The Eye-Opening Covenant
After His resurrection, Jesus caught up with two of His disciples as they walked towards Emmaus. They were discussing all that had been happening in Jerusalem in the last three days and the fact that Jesus, whom they thought was going to redeem Israel, had been crucified. They were discouraged. So, beginning from Moses, Jesus outlined the different revelations about the Messiah and He concluded with the prophecies about His death and resurrection. When they got to Emmaus, they persuaded Him to come into the house and He sat at the table with them. Jesus then took the bread and the moment He broke it, their eyes opened and they recognised the resurrected Christ. Then, He vanished. Jesus had told His disciples when He celebrated the Passover with them that that was the last time He was going to partake in the Passover on this side of eternity. The Passover is a significant event. It marks the end of slavery and the beginning of a new life, a new calendar, a new season and a new move.
When Jesus was buried in baptism in the River Jordan, as He came out of the water, the heavens opened and the Spirit of God descended on Him in the form of a dove. The Communion, through which we celebrate Christ’s crucifixion and resurrection, is truly eye opening. Every time we take the Communion, we are celebrating the death and the resurrection of Christ and we are identifying with Him (Romans 6: 3-4). This death, burial and resurrection is the Bible’s best description of transformation in anyone’s life (John 12:24). The Communion describes the burial of the ordinary version of you and the resurrection of an extraordinary version of you. That extraordinary version of you has access to the secrets of God. Those secrets are the new, life-changing dreams that God has given you this year. When you see the future through God’s eyes, you cannot remain the same; neither will you entertain fear.
The Communion is a symbol of a blood covenant that we cut with God. It makes us one with God and brings us to the dimension where we share in God’s secrets. Abram experienced an outstanding vision that spanned hundreds of years after God instructed him to cut a covenant with Him (Genesis 15: 7-18). When you are in a covenant with God, all that belongs to Him now belongs to you and all that belongs to you now belongs to Him. Abraham proved that all that he possessed belonged to God when he did not hold back Isaac, his only son and was willing to sacrifice him; before God stopped him (Genesis 22). Jesus made a reference to the fact that on the day Abraham was about to sacrifice his only son, God also matched the sacrifice by laying down Christ, His only begotten Son (John 8:56). The ram that showed up in the thicket was a sign of the provision of Jesus. Thousands of years later, Jesus was crucified on Mount Moriah where Abraham was going to sacrifice Isaac. It became impossible for Jesus to come through any other lineage except that of Abraham’s. The good news for us today, as we take the communion, is that we have a better deal than Abraham and David had (2Corinthians 3:18).