Israel, a prince by the side of God, means: ‘he will rule as God.’
This is in continuation of the posts: “HISTORICAL CORROBORATION OF THE CHRISTIAN EASTER.” The first and primary reason why God instituted the Easter, or better still, Passover was to proffer a lasting solution to man’s spiritual estrangement from the Creator. He had to use the covenanted Israel as a point of contact to the world at large. Only the blood of a spiritual impeccability is required to flush away this sinful proclivity of Adamic nature. The adversary, Lucifer, is a most horrific one. None but God, the Creator, can save mankind from Lucifer’s devilish, prepotent clutch.
God’s insurance policy kept every one of them safe
‘Passover,’ in Hebrew is the Aramaic pecach (peh’-sakh): ‘1. a pretermission, i.e. exemption 2. used only technically of the Jewish Passover (the festival or the victim).’ Pascha (pas’-khah) is the Greek rendition [of Chaldee origin], meaning: ‘1. the Passover (the meal, the day, the festival or the special sacrifices connected with it).’ From the Hebraic understanding, it gives a picture of a covering. What God actually did was to spread Himself over every sanguinarily insured Goshen home. God instituted the first insurance policy to cover HIS people! Every Christian, because of the shed blood of His Lamb, is under the coverage of this insurance policy.
The impeccability of the blood of Jesus is so uniquely matchless. He said in John 5:39, “Search the scriptures; for in them ye think ye have eternal life: and they are they which testify of me.” Quoting Him, Luke 24:27 says, “And beginning at Moses and all the prophets, he expounded unto them in all the scriptures the things concerning himself.” Likewise in Luke 24:44 is, “And he said unto them, These are the words which I spake unto you, while I was yet with you, that all things must be fulfilled, which were written in the law of Moses, and in the prophets, and in the psalms, concerning me.”
Peter preached concerning Him in Acts 4:12, “Neither is there salvation in any other: for there is none other name under heaven given among men, whereby we must be saved.” John quotes Him 3:36, “He that believeth on the Son hath everlasting life: and he that believeth not the Son shall not see life; but the wrath of God abideth on him.” 1John 5:11, “And this is the record, that God hath given to us eternal life, and this life is in his Son.” If another had been substituted for Christ, as postulated by Mohammedan Qur’an, it would have negated God’s unique plan of salvation.
This is the only nation God spoke with face to face
Jesus had a long teaching in John 6:6-65. In verse 46 He declared, “Not that any man hath seen the Father, save he which is of God, he hath seen the Father.” What needs to be asked now is, “Who did Adam and his wife see; and who did Moses see on Mount Sinai; and of course the armed Captain of the LORD’s army whom Joshua worshipped (Joshua 5:14)?” They all, at different times, saw the Second Member of the Godhead revealed in John 1:1. The word ‘with’ is pros, in Greek, which, in this context, is ‘forward, toward or face to face.’ If He and God, the Father, sit face to face, does this not postulate that God, the Father too has a face? Did we not read, “Let us make man in our image, after our likeness?” Christ is the only One who could have engaged Lucifer and to have destroyed his work of ‘steal, kill and to destroy.’
Not one of the children of Israel suffered death this night
It was of utmost significance that Jesus would take them to Gethsemane to pray. Gethsemane means: ‘oil press,’ emblematic of the unction of the Holy Spirit, the LORD God seated in the holiest of the Temple, and who would eventually be sent to empower the Church. Jesus had to take them back to the Garden of Eden, where man’s sin commenced. His number is twelve. It was apropos that one of them would misbehave so that He would complete the numerical twelve. When He said, “Sit ye here, while I go and pray yonder. 37 And he took with him Peter and the two sons of Zebedee (John 26:36-37), Jesus left the first group of 8 of the disciples in a spot. The second group of 3, and the third consisted of 1 of Him, alone. (…to be concluded…)
“…he that eateth of this bread shall live for ever” (John 6:58).
You can be born again and be transformed into God’s child. Say this prayer of salvation: “Dear heavenly Father, I come to You now in the name of Jesus Christ. I believe in my heart that Jesus is the Son of God. I believe in my heart that Jesus died for my sin. I believe that You raised Him from the dead. I believe that Jesus is LORD and I receive Him as my LORD and my Saviour. I give God all the glory. Amen”. Maintain the new birth by: 1. Praying always (in the name of Jesus) 1Thessalonians 5:17. 2) Read the Bible everyday (Joshua 1:8). 3) Go to Church regularly (Hebrews 10:25). 4. Tell others about Jesus (Mark 16:15). (…to be concluded…)
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