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How to Approach the New Testament Passover

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How to Approach the New Testament Passover

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Here are seven approaches you need to take in order to participate in or observe a meaningful Passover.

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Here are seven approaches you need to take in order to participate in or observe a meaningful Passover.

1. Meditatively - Consider what Jesus Christ went through for you. Read Mark 14 and Mark 15. Read of His trials and passion at His trial and crucifixion.

 

2. Reflectively - Consider what Jesus Christ's sacrifice means to you. Read Romans 6:3-5 Romans 6:3-5 [3] Know you not, that so many of us as were baptized into Jesus Christ were baptized into his death? [4] Therefore we are buried with him by baptism into death: that like as Christ was raised up from the dead by the glory of the Father, even so we also should walk in newness of life. [5] For if we have been planted together in the likeness of his death, we shall be also in the likeness of his resurrection:
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, 8; Galatians 2:20 Galatians 2:20I am crucified with Christ: nevertheless I live; yet not I, but Christ lives in me: and the life which I now live in the flesh I live by the faith of the Son of God, who loved me, and gave himself for me.
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; Ephesians 5:1-2 Ephesians 5:1-2 [1] Be you therefore followers of God, as dear children; [2] And walk in love, as Christ also has loved us, and has given himself for us an offering and a sacrifice to God for a sweet smelling smell.
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3. Meaningfully - Understand what the Passover emblems represent. The Footwashing: Matthew 25:34-40 Matthew 25:34-40 [34] Then shall the King say to them on his right hand, Come, you blessed of my Father, inherit the kingdom prepared for you from the foundation of the world: [35] For I was an hungered, and you gave me meat: I was thirsty, and you gave me drink: I was a stranger, and you took me in: [36] Naked, and you clothed me: I was sick, and you visited me: I was in prison, and you came to me. [37] Then shall the righteous answer him, saying, Lord, when saw we you an hungered, and fed you? or thirsty, and gave you drink? [38] When saw we you a stranger, and took you in? or naked, and clothed you? [39] Or when saw we you sick, or in prison, and came to you? [40] And the King shall answer and say to them, Truly I say to you, Inasmuch as you have done it to one of the least of these my brothers, you have done it to me.
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; Galatians 5:13 Galatians 5:13For, brothers, you have been called to liberty; only use not liberty for an occasion to the flesh, but by love serve one another.
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- Showing us the attitude and heart of a servant. The Bread: John 6:35 John 6:35And Jesus said to them, I am the bread of life: he that comes to me shall never hunger; and he that believes on me shall never thirst.
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; 1 Corinthians 10:11-17 1 Corinthians 10:11-17 [11] Now all these things happened to them for ensamples: and they are written for our admonition, on whom the ends of the world are come. [12] Why let him that thinks he stands take heed lest he fall. [13] There has no temptation taken you but such as is common to man: but God is faithful, who will not suffer you to be tempted above that you are able; but will with the temptation also make a way to escape, that you may be able to bear it. [14] Why, my dearly beloved, flee from idolatry. [15] I speak as to wise men; judge you what I say. [16] The cup of blessing which we bless, is it not the communion of the blood of Christ? The bread which we break, is it not the communion of the body of Christ? [17] For we being many are one bread, and one body: for we are all partakers of that one bread.
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; 1 Peter 2:24 1 Peter 2:24Who his own self bore our sins in his own body on the tree, that we, being dead to sins, should live to righteousness: by whose stripes you were healed.
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- Christ, Himself, His Sufferings and His Body. The Wine: Hebrews 10:4-5 Hebrews 10:4-5 [4] For it is not possible that the blood of bulls and of goats should take away sins. [5] Why when he comes into the world, he said, Sacrifice and offering you would not, but a body have you prepared me:
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, 9-11; 1 Peter 1:19-20 1 Peter 1:19-20 [19] But with the precious blood of Christ, as of a lamb without blemish and without spot: [20] Who truly was foreordained before the foundation of the world, but was manifest in these last times for you,
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- Christ's shed blood, His very life being poured our for each of us.

