Ginrich's Devotional Blog

March 27, 2013

Leven

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Luke 22:8. Jesus sent Peter and John, saying, “Go and prepare the Passover for us to eat.” 

We hosted a Seder or Passover meal in a large church.  People signed up for dishes to cook with furnished recipes.  The also had to sign up for specific chores.  Part of the Jewish preparation was to thoroughly clean their houses while they made sure there was nothing with leven in the house.  Leven, or yeast, makes everything it’s in grow.  The church had never been so clean as people cleaned closets, cabinets, drawers and scrubbed floors.  Sin is a leavening agent in our lives.  This is a good time to ask God’s Holy Spirit to reveal to us areas where we have allowed the leven of sin to enter and affect our thinking and actions.  It only takes a little leven to make a loaf of bread rise.  It only takes one little wrong thought I us to tarnish the image of our Lord reflecting in us.  Our question is will we open our minds up to what God would reveal to us?

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March 23, 2013

Preparation

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John 11:56. Thus they were looking for Jesus, and saying to one another as they stood in the temple courts, “What do you think? That he wont come to the feast?”

Today is the day before Palm Sunday.  In the past I prepared by obtaining palm branches for our church to wave in celebration.  We don’t have access to them here.  But we still can wave our hands and rejoice.  On the day before our Lord’s triumphal entry into Jerusalem the people were all talking about Him.  They wondered if he would come.  They were sure He was the one who would save them com the tyranny of the Romans.  They wanted to crown Him their king instead of Caesar.  This added to the excitement of the Jewish people coming together to their temple in Jerusalem to celebrate the Passover, the celebration of their freedom from the Egyptians.  What better time to be free from the Romans than on this anniversary of their Egyptian freedom.  We have the opportunity of celebrating freedom from the sentence of death for our sins.  Our preparation for tomorrow should include a time of confessing our sins of commission and omission.  Our question is are we willing to admit our sinful actions, attitudes and inactions?  Let us prepare to rejoice tomorrow with free and clean hearts.

April 5, 2012

Preparation

Luke 22:8 Jesus sent Peter and John, saying, “Go and make preparations for us to eat the Passover (The Holy Bible, New International Version)

Jesus sent Peter and John to prepare for the Passover celebration. They were unaware this would be their last meal with Jesus. They were unaware He would be taken away by one of their own and scourged and nailed to the cross. They got caught up in the celebration and could not see the signs of increasing aggression. Their minds were still filled with the celebration of the triumphal entry into Jerusalem. Our minds, too, are filled with many things. As we look toward tomorrow (what we call Good Friday) we are thinking of shopping for new Easter outfits, eggs and candy. Some are busy preparing for guests. Not many churches have a service on Thursday to prepare for Friday. Not many churches have services on Good Friday. Even few people attend. We are too busy doing things that will quickly be forgotten. Our question is are we searching our hearts and lives for the things that separate us from God? Are we allowing ourselves to realize what He did for us? Are we admitting we did not, do not and never will deserve such love and grace and mercy? Let us take time today to realize who we really are without God’s Holy Spirit in us. Let us prepare today for confession tomorrow and a determination to turn our backs on our carnal attitudes and get our priorities, God’s priorities, in order in our hearts, minds and lives.

April 20, 2011

Preparation for Passover

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Mk 14:15 He will show you a large upper room, furnished and ready. Make preparations for us there.”

Jesus instructed His disciples to go and prepare the Seder, the Passover Feast.  Notice He told them where to go and that it was furnished and ready.  That means at some point and time Jesus had already made arrangements.  Jesus knew this would be the last supper they would have together.  He knew Judas would betray Him.  He knew the cross was close to come.  Jesus instructed His disciples and all of us who follow to drink the cup and eat the bread as often as we come together in remembering Him and what He did for us.  Many of our churches celebrate a Thursday night service before Good Friday where we celebrate this “Last Supper” or “communion”.  We celebrate it many times during the year but, on this night, the cost to Jesus is closer to mind.  As we celebrate it we should keep in mind Jesus prepared for it ahead of time.  We also need to prepare ourselves ahead of time.  We should already have made things right with anyone we’ve hurt, whether intentional or not.  We should already have confessed our sins, sought God’s forgiveness and forgiven ourselves as well as those who might have hurt us.  We need to learn to come to celebrate communion with clean hearts and open spirits.  May we each be ready.  This “Last Supper” is a preparation for the banquet we are invited to when we graduate to heaven.

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