April 5, 2020
“What if?” Mercy for the process.
Today Pastor Jim Kubiak and HVWC Builder Annalea Eastley talk about the “What if” seasons–when the “right” answers just aren’t cutting it. Whether or not this message answers your specific concern, we hope you’ll be encouraged to pause, take some deep breaths, and be patient with yourself in your process.
Here are this week’s announcements, and some thoughts for Communion this week.
I want to thank each of you for your faithfulness in giving during this season in which we are not gathering in our building for Sunday worship. Giving exceeded our expectations for the month of March and significantly erased much of the deficit we experienced in January.
We are in the second week of a 21-day stay-at-home order for the state of Idaho so we will be continuing with a Facebook live message for next Sunday, April 12, which is Easter Sunday.
Communion, April 5, 2020
Today is Palm Sunday, the day that Jesus rode into Jerusalem on a donkey for the celebration of Passover. He did this on Lamb Selection Day, the day in which an unblemished, spotless lamb was chosen as a sacrifice for Passover, which was a celebration to remember Israel’s deliverance from their bondage to slavery by the Egyptians.
During their enslavement, God sent Moses to deliver them and there were ten plagues. The last plague was in response to an edict issued by Pharaoh that the first-born sons of the Israelites were to be killed. However, God provided a way of deliverance by instructing them to sacrifice a lamb without defect and to apply the blood of that lamb to the doorframes of their house. When the spirit of death came, it killed all of the first-born people and animals in Egypt but passed over those houses where the blood had been applied.
When Jesus rode into Jerusalem on Lamb Selection Day, it was if God were saying,“Here is my Son, will you choose Him?”. The people did cheer Him as he entered Jerusalem, but they were looking for deliverance from their Roman oppressors. God was sending His Son for their deliverance from their sins.
There have been several prophetic words about an end to the Coronavirus coming around the time of Passover. In the natural, this does not seem possible, but God can bring a supernatural end through the blood of Jesus. The blood of His Passover Lamb is the only thing that has the power to do this. Let’s all apply that blood in this season both through prayer and by partaking in communion, which is the Passover meal of the New Covenant.
Matthew 26:26-28 New International Version (NIV):
26 While they were eating, Jesus took bread, and when he had given thanks, he broke it and gave it to his disciples, saying, “Take and eat; this is my body.”
27 Then he took a cup, and when he had given thanks, he gave it to them, saying, “Drink from it, all of you. 28 This is my blood of the covenant, which is poured out for many for the forgiveness of sins.