This year, our church went to the local synagogue to celebrate a Passover Seder. I love learning more about that meal because we celebrate it in shorthand every time we have communion.
While talking with the Rabbi, I learned that the four cups of wine had during the meal are to commemorate the various aspects of redemption and liberation found in Exodus 6:6-7.
‘Therefore, say to the Israelites: â€œI am the Lord, and I will bring you out from under the yoke of the Egyptians. I will free you from being slaves to them, and I will redeem you with an outstretched arm and with mighty acts of judgment. I will take you as my own people, and I will be your God. Then you will know that I am the Lord your God, who brought you out from under the yoke of the Egyptians…”‘ [Exodus 6:6-7 TNIV, emphasis added]
That’s how I want to celebrate communion. Deliverance. Freedom. Redemption. Taking out. Yes!
I’m almost shocked by the “I”‘s in this passage. It’s all God. He initiates the action. He does the action. It’s His outstretched arm doing mighty works on our behalf.
The disciples were looking for freedom and deliverance from the Romans. God was more interested in the ultimate freedom and deliverance–freedom from satan’s rule.
Woohoo! This just makes me want to shout: Hallelujah!
Even if it is Good Friday and not yet Easter.
May this weekend be one of incredible identification with the glorious fullness of God’s freedom.