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In Remembrance of Christ

In Remembrance of Christ

©copyright 2007 Bonita M Quesinberry, R.C.

At Christ’s last Passover meal, He took bread and blessed it, then divided it among His disciples as He said, “This is my body, which is given for you: do this in remembrance of me. He took the cup [of wine] and gave thanks, then gave it to them, saying, “Drink all of it, for this is my blood of the new testament, which is shed for many so they might repent of [past] sins. As often as you take of the bread and wine, do it in remembrance of me.” (Matthew 26:26-28; I Corinthians 11:23-25; Romans 3:23-25)

Sunday, 08 April 2007, corporate Christendom celebrates Easter: a pagan festival to a sun god, a floating holiday determined by one of the sun’s twice annual solstice seasons. They say hey it is to celebrate Christ’s resurrection after His crucifixion: Jesus charged, “You teach man’s commandments and traditions for God.” It is common knowledge Easter is pagan, so they now call it “Resurrection Sunday;” though it hardly removes the stench of false gods and many blasphemous festivals to each one: no matter what it is called.

There is no Bible verse instructing Christ’s sheep to observe heathen rituals in His or God’s name, to say the least. Contrarily and evidenced by the Bible, Jesus instructed observance of Passover in remembrance of His sacrifice for us: just as Jews observe Passover in remembrance of God freeing them from Egypt’s oppression of 400 years.

Prior to Messiah’s arrival, this Jewish ordinance was observed once annually: a two-day ritual held on 30 March and 01 April, or the appropriate dates that fell on a Tuesday and Wednesday. Tuesday began the ceremonies of preparing an unblemished lamb and cooking it, then it was eaten on Wednesday: careful to break no bone in the process. Thursday was the final Passover ceremony: a rejoicing of freedom from bondage.

Jesus changed that to “as often as we desire:” Passover would now be remembrance of His sacrifice and rejoicing of freedom from sin’s bondage. Scripturally, it is evident He did not desire an annual ceremony to celebrate His resurrection: and, neither did the Apostles and disciples celebrate it at the time it occurred or during their many years thereafter. When Jesus was removed from the cross, before sundown Thursday, the rich man Joseph requested and claimed Christ’s body, then placed Him in his tomb after wrapping it in clean linen. The two Mary(s), followers of Jesus, were preparing oils for His body on Friday; but before the task was completed, sunset Friday began Sabbath, preventing this pre-burial practice. Sunday, the third day, they found Jesus gone as prophesied: He arose on the third day.

Christ was arrested following the Passover meal on Wednesday; Thursday He was crucified then placed in a tomb that afternoon: in the grave sundown Thursday to sundown Friday— first day. He remained in the grave Friday sundown to Saturday sundown— second day, the 4th Precept Sabbath— then He arose on Sunday, the third day. Burial preparation had been thwarted; as Jesus taught us, He was never dead and, as He instructed, “Let the [spiritually] dead bury the dead.” He was merely sleeping; thus there was not a “dead Christ” for the “spiritually dead to prepare.” Since His followers were not spiritually dead, their efforts to prepare Him for burial were prevented.

Not only was Passover symbolic of the Jews’ survival of and freedom from Egypt’s bondage, but the ordinance also prophesied part of “better to come:” Christ’s crucifixion, not one bone broken, then His continued life noted by His resurrection, followed by the witnessed account of His ascension to heaven. Passover now symbolizes the same thing for His sheep. Review “Christ’s Birth, Death, and Resurrection” for more scriptural details.

Corporate Christendom— the great whore and her harlot daughters, as it were— have included so many pagan rituals, customs and even icons into God’s Word: the very same things Israel did, which kindled God’s anger against them. God and Jesus as well as His Apostles, told us not to do the things Israel had done: IF we want life eternal. Israel is our example from God of what pleases Him and what causes His wrath.

How many ways can it be said, “Do nothing more and nothing less than exactly what God and Christ instructed and sanctified,” before the majority finally have a light-bulb moment? Yet, every time this particular subject is brought up, professing Christians adamantly declare, “It does not matter, because we do it for the Lord and He knows our hearts!” Indeed, God recognizes rebellious hearts; for it DOES matter— “You will die for your lack of obedience”— and as long as people continue to include rituals and traditions and days that God did not write with His own hand and sanctified by His own words, and as Jesus, together with His Apostles, lived and taught, then those same people, “who appear godly but lack God’s power,” are writing their own eternal death sentences.

The year 2007 calendar reflected Passover as Tuesday, 03 April. Did anyone think to observe this vitally important ordinance? Or, was it thought, “That’s for Jews only, not us Christians.” Such thoughts cause one to err greatly; for our Lord and Saviour Jesus established the same Jewish ordinance for His sheep: Jew and Gentile alike. After all, if we follow in Jesus’ footsteps and obey His Father, as He instructed, then we became Jews by adoption. Nevertheless, it is a matter of doing ONLY what God and Christ ordain.

Heed the warnings and change to God’s ways, forsaking “man’s commandments and traditions;” for the day fast approaches when it will be too late for atonement: Christ soon will be in the clouds taking up those who have repented. To those who fail to comply, God says they will “know perfectly why they are left behind dead.”

Those taken up endured persecution for Jesus’ sake, instead of following after Satan’s huge herd of goats: it seems easier to conform to the majority than to stand with a persecuted minority. All taken up to meet Christ in the air are a minority, small flocks of sheep who rejoice in persecutions; for those things reveal God’s seal upon them.

Do you want to rejoice in persecutions, thereby assured of a heavenly destination? Love God and Christ and your fellow mankind with “a perfect love;” have the “faith of Christ” in the face of death, and “obey our Father’s Law.” HEED THE WARNINGS!

~~ end Sabbath Lesson of 04/07/07

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