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The Lord's Family Fellowship

     Prior to Passover and Easter, Jon began a series of sermons to help our church members prepare their hearts for the taking of communion. The following were transcribed from his sermons. Since I do not know shorthand, it was impossible for me to take down every word that he said, and for that I am very sorry because all of what he has said has been excellent, but those that I was able to get have been faithfully written. Each of his sermons lasted from one to two hours. However, I have broken them down into days to make it easier for you to teach to your children. It is Jon’s desire that these be used by fathers to teach their families the importance of Christ as our Passover Lamb. This series has encompassed several months of teachings, so we will send it to you in parts to make it more manageable for you to receive in your email box. May God enable you to faithfully teach God’s Word to your children every day and may these teachings enrich your children’s understanding and appreciation of our magnificent Father.  

DAY ONE     

     A.     In Genesis 6:5 we read, “Then the LORD saw that the wickedness of man was great on the earth, and that every intent of the thoughts of his heart was only evil continually.” Not that it was evil sometimes, but continually. Years ago, when I read this verse, I thought that it did not apply to me—it applied to all those unsaved men out there. Before I was a Christian, on my way to hell, I thought I was a good man. I opened doors for ladies, helped the elderly… I thought that I was a pretty decent guy, especially when I looked at the other construction workers alongside me. But the truth of the matter was that I was not only crummy, I was a derelict—a very wicked man. I, too, thought of myself all the time. “I will do this…I, I, I,” but God desires that our thoughts be continually on Him. This seems impossible, but it should be our desire that we are in continual communion and prayer with Him, for anything apart from God is sin. And, children, remember that you cannot serve God and be disobedient to parents.       

     B.     Jesus Christ’s words, “In remembrance of Me,” place all God’s Word in a nutshell, for all of scripture points to Jesus Christ. Since we are prone to forget God’s sovereignty, mercy and grace, God commands us to remember and tell of His grace towards our unclean, unbelieving, unworthy selves, that we may be ever thankful for God’s magnificent mercy and goodness. So just as God commanded Hebrew fathers to teach their children the great significance of Passover, so we, too, must teach our children the marvelous finished work of Christ in the redemption of our souls: Christ as our Passover Lamb in the Lord’s Supper in that Christ redeemed us from the curse of the Law and God’s wrath by dying in our place.                                                                                               

          1.     Psalm 103:2 “Bless the LORD, O my soul, and forget none of His benefits.”

          2.     Psalm 106:13,21,22 “They quickly forgot His works…They forgot God their Savior, who had done great things in Egypt, wonders in the land of Ham, and awesome things by the Red Sea.”

          3.     Psalm 78:11-13 “They forgot His deeds and His miracles that He had shown them. He wrought wonders before their fathers in the land of Egypt, in the field of Zoan. He divided the sea, and caused them to pass through, and He made the waters stand up like a heap.”

          4.     Exodus 14:16 “…and the sons of Israel shall go through the midst of the sea on dry land.”

                  a.      They had forgotten all that God had done. “Oh, let us go back to Egypt,” they cried. They grumbled, they complained. This is a terribly pathetic story of mankind. Are we any better? If there is a little bump in the road, we start complaining. God gave them bread from heaven, water from a rock. He parted the Red Sea. And it doesn’t say that they walked on muddy ground but went out on dry ground. He prepares the way for us, His children. He takes care of us. And yes, this includes chastisement for our own good. Children, when is the last time you thanked your Dad and Mom for their chastisement? It is much easier for parents to let things go, but we know the seriousness and danger of that. Have you ever seen a wild dog? When called, it goes the other direction. When I was a child, my father plowed our fields with horses. Can you imagine what it would be like to try to plow a field with a horse that would not obey your commands? It would be like a family that wasn’t working together. The parents are trying to get their family ready for church, but some of the children are saying that they are not going today, or what if some of the children continue to play instead of dressing for church. Well, that is what happens to God every day with us wanting to go our own way. If we cannot obey parents who we see and hear, we cannot obey God who we cannot physically see. God has given each of us to our parents. God placed us in families, and that is where our strength lies—working together as a family like a team of horses pulling together in the same direction.