 

4. Reverently - Consider that we observe the Passover in honor of the death of Jesus Christ. We are to remember His death on your behalf. John 16:6 John 16:6But because I have said these things to you, sorrow has filled your heart.
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, 20, 22; 1 Peter 1:10-16 1 Peter 1:10-16 [10] Of which salvation the prophets have inquired and searched diligently, who prophesied of the grace that should come to you: [11] Searching what, or what manner of time the Spirit of Christ which was in them did signify, when it testified beforehand the sufferings of Christ, and the glory that should follow. [12] To whom it was revealed, that not to themselves, but to us they did minister the things, which are now reported to you by them that have preached the gospel to you with the Holy Ghost sent down from heaven; which things the angels desire to look into. [13] Why gird up the loins of your mind, be sober, and hope to the end for the grace that is to be brought to you at the revelation of Jesus Christ; [14] As obedient children, not fashioning yourselves according to the former lusts in your ignorance: [15] But as he which has called you is holy, so be you holy in all manner of conversation; [16] Because it is written, Be you holy; for I am holy.
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; Luke 20:13 Luke 20:13Then said the lord of the vineyard, What shall I do? I will send my beloved son: it may be they will reverence him when they see him.
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enlighten us concerning the seriousness of His sacrifice.

 

5. Joyfully - Observing the Passover service brings to mind the freedom that you have received from the grips of sin. 1 Peter 1:8 1 Peter 1:8Whom having not seen, you love; in whom, though now you see him not, yet believing, you rejoice with joy unspeakable and full of glory:
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; Philippians 3:2-5 Philippians 3:2-5 [2] Beware of dogs, beware of evil workers, beware of the concision. [3] For we are the circumcision, which worship God in the spirit, and rejoice in Christ Jesus, and have no confidence in the flesh. [4] Though I might also have confidence in the flesh. If any other man thinks that he has whereof he might trust in the flesh, I more: [5] Circumcised the eighth day, of the stock of Israel, of the tribe of Benjamin, an Hebrew of the Hebrews; as touching the law, a Pharisee;
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; 1 Peter 4:13 1 Peter 4:13But rejoice, inasmuch as you are partakers of Christ's sufferings; that, when his glory shall be revealed, you may be glad also with exceeding joy.
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6. Gratefully - You should express thanks and feel grateful that you have a Savior who forgave you and ever lives to forgive your sins. Forgiveness is a wonderful blessing that you can never be too thankful for. Colossians 2:5-8 Colossians 2:5-8 [5] For though I be absent in the flesh, yet am I with you in the spirit, rejoicing and beholding your order, and the steadfastness of your faith in Christ. [6] As you have therefore received Christ Jesus the Lord, so walk you in him: [7] Rooted and built up in him, and established in the faith, as you have been taught, abounding therein with thanksgiving. [8] Beware lest any man spoil you through philosophy and vain deceit, after the tradition of men, after the rudiments of the world, and not after Christ.
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; 1 Timothy 1:12-15 1 Timothy 1:12-15 [12] And I thank Christ Jesus our Lord, who has enabled me, for that he counted me faithful, putting me into the ministry; [13] Who was before a blasphemer, and a persecutor, and injurious: but I obtained mercy, because I did it ignorantly in unbelief. [14] And the grace of our Lord was exceeding abundant with faith and love which is in Christ Jesus. [15] This is a faithful saying, and worthy of all acceptation, that Christ Jesus came into the world to save sinners; of whom I am chief.
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; Romans 15:10-12 Romans 15:10-12 [10] And again he said, Rejoice, you Gentiles, with his people. [11] And again, Praise the Lord, all you Gentiles; and laud him, all you people. [12] And again, Esaias said, There shall be a root of Jesse, and he that shall rise to reign over the Gentiles; in him shall the Gentiles trust.
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7. Hopefully - Through Christ's death and life you may walk with Him now and forever. 1 Corinthians 15:19 1 Corinthians 15:19If in this life only we have hope in Christ, we are of all men most miserable.
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; Colossians 1:27 Colossians 1:27 To whom God would make known what is the riches of the glory of this mystery among the Gentiles; which is Christ in you, the hope of glory:
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; Colossians 3:2-4 Colossians 3:2-4 [2] Set your affection on things above, not on things on the earth. [3] For you are dead, and your life is hid with Christ in God. [4] When Christ, who is our life, shall appear, then shall you also appear with him in glory.
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; 1 Peter 1:3 1 Peter 1:3Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, which according to his abundant mercy has begotten us again to a lively hope by the resurrection of Jesus Christ from the dead,
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