Tuesday, April 3, 2012 (All day)
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[Steve Myers] How do you know the value of something? Well, we know the value by how much it costs. You go to the grocery store, you take that item to the check out and you know what you've got to pull out of your wallet in order to take that item home. Well, when it comes to a spiritual concept, here we are just on the verge of the Passover. And the Passover costs something extremely valuable—so much so that it's something we really need to step back and recognize how much Passover costs.
[Darris McNeely] The true cost of Passover really boils down to the cost of the life of the Son of God. When we observe the Passover service every year on the occasion of the death of Jesus Christ, as a memorial of His death, His suffering, it is the most momentous event of all time—that it took the death of the Son of God, God Himself to pay the penalty for sin is a remarkable matter. In John chapter 1 verse 29 we have a statement that is made about Jesus Christ by John the Baptist. "When John the Baptist saw Jesus coming toward Him and said, 'Behold, the Lamb of God, Who takes away the sins of the world'"(John 1:29). He saw Jesus Christ for what He was—the fulfillment of the Lamb of the Old Testament Passover from Exodus chapter 12 and that whole system of sacrifices that surrounded the temple and the Levitical priesthood. He saw all of that fulfilled in the very life and personality and the death of Jesus Christ. And that is a tremendous cost.
[Steve Myers] It's an amazing cost when you consider it. And you fast forward to the New Testament, you fast forward to the crucifixion and the sacrifice of Christ and that Passover that He instituted with the disciples—the New Testament Passover. That's something for you and I that we need to observe, something that we need to proclaim the death of Jesus Christ because He died in our place. And we've accepted the Lamb of God as our Savior so that we don't have the penalty of sin looming over our lives. And that took the death of the One who created it all. You know, God the Father created all things through Jesus Christ. And so the significant cost of the Passover is that it took the death of the Creator for us—so that our sins could be forgiven.
[Darris McNeely] And that is the personal reflection and thought that everyone who attempts to come and take the Passover service should reflect on and think about. It cost a lot. It cost the life of God. And that's the highest cost of all.