        5.     Exodus 12:14 “Now this day will be a memorial to you, and you shall celebrate it as a feast to the LORD; throughout your generations you are to celebrate it as a permanent ordinance.”       

        6.     Exodus 12:26,27 “And when your children say to you, ‘What does this rite mean to you?’ you shall say, ‘It is a Passover sacrifice to the LORD who passed over the houses of the sons of Israel in Egypt when He smote the Egyptians, but spared our homes.’ And the people bowed low and worshiped.”

                a.      Do we bow low before God? Do we truly understand how we should worship our God?

        7.     Exodus 13:9,10 “And it shall serve as a sign to you on your hand, and as a reminder on your forehead, that the law of the LORD may be in your mouth; for with a powerful hand the LORD brought you out of Egypt. Therefore, you shall keep this ordinance at its appointed time year to year.”       

       8.      Deuteronomy 6:1,2,5,7,8 “Now this is the commandment, the statutes and the judgments which the LORD your God has commanded me to teach you, that you might do them in the land where you are going over to possess it, so that you and your son and your grandson might fear the LORD your God, to keep all His statutes and His commandments which I command you, all the days of your life, and that your days may be prolonged…You shall love the LORD your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your might…You shall teach them diligently to your sons and shall talk of them when you sit in your house and when you walk by the way and when you lie down and when you rise up. You shall bind them as a sign on your hand and they shall be as frontals on your forehead.”

                 a.      Who? You, your sons, and your grandsons! How will they know if we do not teach our children and our children’s children? I pray all the time that I live long enough to teach my children’s children. So we keep God’s commandments that we may teach them. We do not ignore the law because Christ redeemed us from the law. We must have a proper fear and understanding of God’s honor and teach that to our children. Our God is not like other idols. He will not be mocked. So how are we to worship Him?

                 1.             Hebrews 12:28,29 “Therefore, since we receive a kingdom which cannot be shaken, let us show gratitude, by which we may offer to God an acceptable service with reverence and awe; for our God is a consuming fire.”

                 b.      So we are to teach our children when? When we sit in our houses, when we walk by the way, when we lie down and when we rise up. Are you sharing the Living God and what He is doing in your life?

        9.     Genesis 18:19 “For I have chosen him in order that he may command his children and his household after him to keep the way of the LORD by doing righteousness and justice, in order that the LORD may bring upon Abraham what He has spoken about him.”        

       10.   Ephesians 6:4 “And, fathers, do not provoke your children to anger, but bring them up in the discipline and instruction of the Lord.”         

               a.      The King James Version says nurture, which means to nourish. Discipline includes instruction; rules; subjection to laws and rules, and order; correction; chastisement; and punishment. Loving our children requires instruction, correction, and punishment.        

       11.   Luke 22:19 “And when He had taken some bread and given thanks, He broke it and gave it to them, saying, ‘This is My body which is given for you; do this in remembrance of me.’”                                                                           

     C.     Before we can adequately teach our children the great significance of God’s merciful grace in sending His Son as the necessary sacrifice for our sins, we must first go back and reflect upon several important truths: the requirement of the shedding of blood for the atonement of sin, the covenant God made with Abraham, the offering of Isaac, and the providence of God in “providing for Himself the lamb,” which pointed to God’s providence in providing His Son for Himself as the final sacrifice for our sins. Even from the very beginning, God taught His people the only means of forgiveness for their sins and estrangement from God was through the shedding of innocent blood, thus pointing their eyes toward the coming of their Messiah who would once and for all atone for their sins by the cleansing power of His blood.         

             1.     Genesis 3:21 “The LORD God made garments of skin for Adam and his wife, and clothed them.”        

             2.     Genesis 4:4 “Abel, on his part also brought of the firstlings of his flock and of their fat portions and the LORD had regard for Abel and for his offering.”        

