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The Great Deliverance

Passover and Memorial “And this day shall be a remembrance for you, and you shall celebrate it as a festival to the LORD through your generations, an everlasting statute you shall celebrate it” (Exodus 12:14, Robert Alter Translation). by Jon Bivol The time had come. The cry of God’s children reached His ears and it was time for a change. It was time for the nation of Israel to be delivered from Egypt’sbondage, slavery, and oppression. This became a reality when God []

Simon the Cyrene

Cross-Bearing “And as they came out, they found a man of Cyrene, Simon by name: him they compelled to bear his cross” (Matthew 27:32). by David Hrechuk This small detail of our Lord’s crucifixion experience — the bearing of Jesus’ cross by Simon the Cyrene — leads to the question, “Why was this event recorded in three of the Gospels?” Here we suggest several lessons that come from meditating on this event. All writers tend to include or exclude facts surrounding their []

Six Trials, One Night

Repeated Injustice “So Pilate gave sentence that it should be as they requested” (Luke 23:24, NKJV, all scriptures from the NASV). by Jeff Mezera Studies and meditations on the Memorial generally focus on the events of the Memorial supper, Jesus’ betrayal, and his crucifixion. But there are things that happened between these events — dramatic scenes packed with suspense — that show how things were stacked against our Lord. In six hours there were six trials, three of them religious and three []

Memorial Issues

A Reverent, Thoughtful Examination “Christ died for our sins, according to the Scriptures” (1 Corinthians 15:3). by Robert Brand The commemoration of the Last Supper in our observance of the annual Memorial celebration has two important symbols: the bread, and the fruit of the vine. Our Lord makes it clear how to interpret those two symbols, in his statement that the bread “is my body” and the fruit of the vine “is my blood”(Matthew 26:26-28). We must be careful not only to []

Unique Meditations

Timely Thoughts “In this was manifested the love of God toward us, because that God sent his only begotten Son into the world” (1 John 4:9). by Brad Bach Memorial season tends to be unique for every consecrated Christian. Unique in the thoughts that are on our mind and unique in what we are appreciating and particularly thankful for, or areas in our walk that we feel need to be corrected and improved upon. We also reflect on important experiencesor trials that []