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Apr 4, 2021

322 Jesus Fulfills the Passover with Easter, A Guided Christian Meditation on Matthew 26:17-21 with the Recenter With Christ app

I'm Chaplain Jared and I work as a hospice chaplain and an ICU chaplain, my purpose in making this podcast is to help you find more peace in your life and to be more open for your heart to be changed by the Spirit of God. By using centuries old form of Christian Meditation named Lectio Divina:

Outline: Relaxation, Reading, Meditation, Prayer, Contemplation and Visualization.

Get into a place where you can sit comfortably and uninterrupted for about 20 minutes.You should hopefully not be driving or anything tensing or unrelaxing. If you feel comfortable to do so, I invite you to close your eyes.

Guided Relaxation / Guided Meditation:

Breathe and direct your thoughts to contacting God. Let your stomach be a balloon inflate, deflate.

Bible verses for Meditation:

1 Corinthians 15

17 On the first day of the Festival of Unleavened Bread, the disciples came to Jesus and asked, “Where do you want us to make preparations for you to eat the Passover?”
18 He replied, “Go into the city to a certain man and tell him, ‘The Teacher says: My appointed time is near. I am going to celebrate the Passover with my disciples at your house.’” 19 So the disciples did as Jesus had directed them and prepared the Passover.
20 When evening came, Jesus was reclining at the table with the Twelve. 21 And while they were eating, he said, “Truly I tell you, one of you will betray me.”

17 Now on the first day of Unleavened Bread the disciples came to Jesus, saying, “Where will you have us prepare for you to eat the Passover?” 18 He said, “Go into the city to a certain man and say to him, ‘The Teacher says, My time is at hand. I will keep the Passover at your house with my disciples.’” 19 And the disciples did as Jesus had directed them, and they prepared the Passover.
20 When it was evening, he reclined at table with the twelve. 21 And as they were eating, he said, “Truly, I say to you, one of you will betray me.”


Meditation on Scripture:

In our current days, many people find themselves wondering why such things are allowed to happen. They find themselves questioning the fairness of what happens through the world. We hear of people who seem to be trying to live God’s ways suffering. We hear the wicked prospering for a time. I have talked to people who are angry with God. Yet after the flury of emotion runs its course, how can humans stand in Judgement of Jehovah who submitted himself to be killed unjustly.

At Easter we remember the sacrifice of Jesus. His death made our eternal life possible. Yet of all the beings that have walked the earth, he deserved suffering the least. Yet he went through it. One may ask why God would choose to redeem his people in such a painful and humiliating way as public torture, yet so it was. Faith is not enough to spare us from all temptation and pain. And this has been set up as a truth from the beginning.

The last week of Jesus’ life was during Passover. It was a time He and His disciples were honoring and celebrating the deliverance of the people of Israel from captivity and even death. Yet even in these preparations, he knew that he would not be passed over. This scripture and others clearly show his foreknowledge. His life would not be spared as it was for the first born in Egypt. He accepted the will of His Father. He accepted betrayal by one of his own.

When we are tempted to judge the world as unfair, or to claim that God has abandoned the faithful, let us remember how it is that our freedom was won. On this easter may we ponder the humbling realization that we deserve the ills that happen to us far more than Christ did His. Jesus fulfilled the Passover. He was the sacrificial lamb to redeem us all as Paul talks about in 1 Cor 5.

Meditation of Prayer:

Pray as directed by the Spirit.

Dedicate these moments to the patient waiting, when you feel ready ask God for understanding you desire from Him.

Meditation of God and His Glory / Hesychasm:

I invite you to sit in silence feeling being patient for your own faults and trials.

Summarize what insights you have gained during this meditation and meditate and visualize positive change in your life:
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Final Question: How are the sting of sin and death related?

Final Thought: Easter is Christ Victory Day. It is the day we remember that Christ overcame all, including sin, and death. May we keep it in our hearts that God offers us redemption and salvation.

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