             3.     Hebrews 11:4 “By faith Abel offered to God a better sacrifice than Cain, through which he obtained the testimony that he was righteous…”        

             4.     Genesis 8:20,21 “Then Noah built an altar to the LORD, and took of every clean animal and of every clean bird and offered burnt offerings on the altar. The LORD smelled the soothing aroma; and the LORD said to Himself, ‘I will never again curse the ground on account of man, for the intent of man’s heart is evil from his youth; and I will never again destroy every living thing, as I have done.’”         

             5.     Genesis 17:1-11 “Now when Abram was ninety-nine years old, the LORD appeared to Abram and said to him, ‘I am God Almighty; walk before Me, and be blameless. I will establish My covenant between Me and you, and I will multiply you exceedingly…As for Me, behold, My covenant is with you, and you will be the father of a multitude of nations. No longer shall your name be called Abram, but your name shall be Abraham; for I have made you the father of a multitude of nations. I will make you exceedingly fruitful, and I will make nations of you, and kings will come forth from you. I will establish My covenant between Me and you and your descendants after you throughout their generations for an everlasting covenant, to be God to you and to your descendants after you. I will give to you and to your descendants after you, the land of your sojournings, all the land of Canaan, for an everlasting possession; and I will be their God.’ God said further to Abraham, ‘Now as for you, you shall keep My covenant, you and your descendants after you throughout their generations. This is My covenant, which you shall keep, between Me and you and your descendants after you: every male among you shall be circumcised. And you shall be circumcised in the flesh of your foreskin, and it shall be the sign of the covenant between Me and you.’”    

                       a.      This is to give us an understanding of what is and what is to come. Some say, “Oh, that’s the Old Testament. I’m a Christian.” Well, let me tell you that the New Testament Christians were Old Testament people who quoted the Old Testament.         

             6.     Genesis 22:2,6-8,13,14 “He said, ‘Take now your son, your only son, whom you love, Isaac, and go to the land of Moriah, and offer him there as a burnt offering on one of the mountains of which I will tell you’…Abraham took the wood of the burnt offering and laid it on Isaac his son, and he took in his hand the fire and the knife. So the two of them walked on together. Isaac spoke to Abraham his father and said, ‘My father!’ And he said, ‘Here I am, my son.’ And he said, ‘Behold, the fire and the wood, but where is the lamb for the burnt offering?’ Abraham said, ‘God will provide for Himself the lamb for the burnt offering, my son.’ So the two of them walked on together…Then Abraham raised his eyes and looked, and behold, behind him a ram caught in the thicket by his horns; and Abraham went and took the ram and offered him up for a burnt offering in the place of his son. Abraham called the name of that place The LORD Will Provide, as it is said to this day, ‘In the mount of the LORD it will be provided.’”

                       a.      Can’t you imagine the burden on Abraham? How he had prayed so long for a son, and then finally when he was 100, he received a son. Cannot you imagine how much he loved this son, his only son? We do not know how Abraham thought, but we know how he acted. He willingly complied! Emotions are not what should carry us through our walk with God. Our duty, our understanding of righteousness, and our obedience should carry us through. Abraham did not follow his emotions and shirk his duty. He did not argue with God. Nor did Isaac take his emotions and fight his father. Remember, children, how old Isaac was. He wasn’t a child anymore, was he? He was a man now, yet he willingly complied with his father’s wishes. Children, do you willingly comply with all your parents ask of you? Do you respect and honor your parents as you should? Do you answer your parents immediately? I was so disobedient early in my life. What a blessing that you have parents that desire for you to be like Isaac! Children, strive to be obedient over your selfish desires. What we see is that our emotions often get in the way of our obedience. Let us look back at our life and how God has worked in our life that we may realize with confidence that God will provide.

                       b.      Mark carefully the words, “God will provide for Himself the lamb for the burnt offering.” This most assuredly points to Christ! God provides for Himself the only sacrifice truly acceptable for taking away all unrighteousness.

                       c.      I know that there are times when God has spoken to me, and I did not listen. Don’t get me wrong; if you hear something contrary to scripture, it is from Satan. The Holy Spirit never contradicts His Word. But we must always look to our Father for direction in all that we do. Children, look to your parents at all times and incline your ears to hear what they have to say to you.         

