Thursday, April 21, 2011

Psalm 37.1-7, Exodus 12.1-28, Hebrews 5.1-14 - Lectionary for 4/21/11 - Maundy Thursday, day of Anselm of Canterbury, Theologian

Today is Maundy Thursday. It is also the day of Anselm of Canterbury, Theologian. Today's readings are Psalm 37.1-7, Exodus 12.1-28, and Hebrews 5.1-14.

The focus of today's readings is on the sacrifice for sin. Sin calls for death. Yet God, in his mercy, has appointed others to die on our behalf. In Exodus we see the passover, in which a lamb dies, its blood is placed upon the doorposts, and the people within the house are nourished to live. In Hebrews today we see that Jesus, the high priest of God, gives himself to die in our place, granting salvation forever, not only for a year, as did the passover lamb. Jesus is the priest who makes intercession as well as being the sacrifice offered for our sins.

Dave Spotts
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