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New Life Through Jesus, the Lamb of God

Yesterday we came to the high point of the Christian year, the celebration of the Lord’s resurrection from the dead. The English word “Easter” comes from an ancient name for the spring equinox, but in French, the word for Easter is “Pâques.” That word comes from the Hebrew name for the Passover, Pesach, from which we get the adjective “paschal.” That makes sense, because Jesus taught that his death and resurrection fulfill the Jewish Passover, represented for us in the Lord’s Supper. The gospels tell us that Jesus gathered his followers to share a Passover meal together before his arrest and crucifixion. John’s Gospel explains that Jesus was killed at the very time of the slaughter of the Passover lambs, which is his way of making the theological point that Jesus is “the Lamb of God who takes away the sins of the world” (John 1:29). Every time we gather at the Lord’s Table, we remember the histo