Revelation 1:7 Behold, He is coming with the clouds, and every eye will see Him — even those who pierced Him. And all the tribes of the earth will mourn because of Him. So shall it be! Amen.
Many will choose to worship on Easter Sunday. People who never attend church the remainder of the year will seek a house of worship on Easter because the resurrection holds promise and life for all who find the way to God. Knowing how to approach God is essential. What does the Bible say?
UNDER THE NEW COVENANT
Hebrews 12:18 For you have not come to a mountain that can be touched and that is burning with fire; to darkness, gloom, and storm; 19 to a trumpet blast or to a voice that made its hearers beg that no further word be spoken. 20 For they could not bear what was commanded: “If even an animal touches the mountain, it must be stoned. 21 The sight was so terrifying that even Moses said, “I am trembling with fear. 22 Instead, you have come to Mount Zion, to the city of the living God, the heavenly Jerusalem. You have come to myriads of angels 23 in joyful assembly, to the congregation of the firstborn, enrolled in heaven. You have come to God the judge of all men, to the spirits of the righteous made perfect, 24 to JESUS, THE MEDIATOR OF A NEW COVENANT, and to THE SPRINKLED BLOOD that speaks a better word than the blood of Abel.
THE CHRIST OF THE BIBLE
Under the New Covenant we are under grace. The Lord Christ Jesus left heavens glory and came to earth. He is the ONLY BEGOTTEN SON OF GOD. He emptied Himself of His former glory and came wrapped in flesh. He lived under the limitations we experience here for 33 years. He only used His power to help, heal, resurrect, forgive and protect others during this time. After living as the Son of man and preaching the kingdom, Christ became our Passover Lamb, the Savior of the world. He died on a cross, shedding His blood. He was crucified and buried, but on the third day, He arose. Because of His bodily resurrection, we now also have hope of resurrection when we die.
THIS DO IN REMEMBRANCE…
Because Christ came as our ransom and propitiation for sin and because He clearly taught that we are saved by Him when we repent and believe the gospel, He did not give us a long list of do’s and don’ts. Instead He commanded only that we love as He loved and then He graciously gives us the ability to do this through regeneration. He also asked that we be baptized in identification with Him and that we do one other thing in remembrance of Him…
Luke 22:19 And He took the bread, gave thanks and broke it, and gave it to them, saying, “This is My body, given for you; do this in remembrance of Me.” 20 In the same way, after supper He took the cup, saying, “This cup is the new covenant in My blood, which is poured out for you...”
Earlier Jesus had told the Jews and all in the company who were listening to Him preach:
John 6:53 So Jesus said to them, “Truly, truly, I tell you, unless you eat the flesh and drink the blood of the Son of Man, you have no life in you. 54 Whoever eats My flesh and drinks My blood has eternal life, and I will raise him up at the last day.…
Many were offended by this. Even today, there are people who are offended. Yet Jesus tells us that life is in His body and His blood. Because of this, if we are true believers, we are to partake of the “cup of the new covenant” until He returns.
WHY THE BREAD AND THE CUP?
The bread represents Jesus’s body and the wine in the cup represents His blood. By partaking, we are identifying ourselves as having received Christ as our Savior and Lord and His atonement as our sin covering.
Will you be in obedience and be partaking of the Cup of the New Covenant? Those under the New Covenant and the blood are safe. Who are they? These are those who are waiting for Christ return.
Hebrews 9:15 Therefore He is the mediator of a new covenant, so that those who are called might receive the promise of the eternal inheritance, because a death has taken place for redemption from the transgressions [committed] under the first covenant...27 And just as it is appointed for people to die once-and after this, judgment. 28 so also the Messiah, having been offered once to bear the sins of many, will appear a second time, not to bear sin, but to bring salvation to those who are waiting for Him.
THE BLESSING PROMISED
Hebrews 13:20 Now may the God of peace, who brought up from the dead our Lord Jesus-the great Shepherd of the sheep – with the blood of the everlasting covenant, equip you with all that is good to do His will, working in us what is pleasing in His sight, through Jesus Christ, to whom be glory forever and ever. Amen.