Excerpts from today's RZIM Slice of Infinity:
"from sorrow into gladness and from mourning into a holiday." (Esther 9:22)
"These days of Purim should never cease to be celebrated by the Jews, nor should the memory of them die out among their descendants" (Esther 9:28).
"The blood will be a sign," the LORD declared. "And when I see the blood, I will pass over you. No destructive plague will touch you when I strike the firstborns of Egypt" (Exodus 12:13). From that day onward, celebrating the Passover was nonnegotiable, and with good reason. God had spared his people by the blood of a lamb. From that day onward, the command was passed down from generation to generation: "You shall remember this day as a statute forever" (Exodus 12:17). And so they remembered the Passover each year.
Centuries later, the disciples sat around the table celebrating their third Passover meal with Jesus... he lifted the bread from the table and gave thanks to God. Then Jesus broke the bread, and gave it to them, saying something entirely new: "This is my body given for you; do this in remembrance of me" (Luke 22:19).
A personal perspective on this remembering:
For me, this is an awesome point that is often missed by the emerging crowd that questions the priority of church attendence and members. The communion of the saints and the preaching of the Gospel message are both ordained means of grace that God has given to His people today for this very purpose. Remembering the Truth of Christ.
And, on the other side of the equation, this remembrance is also associated with not only the solemness of reflection on sin and repentence, but in referencing both Esther and the Passover, we are reminded that there is great celebration in the remembrance of our salvation through the sacrifice of our Lord's blood for our sin. Joy! Joy! Joy! and Agape - the love of God the father, son and Holy Spirit working in us what we could never do for ourselves and making us truly New Creations in Him. Praise God!!