Luke 22:19 AMPAnd when He had taken bread and given thanks, He broke it and gave it to them, saying, “This is My body which is given for you; do this in remembrance of Me.”

The Lord Jesus had celebrated about three Passovers upon coming to public ministry. However, the last one was so special to Him, and for us—to whom He would lay down His life as the sacrificial Lamb (Exo 12:1-5). Jesus told the disciples, “I have earnestly wanted to eat this Passover with you before I suffer” (Luk 22:15 AMP). By the Holy Spirit, the prophet Isaiah saw Christ’s suffering way before it happened and said, “He was despised and rejected by men, a man of sorrows and acquainted with grief…Surely he has borne our griefs and carried our sorrows…he was pierced for our transgressions; he was crushed for our iniquities; upon him was the chastisement that brought us peace, and with his wounds we are healed” (Isa 53:3-5 ESV).

While the LORD had instructed all Israel to find a lamb for sacrifice during the very first Passover, He decided to provide the Lamb for the real fulfillment of Passover, Himself. In so doing, God would not spare any good thing from us because His Best had been given for us in the first place (Rom 8:32). Hallelujah! In Isaiah’s prophetic utterance, he saw the lifting of our griefs and sorrows, the forgiveness of our sins, peace with God and within ourselves, and the healing of our bodies as part of the redemption package by Christ Jesus. Notice, while Jesus was yet to be physically crucified from Isaiah’s time of prophecy, he (Isaiah) spoke as if it had already happened.

In the same way, the blessings of redemption were also given clearance in the mind of God for our benefit that far back. Hallelujah! Therefore, Child of God, it is already settled that peace with God, healing of body, forgiveness of sins, and relief from griefs should be our portion in Christ Jesus. However, we need to be aware that these are the very things that the devil hates to see God’s people thrive in. Thus, we must constantly guard what is already ours by standing firm on God’s Word and living fully under the influence of God’s Spirit. Remember, the LORD has designed it that we should experience all the wonderful blessings of Christ’s redemption in this sin-darkened world and in the very presence of our enemy—the devil. Hallelujah!

Pastor Emmanuel Odama