Greg Bath traces the parallels between the ancient Israelites’ celebration of the Passover and the Christian practice of the Lord’s Supper. It’s a straightforward look at core Christian beliefs about the incarnation of Christ, His atoning sacrifice, and the importance of observing the Lord’s Supper with reverence.
How can we faithfully examine our hearts and lives without giving in to despair at the sin we still find there? If you struggle to answer this question, spend some time in in the book of Romans 7. Salvation is found in Christ’s sacrifice alone. We can acknowledge our sin, look to Him for forgiveness, and rest in His faithfulness to do just that:
For I know that nothing good dwells in me, that is, in my flesh; for the willing is present in me, but the doing of the good is not. For the good that I want, I do not do, but I practice the very evil that I do not want. But if I am doing the very thing I do not want, I am no longer the one doing it, but sin which dwells in me. I find then the principle that evil is present in me, the one who wants to do good. For I joyfully concur with the law of God in the inner man, but I see a different law in the members of my body, waging war against the law of my mind and making me a prisoner of the law of sin which is in my members. Wretched man that I am! Who will set me free from the body of this death? Thanks be to God through Jesus Christ our Lord! So then, on the one hand I myself with my mind am serving the law of God, but on the other, with my flesh the law of sin. Therefore there is now no condemnation for those who are in Christ Jesus. For the law of the Spirit of life in Christ Jesus has set you free from the law of sin and of death. For what the Law could not do, weak as it was through the flesh, God did: sending His own Son in the likeness of sinful flesh and as an offering for sin, He condemned sin in the flesh, so that the requirement of the Law might be fulfilled in us, who do not walk according to the flesh but according to the Spirit.”Romans 7:18–8:4, NASB