Tonight, Jews around the world will do as they have for thousands of years in celebrating the Passover. The pascal lamb sacrificed, and its blood painted on the doorposts and lintels, protected them from the angel of death and lead to their deliverance from corporal bondage in the land of Egypt. After Moses told them “The LORD thy God will raise up unto thee a Prophet from the midst of thee, of thy brethren, like unto me; unto him ye shall hearken; “ Deut. 18:15 they assumed that this savior, Messiah, would again deliver them once and for all from worldly powers and oppression.

Tonight Christians around the world will do as they have done for thousands of years, remember the Last Supper and Jesus’ passion in the Garden of Gethsemane. When He had entered Jerusalem on the first day of that week, the masses hoped, even believed, that Jesus was the one of whom Moses had spoken. They expected Him to proclaim Himself king, to gather an army, and to drive out the Romans. Instead, He established a spiritual kingdom, one where its leaders offered their bodies and blood in service rather than ruling in pomp and arrogance. Jesus came in the flesh, and was resurrected as Christ the anointed, to free us once and for all from the power and oppression of the evil in our hearts.

This evening, let us kneel before God and offer up ourselves completely, as Jesus did, to the Father’s will. Tomorrow, let us go to our own crosses to give up our sullied, self-centered lives, to be raised up again with Christ in His life of service and purity.