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Christ, the Unleavened Bread
3/2 Reading Portions: Exodus 13; Luke 16; Job 31; 2 Corinthians 1
“Unleavened bread shall be eaten for seven days; no leavened bread shall be seen with you, and no leaven shall be seen with you in all your territory.” Exodus 13:7
Leaven is typically depicted in the Bible as a type of sin— because it corrupts the wheat by puffing up the lump and taints the wine by making it sour (fermented, alcoholic). Not only is Jesus the Passover Lamb who takes away the sin of the world (John 1:29), He is also the Unleavened Bread of Life who came down from heaven (John 6:35, 38). Jesus was the only sinless, unleavened Man who ever lived.
Christ’s sinless, unleavened life was imputed unto us when we were saved. In other words, Christ’s righteousness was declared by God to be placed upon our account. By that miracle of salvation, we have been regenerated and are now new creations in Christ Jesus (2 Cor 5:17). Yet, the corruptions of mortal flesh we were born with, still remain— we grow old, we get sick, and we die (1 Cor 15:53). Moreover, we still sin (Rom 7:18-19). Nevertheless, by God’s grace, we grow in faith and sin less and less (2 Cor 3:18; Titus 2:11-14). We’re not passive in this growing faith. By God’s grace, we persevere to live righteously, pleasing to the heavenly Father, because we are commanded to live a holy life before God (1 Pet 1:15-16). How may we accomplish this?
We are told that we “may become partakers of the divine nature” through Christ’s “precious and very great promises” (2 Pet 1:4). As Christ fulfilled the Feast of Unleavened Bread with His sinless, unleavened life, when we feed upon His truth, spiritually speaking, being nourished in who He is and what He has done, we become partakers of His divine nature. By doing so, we will add to our faith virtue, to virtue knowledge, to knowledge self-control, and so on (2 Pet 1:3-8). Hallelujah! What a Savior! Feed daily upon Christ, our Unleavened Bread.
Jesus Christ, the Passover Lamb
And our Unleaven’d Bread;
We’re nourish’d by the great I AM,
On Christ, of whom we’re fed.
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