Sunday, March 18, 2007

The old has passed away

All the readings tied together well today.

On that same day after the Passover,
on which they ate of the produce of the land, the manna ceased.
No longer was there manna for the Israelites,
who that year ate of the yield of the land of Canaan.
That was the end of the wandering. No longer did they have to rely on manna for they had reached the promised land. Considering how this ties to the promised land being a type (as in typos) of heaven and also a type of the era of the Church after Jesus died and rose again.
Whoever is in Christ is a new creation:
the old things have passed away;
behold, new things have come.
So after the death and resurrection, we were no longer wandering and waiting for the Messiah. And since Jesus said he was the living bread sent from heaven and unlike those who ate the manna and died, those who would eat his flesh and drink his blood would have eternal life. So no longer was their a need for the passover or of sacrificial lambs, as they were only types of the Christ. And not that the anti-type had fulfilled them, they were to pass away. And interestingly it was on Passover that the manna stopped.

And for the Gospel, we have the prodigal son. The imagery of the merciful Father accompanies the two sons who in some ways represent Jesus. Jesus is like the one who never left his father and always did as he was asked. Yet like the disobedient son, he became sin ( For our sake he made him to be sin who did not know sin. 2 Cor 5:21) and died (as the son's father thought he had.)

So Jesus shows us after the death of the Son, the merciful Father will welcome repentant sinners back to himself. For those who are in Christ, the old image of the Father being so far removed as to be unapproachable has passed away. We now have a Father that sees us as washed in the blood of Christ.

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