Posted by: missionventureministries | April 5, 2015

JESUS OUR PASSOVER LAMB AND RESURRECTED SAVIOR – Matthew 28:1-10; Mark 16:1-11; Luke 24:1-12; John 20:1-18

1 The resurrection of Jesus

This time of year, it is a good time to read through both the Passover and the Resurrection accounts in the Bible. They can be found in Exodus 12, Matthew 28:1-10; Mark 16:1-11; Luke 24:1-12; John 20:1-18. 

It is quite inspiring to think of the incredible level of faith and trust Moses had to stand-up to the most powerful worldly leader of the day, Pharaoh, and demand freedom for his people. It took courage to be resilient even after Pharaoh continually denied his requests. The love that Moses had for God and his people gave him the strength to confront Pharaoh to accomplish the mission God sent him to carry out. 

Once the first Passover took place and the Israelites witnessed the miracle God performed to deliver them from slavery, they went on their journey to the Promised Land. Despite all the many miracles God provided on the way, they questioned God, made faithless and dishonorable decisions; they blatantly defied and blasphemed Almighty God and their sins took them further from God. Therefore, many paid the price dying in the wilderness because of their disobedience and unbelief. 

Fortunately, Moses was a powerful and God anointed leader and even thought there was the never-ending bickering and backlash of his own people he pressed forward to the Promised Land. He was a man on a mission straight from God. 

As we think of Christ, our Passover Lamb, knowing His fate, He pressed on to pay the price for our sins on the cross, so that we can also one day reach our “Promised Land – Heaven”.  

If left to our individual whims and desires, we become like the Israelites, who had seen God perform miracles, yet continually strayed away from Him. They abandoned their identity to chase after the idols that fulfilled their self-gratifying desires of the moment. 

Much the same way today, our society teaches people to chase after what makes them feel good in the moment, rather than live the disciplined and faith-filled life of our biblical patriarchs. Instead, people fill their lives with all kinds of toys, pills, alcohol, perverted sexual activities, and other self-gratifying desires in order to find happiness. The result is a society that is filled with debt, depression, disease, and divorce. 

We need less stuff and more of God in our lives to bring peace and order to our day. Everything else just interferes with the process. Only God through Christ can give us hope: “Therefore, brethren, be even more diligent to make your call and election sure, for if you do these things you will never stumble; for so an entrance will be supplied to you abundantly into the everlasting kingdom of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ.” (2 Peter 1:10-11) 

Pride and unbelief are the biggest distractions and the most destructive sins in people’s lives. It is what causes the negative stress that we experience. If we look back at all the stupid arguments, petty details, offenses and miss-communicated feelings that we let influence us; we realize just how much pride drains our life. 

We need to ask the Lord to warn us when pride sneaks in and not let it get hold of our mind. “Listen and pay attention! Do not be arrogant, for the Lord has spoken. Give glory to the Lord your God before it is too late. Acknowledge Him before He brings darkness upon you, causing you to stumble and fall on the darkening mountains. For then, when you look for light, you will find only terrible darkness and gloom” (Jeremiah 13:15-16).  

Therefore, next time your prides gets in the way and you get easily offended, start bickering and complaining, holding grudges and arguing over things of little value; stop, take time out and spend time in prayer and in God’s Word. 

It is very sad and painful when we see people making careless decisions, abusing themselves, their bodies, other innocent people and their future. That is why we at Mission Venture Ministries have a passion to teach and encourage the principle of life from God’s Word. Spiritual health is very important as is a healthy lifestyle of eating and caring for this temple where the Holy Spirit resides. We want to share God’s ways and His love with all those He puts in our paths. 

Yes, there is hope for those who are sincerely searching.  

As you are reading these words you need to understand that there are no coincidences with God, but that through every circumstance, God is opening windows of opportunity to bless and fill your life. 

There is hope in those who trust in the Lord. God is a healer and He can and will heal no matter what has happened in the past, if we truly repent (change) our ways, discipline ourselves and do the right things starting with humbly obeying and following Christ.  

Our Lord and Savior will give us the courage to stand-up for what is right, regardless of what anyone else may think, say, or do. God has a purpose for everyone on earth, but we need to anchor our lives with absolute faith into that purpose and continually infuse it with joy, love, and hope that allows us to fulfill His purpose for our lives. 

If we can answer any questions, please let us hear from you. We are wishing you a joyful and blessed day celebrating Jesus’ resurrection. He is risen; hallelujah! 

But now Christ has been raised from the dead, the first fruits of those who are asleep. 21 For since by a man came death, by a man also came the resurrection of the dead. 22 For as in Adam all die, so also in Christ all will be made alive. 23 But each in his own order: Christ the first fruits, after that those who are Christ’s at His coming. (1 Corinthians 15:20-23)

 

 

 

 

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