Ginrich's Devotional Blog

March 30, 2019

As He Served

Filed under: Jesus,Lord,seder,service,Uncategorized — by ginrich @ 7:59 pm

John 13:15 15 I have set you an example that you should do as I have done for you. (NIV)

Jesus was the honored guest at the Passover Seder dinner yet He took off His robe, tied a towel around Himself and did the roll of a servant by washing the feet of the disciples.  Though He was the One Who should have been served, He did the lowliest of servings.  Then He said we are to do the same as He did.  No job is too lowly, too beneath us or too dirty for us to do.  We tried to teach of children when you see a piece of trash on the ground or floor, it doesn’t matter that you weren’t the one who dropped it there, you see it, you pick it up and dispense of it the right way.  How much more beautiful our road sides would be if we all applied that task to ourselves.  It’s the same with all other jobs.  We falsely think we are to be served by others.  We think it’s their job.  Many times we don’t even thank those who serve us.  Afterall, they get paid to do so.  Jesus, the King of All, the Son of God, the One we should serve, served us to the ultimate.  He gave His life for us.  Let us cultivate a servant’s heart in ourselves.  Let us watch and follow through where we can be of service, regardless of how inconvenient we may deem it to be.  Let us also be sure to thank those who serve us, regardless of how much they might be paid to do so.  Let us follow the example of our Lord.

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March 20, 2018

Seder

Matthew 26:26-28 26 And as they were eating, Jesus took bread, and blessed it, and brake it, and gave it to the disciples, and said, Take, eat; this is my body. 27 And he took the cup, and gave thanks, and gave it to them, saying, Drink ye all of it; 28 For this is my blood of the new testament, which is shed for many for the remission of sins (NIV)

Last Sunday night I spoke on the Seder, the Passover celebration and the symbolism of it fulfilled by Jesus.  I strongly urge you to do some research on it yourself and, if at all possible, attend a Christian celebration of the Seder.  There is not space in this devotional to go into the details.  I will just hit the portion the writer quoted Jesus.

In the Seder there are 4 cups of wine.  There are also 3 Matza (unleavened bread).  The Matza in the middle is broken in 2 and wrapped in white linen and hidden.  More on this later.  The first cup of wine represents the sanctification and freedom of the Hebrews from the Egyptian slavery.  For us it represents our sanctification and freedom from sin by the shed blood of Jesus on the cross.  The second cup represents the deliverance and is celebrated in jo of God’s deliverance from slavery.  We celebrate our deliverance from the bondage of sin.  The 3rd cup is the cup of redemption.  This is the cup Jesus raised and said represents His blood shed for us.  No one drinks this cup right away.  At the beginning of the celebration an empty place was set at the table for the Prophet, Elijah (Malachi 4:5)  At this time a child opens the door for Elijah and the hidden Matza is unwrapped and eaten.  This is when Jesus said this is His body.  The Matza had been wrapped in with linen as was the body of Jesus.  It was broken as was Jesus which was broken by the scourging.  It was in the middle of 3 as Jesus was in the tomb for 3 days.  After they ate the Matza they drank the 3rd cup.  The 4th cup is the cup of thanksgiving and hope.  We are thankful for the death, resurrection and ascension of Jesus and the giving to us of the Holy Spirit and have our hope in the glory of the presence of God.  When we take the elements of what we all the communion, let us reflect on the cost to the Father and the Son and come with clean, confessed hearts asking for a fresh infilling of His Holy Spirit and the strength and courage Jesus showed through the trial and crucifixion for our salvation.

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