When Jesus arrived at that meaningful last Passover, he knew what fate awaited him. A terrible death lay before him in order to give his life as a ransom for man’s redemption.
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Vatican officials are now reiterating their demand for control over the religious sites in the ancient and holy city founded by King David as the capital of ancient Israel and now the capital of the reestablished Jewish state.
We are to feed on Christ as the Jews fed on the literal lamb. Instead of the bitter herbs, which aided and whetted their appetites, we have bitter experiences and trials which the Lord prepares for us, and which help to wean our affections from earthly things and to give us increased appetite to feed upon the Lamb and the unleavened Bread of Truth. We, too, are to remember that we have here no continuing city; but as pilgrims, strangers, staff in hand, we are to gird ourselves for our journey to the Heavenly Canaan, to all the glorious things which God has in reservation for the Church of the First-borns, in association with our Redeemer, as kings and priests unto God.
Prince Gijs might have been a wise and benevolent leader – but he is also a homosexual one. That alone was enough for his local church to refuse this atypical nobleman holy communion.
This is where Reusel’s carnival celebrations went awry this year. According to Catholic teaching, people who live in sin are excluded from holy communion. It is public knowledge in Reusel that Vermeulen lives together with his boyfriend. Therefore, father Luc Buyens of the local church told the prince before the ceremony he would receive “a cross on his forehead but no communion wafer”.
It is important to realize that divisions must come eventually. The “heresies” (or sects) were the attitudes “I am of Paul,” “I am of Apollos,” etc. Different brethren followed different individuals, all the while thinking they were doing God a service. The attitude of some was, “Since Christ is the Head of the Church, how can saying, ‘I am of Christ,’ be wrong?” The error was their use of the pronoun “I” instead of saying, “We are all of God in Christ.” Harmony in the class would be impossible unless the Corinthians were straightened out on this matter.
These three ingredients are so essential—to be directed to the right path, or way, and knowing that it is the truth and that it leads to life. The path to life is a narrow way, “and few there be that find it” (Matt. 7:14). Once the way is found, it must be entered.
Notice that when the apostles Thomas, Philip, and Judas (not Iscariot) questioned Jesus in verses 5, 8, and 22, they preceded the question with “Lord.” That humility, that recognition, that decorum, characterized them and it was proper. We should have the same attitude of not being too familiar with either God or Jesus. Nevertheless, we have the full freedom of going to the throne of grace in joy, in sorrow, and in pain. Sometimes the disciples used “Master” instead of “Lord.” Even the world used some decorum in addressing Jesus as “Rabbi.”
Jesus as the great “corresponding price” the Ransom, had to take the sinners place. He had to experience what Father Adam experienced. Just as Adam felt shame and hid behind the tree, our Lord had to feel that shame and was disgracefully exposed in front of the tree. Adam was born the King of humanity, but lost that crown and was cursed with thorns and thistles. Likewise Jesus who is our king and was the King of the Jews was robed in kingly apparel in his last moments and crowned with the cursed thorns. Both betrayals took place in a garden and Satan was behind both. All these instances and more come to mind when we take time to consider the price the Lord paid at Calvary.