LHM Lenten Devotion – April 16, 2014 “Come and Eat”

 

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By Reverend Wayne Palmer

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“Come and Eat”

April 16, 2014


Lenten devo cover 2014Read Exodus 24:1-11TEXT: The afflicted shall eat and be satisfied; those who seek Him shall praise the Lord! May your hearts live forever (Psalm 22:26).

Whenever God’s people were in distress in Old Testament times, they would pray for help. When the Lord delivered them they brought a sacrifice called a “peace offering.” In every other offering the whole animal was burnt on the altar. But this sacrifice was unique because the worshipper was given a portion of the sacrifice to eat. This food was God’s pledge and promise He had forgiven the sinner and was now in full fellowship.

Tomorrow night Christians gather to celebrate how God delivered us from the affliction of sin, death, hell and Satan by sacrificing His Son Jesus Christ, the great Passover Lamb. And like the peace offering of old, God gives us some of that precious sacrifice for us to eat and drink in His presence. He shares the very body and blood of Jesus Christ given and shed for our salvation.

When we eat and drink this great Supper, we are forgiven all our sins, delivered from death and hell, and united in fellowship with God our Father and Jesus Christ our victorious King. We are also united together with all God’s children in heaven and on earth: the great assembly in which Jesus our Lord proclaims His Father’s goodness and love.

Even in the midst of our troubles in this life Christ invites us to come into His presence and seek His help and deliverance, and eat the very sacrifice that won God’s mercy and forgiveness.

THE PRAYER: Lord Jesus Christ, no matter what afflictions I face, You are with me. Strengthen me in the company of my Christian brothers and sisters that we may honor You for Your great deliverance. Amen.

 

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