Text: Luke 22:14-20
Other references: Hebrews 10:1-4, 11, Jeremiah 13, Galatians 4:4, Matthew 27:39-42; Luke 23:36-42, Hebrews 7:25; Hebrews 9:12-14; Hebrews 8:12; Hebrews 10:17, Hebrews 2:14,15, Galatians 2:20; Ephesians 2:1-22, I Timothy 1:15, II Corinthians 9:15, Galatians 6:14
In Eden, Adam and Eve lived in perfect bliss in the presence of God. After the fall, they came to know suffering and ugliness. The communion with God was broken. They were driven out of the garden.
Their own relationships were changed. Their relationships with their children was different. Surely Adam remembered and mourned for what was lost.
There was a note of hope. The promise of a descendent that would restore that deep communion with God. This message of hope was shared with their children, but that memory grew dim in the generations that followed.
Fast forward to the children of Israel… They had just been delivered from the Egyptians. But that did not make them holy; the exodus had not cleansed them from their sins. Yet the law and its sacrifices were instituted, pointing to the problem of our sinfulness and showing a type of the coming deliverer.
The day of atonement must have left a deep desire for something better, especially among the faithful Jews. And He came.
God so loved the world that He gave His only begotten son…
It was not merely for physical life, but spiritual life that Jesus gave Himself.
Satan’s power was broken. God made us alive, who had been dead in trespasses and sins… for we are God’s workmanship, created in Christ Jesus for good works, which God prepared beforehand so that we would walk in them.
And we find communion with God… and communion with each other.
How merciful God is to us!
We remember today I am a sinner saved by grace; We remember Jesus our Redeemer who gave his life for us; And we love Him.