Knowing the time of his betrayal and death drew near, what did Jesus do? He sat down to have one last meal with his disciples, a Passover meal.
The symbols Jesus used at that meal were common to Passover. This Passover bread was called the Bread of Affliction. Unleavened bread represented the affliction Israel endured as slaves in Egypt and their haste in leaving. Jesus gives this bread a new level of meaning. He would soon be severely afflicted by the breaking of his body to deliver his people from the greater slavery of sin (Matthew 26:26; Romans 8:2).
The late teacher and theologian R.C. Sproul once told about an encounter he had with the holiness of God. He was in college and a recent convert to Christianity. One afternoon, he felt compelled to leave his dorm, brace icy weather, and make his way to the chapel. There he sank to his knees, speechless. Terror overcame him, which gave way to deep peace. Continue reading →
July 20, 2019 marked the fiftieth-year anniversary of the Apollo 11 landing on the Moon. I vaguely remember, as a 13-year-old on July 20, 1969, watching the landing with my family, in a home in Pasadena, Texas. Most of us, however, were unaware that Buzz Aldrin, a Presbyterian elder, became the first person to hold a religious ceremony on the Moon, when he privately took communion. Continue reading →