Christ Our Passover, Stephen Charnock, hard cover

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''For Christ our Passover is sacrificed for us'' (1 Corinthians 5:7)

Just as the celebration of the Passover was a solemn affair, so should be our celebration of the Lord’s Supper. Just as they were to purge out all leaven before they partook, so must the recipients of the blessings of Christ’s sacrifice purge out all worldly thoughts before we come to the communion service.

For Christ is our Passover. As such He is called the Lamb of God. As a lamb he portrays His innocence and meekness, yet He also is seen as sufficient to take away the guilt and sin of His people. His portrayal as the Passover is designed to keep up the knowledge of original sin in all. It is to support the reality of the type, that He is the promised  Redeemer. He is a sacrifice in the stead of us, who deserve the death.
We must remember the voluntariness of His death. He loved us, and complete satisfaction was made and complete release of the guilt of His people was purchased. It was by agreement, a covenant between the Father and Christ, else there would have been no ransom for corrupt souls. It was an infinite sacrifice for the sins of finite beings. It’s value is incalculable.

''Ought not Christ to have suffered these things, and to enter into His glory ?'' Yes, His death was necessary. He was delivered by the fore-determined counsel and foreknowledge of God. And it was just as necessary that He be exalted, and to enter into His glory. As God-man He was due his own glory, as Mediator, as Creator, etc.

The Lord’s Supper is a recognition of, and a celebration of, Christ’s death: ''This do in remembrance of Me.'' By it you solemnly proclaim His death until He shall come. It is particular, restricted to redeemed persons, and it is specified that unworthy person must not participate.
It is an act of obedience. ''If you love Me, you will keep My commandments.'' Obedience, to be such, must be positive and freely given. We must look to the frame of our hearts, lest we commit an act of hypocrisy. Reluctant obedience is not obedience at all. Further, this obedience should be affectionate, an act of love toward the Master.

A true Christian should be like a seraphim, having six wings to fly on God’s errands. Obey as a whole person to whatever is commanded.

Charnock (1628-1680) was a Puritan minister. His preaching was very popular. After serving as chaplain to Cromwell’s son, he was forced to retire from 1660 to 1675, then he was joint-pastor with Thomas Watson. He belonged to the church of Thomas Goodwin. His works total 5 volumes, His most famous work, of course, is The Existence and Attributes of God, one of the Fifty Greatest Classics Series. 304 pages

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