             7.     Exodus 24:8 “So Moses took the blood and sprinkled it on the people, and said, ‘Behold the blood of the covenant, which the LORD has made with you in accordance with all these words.’”        

             8.     Leviticus 17:11 “For the life of the flesh is in the blood, and I have given it to you on the altar to make atonement for your souls; for it is the blood by reason of the life that makes atonement.”

    a.      Atonement means “agreement; reconciliation, after enmity…Expiation; satisfaction… made by giving an equivalent for an injury, or by doing or suffering that which is received in satisfaction for an offense or injury…In theology, the expiation of sin made by the obedience and personal sufferings of Christ.”

             9.     Luke 22:20 “And in the same way He took the cup after they had eaten, saying, ‘This cup which is poured out for you is the new covenant in My blood.’”    a.      Covenant means “A mutual consent or agreement of two or more persons, to do or to forbear some act or thing; a contract…In theology, the covenant of works, is that implied in the commands, prohibitions, and promises of God; the promise of God to man, that man’s perfect obedience should entitle him to happiness. This do, and live; that do, and die. The covenant of redemption is the mutual agreement between the Father and Son, respecting the redemption of sinners by Christ. The covenant of grace is that by which God engages to bestow salvation on man, upon the condition that man shall believe in Christ and yield obedience to the terms of the gospel.”        

             10.     Matthew 26:28 “For this is My blood of the covenant, which is poured out for many for forgiveness of sins.”        

             11.     1 John 1:7 “But if we walk in the light as He Himself is in the Light, we have fellowship with one another, and the blood of Jesus His Son cleanses us from all sin.”       

     D.     Christ our Passover Lamb.        

              1.     Hebrews 9 “Now even the first covenant had regulations of divine worship and the earthly sanctuary. For there was a tabernacle prepared, the outer one, in which were the lampstand and the table and the sacred bread; this is called the holy place. Behind the second veil there was a tabernacle which is called the Holy of Holies, having a golden altar of incense and the ark of the covenant covered on all sides with gold, in which was a golden jar holding the manna, and Aaron’s rod which budded, and the tables of the covenant; and above it were the cherubim of glory overshadowing the mercy seat; but of these things we cannot now speak in detail. Now when these things have been so prepared, the priests are continually entering the outer tabernacle performing the divine worship, but into the second, only the high priest enters once a year, not without taking blood, which he offers for himself and for the sins of the people committed in ignorance. The Holy Spirit is signifying this, that the way into the holy place has not yet been disclosed while the outer tabernacle is still standing, which is a symbol for the present time. Accordingly both gifts and sacrifices are offered which cannot make the worshiper perfect in conscience, since they relate only to food and drink and various washings, regulations for the body imposed until a time of reformation. But when Christ appeared as a high priest of the good things to come, He entered through the greater and more perfect tabernacle, not made with hands, that is to say, not of this creation; and not through the blood of goats and calves, but through His own blood, He entered the holy place once for all, having obtained eternal redemption. For if the blood of goats and bulls and the ashes of a heifer sprinkling those who have been defiled sanctify for the cleansing of the flesh, how much more will the blood of Christ, who through the eternal Spirit offered Himself without blemish to God, cleanse your conscience from dead works to serve the living God? For this reason He is the mediator of a new covenant, so that, since a death has taken place for the redemption of the transgressions that were committed under the first covenant, those who have been called may receive the promise of the eternal inheritance. For where a covenant is, there must of necessity be the death of the one who made it. For a covenant is valid only when men are dead, for it is never in force while the one who made it lives. Therefore even the first covenant was not inaugurated without blood. For when every commandment had been spoken by Moses to all the people according to the Law, he took the blood of the calves and the goats, with water and scarlet wool and hyssop, and sprinkled both the book itself and all the people, saying, ‘This is the blood of the covenant which God commanded you.’ And in the same way he sprinkled both the tabernacle and all the vessels of the ministry with the blood. And according to the Law, one may almost say, all things are cleansed with blood, and without shedding of blood there is no forgiveness. Therefore it was necessary for the copies of the things in the heavens to be cleansed with these, but the heavenly things themselves with better sacrifices than these. For Christ did not enter a holy place made with hands, a mere copy of the true one, but into heaven itself, now to appear in the presence of God for us; nor was it that He would offer Himself often, as the high priest enters the holy place year by year with blood that is not his own. Otherwise, He would have needed to suffer often since the foundation of the world; but now once at the consummation of the ages He has been manifested to put away sin by the sacrifice of Himself. And inasmuch as it is appointed for men to die once and after this comes judgment, so Christ also, having been offered once to bear the sins of many, will appear a second time for salvation without reference to sin, to those who eagerly await Him.”        

