2021 Passover/Palm Sunday sermon: “Cleanse out the old leaven”

“Cleanse out the old leaven that you may be a new lump, as you really are unleavened. For Christ, our Passover lamb, has been sacrificed.”

Dr. Jack Whytock preaching at Alberton PEI Baptist Church March 29th, 2021. Scripture reading begins at the 31:37 mark. Exodus 12: The Passover and the Festival of Unleavened Bread. The sermon begins at the 35:05 mark. The accompanying sermon text is I Cor 5: Be the Unleavened Bread.

Four S’s:

Jesus is a Sacrifice – without blemish, spot or sin.

Jesus is a Substitute – God’s justice passed over those who believed and obeyed.

Jesus speaks of a Supper – The Jewish seder meal had:

a) a cup symbolizing the substitutionary blood;

b) bitter herbs which represented the bitterness of bondage in Egypt (and to sin). “It’s bitter to be a slave to sin but to be liberated from it is a different day”. As the old Puritans said, “Unitil you find sin is bitter for you you will never find Jesus to be sweet for you”.

c) the unleavened bread. Leaven has always been a symbol of the spread of sin. You tell one lie, you will need to tell another, and another… it spreads. Haste! Deliver yourself!

Jesus calls us to a life of Separation. Paul picks up on the symbol of the unleavened bread. “Lord, I lay my life down as a sacred offering to serve you”.

The Passover is in Jesus. But to be under his justifying blood is to seek a new way of living, to continue the life of new beginnings each day. This is what you got in for when you began your new life. Let the Lord continue to make you new, free from the leaven of sin, by the power of the holy Spirit, by the ministry of the Word, and prayer. And you will say, “All for Jesus, all for Jesus”. Tell it to the generations. Remember, God is still just, and he will judge. He is a God of love and mercy. This is the sacrifice of the Saviour. May you know the sweetness or life, the sweetness of salvation, the sweetness of Jesus. Amen.