April 2, 2013 - Tuesday of the Octave of Easter

Today's Reading: 1 Corinthians 5:6-8

Daily Lectionary: Exodus 15:19-16:12; Hebrews 10:1-18

Christ, our Passover lamb, has been sacrificed. Let us therefore celeb rate the festival, not with the old leaven, the leaven of malice and evil, but with the unleavened bread of sincerity and truth. (1 Corinthians 5:7-8, ESV )

Alleluia! Christ is risen! In the name of Jesus. Christ our Passover Lamb has been sacrificed. But is your life still leavened by the old yeast of your sinful inclinations? Clean out the old leaven, like God' s Old Testament people cleansed their homes of yeast at every Passover.

When your old self, leavened by malice and evil, says, "You should be ticked off at her for what she did to you," your new self occupied by the Passover Lamb can answer, "Why get worked up about that? I' ve done far worse than that to my Lord, and He still forgives me."

Your old self may say, "Look at this world; look at your life. That ought to depress you."

Your new self, your Easter self, can respond, "Maybe it could depress me, but then I remember: I died with Jesus, I rose with Jesus, I will live with Jesus — and all those problems will be gone forever."

"What about your desires?" Old Self asks. "Don' t you want to satisfy your urges for money and sex and getting ahead in the world?"

"Perhaps you don' t understand," New Self responds. "All that stuff of earth isn' t my life any more. The Passover Lamb' s sacrifice has given me something far better — life with Him."

"But you don' t really have life with Him," Old Self chides. "I have proof: your mind keeps wandering back to the ways of this world, and you still fall back into your old ways. In fact, you sin constantly."

"True enough," New Self admits. "I do sin constantly. I hate my failings. I am ashamed when I let that old leaven back in my life. But I will not despair because of my sins. I will repent because of my sins. Because I know the blood of the Lamb who was sacrificed means my sin is atoned for and death will pass over me."

Dear baptized believer, look Satan in the eye and say, "Accuse me all you want, Devil. Your accusations are empty. I have no sin. The Lamb took it from me and paid for it at the cross. That' s why I keep going back to my church that you hate, Devil. Because that Church is where my risen Lord cleanses me of your old leaven. That' s where He wraps me in His forgiveness. That' s where He puts His body and blood into me. That' s where I celebrate the festival with sincerity and truth. That' s where I hear again that Christ our Passover Lamb has been sacrificed. And that Christ is risen!"

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