              2.     Hebrews 10:1-25 “For the Law, since it has only a shadow of the good things to come and not the very form of things, can never, by the same sacrifices which they offer continually year by year, make perfect those who draw near. Otherwise, would they not have ceased to be offered, because the worshipers, having once been cleansed, would no longer have had consciousness of sins? But in those sacrifices there is a reminder of sins year by year. For it is impossible for the blood of bulls and goats to take away sins. Therefore, when He comes into the world, He says, ‘Sacrifice and offering You have not desired, but a body You have prepared for Me; in whole burnt offerings and sacrifices for sin You have taken no pleasure. Then I said, “Behold, I have come (in the scroll of the book it is written of Me) to do Your will, O God.”’ After saying above, ‘Sacrifices and offerings and whole burnt offerings and sacrifices for sin You have not desired, nor have You taken pleasure in them’ (which are offered according to the Law), then He said, ‘Behold, I have come to do Your will.’ He takes away the first in order to establish the second. By this will we have been sanctified through the offering of the body of Jesus Christ once for all. Every priest stands daily ministering and offering time after time the same sacrifices, which can never take away sins; but He, having offered one sacrifice for sins for all time, sat down at the right hand of God, waiting from that time onward until His enemies be made a footstool for His feet. For by one offering He has perfected for all time those who are sanctified. And the Holy Spirit also testifies to us; for after saying, ‘This is the covenant that I will make with them after those days, says the Lord: I will put My laws upon their heart, and on their mind I will write them,’ He then says, ‘And their sins and their lawless deeds I will remember no more.’ Now where there is forgiveness of these things, there is no longer any offering for sin. Therefore, brethren, since we have confidence to enter the holy place by the blood of Jesus, by a new and living way which He inaugurated for us through the veil, that is, His flesh, and since we have a great priest over the house of God, let us draw near with a sincere heart in full assurance of faith, having our hearts sprinkled clean from an evil conscience and our bodies washed with pure water. Let us hold fast the confession of our hope without wavering, for He who promised is faithful; and let us consider how to stimulate one another to love and good deeds, not forsaking our own assembling together, as is the habit of some, but encouraging one another; and all the more as you see the day drawing near.”      

              3.     Psalm 32:1,2 “How blessed is he whose transgression is forgiven, whose sin is covered! How blessed is the man to whom the LORD does not impute iniquity, and in whose spirit there is no deceit!”           

              4.         Revelation 1:5,6 “…Jesus Christ, the faithful witness, the firstborn of the dead, and the ruler of the kings of the earth. To Him who loves us and released us from our sins by His blood—and He has made us to be a kingdom, priests to His God and Father—to Him be the glory and the dominion forever and ever. Amen.”