Kenneth W. Hagin
At the Last Supper, Jesus celebrated one freedom and instituted a new freedom. He celebrated the Passover, remembering Israel’s physical deliverance from the bondage of Egypt. And He introduced what we now call “Communion,” a celebration of our spiritual deliverance from the bondage of sin and death.
Israel was in bondage to Egypt for approximately 400 years. Then God delivered them by His own power through Moses, and that deliverance required the shedding of blood. In Exodus chapter 12, the children of Israel were told to sacrifice a lamb without spot or blemish and to paint their doorposts with the shed blood. When the angel of death passed through the land to kill all the firstborn, it passed over any house covered by blood.
This biblical account is very significant because of its spiritual implications for the future. Israel received a physical deliverance from slavery and bondage to Egypt. Christians receive a spiritual deliverance from slavery and bondage to sin, sickness, and spiritual death. The Israelites’ freedom was purchased by the blood of an innocent lamb. Our freedom is purchased by the blood of the spotless Lamb of God.
Every year since their deliverance from Egypt, the Jewish people have celebrated Passover in remembrance of how they won their physical freedom. It was during His final Passover meal that Jesus instituted the Communion ceremony for us to celebrate in remembrance of how our spiritual freedom was won.
In the United States, we know a quite a bit about physical freedom. We are a nation in which people can worship as they please. We have rights and freedoms that many around the world do not enjoy—freedom of speech, of the press, of religion, and so forth. I thank God for the freedoms we have in this country, and I don’t believe we should ever take our freedoms lightly.
Freedom is so valuable because of the price that is paid to obtain it. Freedom is established by blood. The children of Israel were delivered by the blood of a sacrificial lamb. Our nation’s freedom was purchased by the blood of our soldiers. And our spiritual freedom was purchased by the blood of Jesus Christ, God’s own Son.
There are many people today who consider themselves free, but who are no more free than someone tied to a tree! They are in bondage to sin—and consequently, they are in slavery to sickness and disease and all the curse of the Law (see Deuteronomy 28:15–68). In order to be truly free, we must be set free spiritually by the blood of Jesus.
When I hear songs about our natural freedom, such as “God Bless America” and our national anthem, “The Star-Spangled Banner,” my heart and soul stand at attention. And I am also thrilled beyond words when I hear songs about the precious blood of Jesus, because those songs celebrate my spiritual freedom. (We should celebrate and be thankful for our spiritual freedom even more than our natural freedom.)
If you have not received spiritual freedom by receiving Jesus into your heart and life, I encourage you to do so immediately so that you can celebrate the great joy of knowing true freedom. True freedom means being set free from sin, sickness, and spiritual death. True freedom means enjoying real life and liberty—the God-kind of life and the liberty the Word of God provides (see John 10:10 and John 8:32).
Each one of us should have been required to die for our sins, but Jesus became the Supreme Sacrifice so that we wouldn’t have to pay that awful penalty. And Jesus was the only One who could have paid that great price; He was and is the spotless, sinless, blameless Lamb of God. As Jesus took that final cup and bread and gave it to His disciples, He fully understood what He was doing. His death on the Cross did not take Him by surprise. Jesus willingly laid down His life to save us. Through His substitutionary act on the Cross, we walk free today. As we take time this month to celebrate our natural freedom, let us also be truly grateful for that eternal freedom!
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