The Lord of Life
By: Michael Peebles
Date : March 28, 2013
Suggested reading for this meditation is all the Pesach reading; it touches in a general way on much else as well.
YHVH made a garden. He breathed his breath into man, who stood up, a living soul. The test whether life would remain was placed in the middle of the garden. Adam and Eve did not find death at the outer limits. Life and the sustaining of life was all around them, they could eat almost any fruit and it would nourish them. Obedience was easy – there was only one way to disobey. There was a boundary in the center of what was good. They crossed it, and death entered.
In the fulness of time, Yeshua came, entering alive where death reigned. He was tempted by Satan. He could have done many things to disobey, but there was one path before him – one way of obedience. It led to death on the cross. He was the only begotten; he was the first-born because he was the only born. All the first-born of animals and people of Israel were to be redeemed from the time of the first Passover, because when the blood of their sacrificial lambs was sprinkled on the doorposts and lintels of Israel, the death angel passed over them, but not over the Egyptians.
The Heavenly Father put his first-born/only-born-son on the cross to make this redemption possible, and he became even more special as the first-born of the resurrection. The last thing, the large piece of the aphikoman, is bigger than the first. It is true of Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob. And it is true of Yeshua.
For the first time in history, death took hold of something innocent, and in that moment, life took hold of death. Death lost, life won. And life entered triumphant where death reigned. He became the firstfuits of a new type. The redeemer and the redeemed – the bridegroom and the bride.
I am thankful that he valued me so much…Clearly, my value only exists in entering in wholeheartedly into that relationship. Without that completion, I am as valueless as ever.
I am thankful I could come and be broken on that Rock, entering into life by the new birth. I can see that ultimately everything that will not be broken must be crushed.
Even so, Come! Lord Yeshua