the sin of the world.” (John 1:29)

On the first Passover in Egypt, the firstborn were spared from the death angel by the blood of a lamb. That Old Testament deliverance was a symbol of our being spared today from eternal death (Romans 6:23). Jesus, the True Lamb of God, is the reality and fulfilment of what the Old Testament Passover lamb foreshadowed. Through His sinless life and sacrificial death, Jesus became the only One capable of giving people a way to escape death and a sure hope of salvation and eternal life.

Interestingly as we conclude, the book of Revelation, is full of references validating Christ as the true “Lamb of God” in more than two dozen times.  He is symbolically portrayed as a lamb “that was slain,” yet lives (Revelation 5:6,12). Thus reaffirming the role Jesus Christ continually played in our salvation and deliverance until we reach the kingdom of God, as He rule with a “rod of iron” conquering everything unto Himself and to the Almighty God and Everlasting Father.

 The New Jerusalem is called “the Lamb’s wife” (21:10). The city has no temple, and no need for the light of the sun or moon, for “the Lord God Almighty and the Lamb are its temple” (verse 22), and “the Lamb is its light” (verse 23). The “throne of God and of the Lamb” are in the city (22:1, 3), and only those whose names are in “the Lamb’s book of life” may enter in its gates to the city (21:27). More on these from our final Bible verses…

Bible Verses 7 – Romans 6:20-23; 1 Peter 1:18-21; Hebrews 5:1-10; Hebrews 9:12-15;

Bible Verses 8 – Revelation 5:6-14; Revelation 12:10-12; Revelation 21:10-14,22-23; Revelation 22:1-3

Please all rise as we conclude with thanksgiving and praise…

Hymn 11: Behold the Glories of the Lamb, p.133

 Hymn 12: It Won’t be Long Now, p. 2.56

Closing prayer.

--------------------

With Mrs. Ofelia Limpoco-Magat

You are here: Home Scriptures with Songs Jesus the Christ: Our Perfect Passover