In the year 2020, I want to remember this Passover and Easter season above all the rest because it is the first season that as a nation and WORLD we will be making sacrifices together for the health of our world. Remembering HIS sacrifices is not a fancy statement but a command for our spiritual health. *Inspired by our Women’s Wednesday Bible Study during COVID-19. Thank you VA. Skimlinks Test
What is Passover?
The origins of Passover can be found in Exodus 12 when Moses was speaking from the Lord to the Pharaoh on behalf of the Israelites. The Israelites were a mighty people that had slowly been enslaved by the Egyptians. Now, the Lord had heard his people’s cries for help and it was time to “let them go and worship him” (Exodus 3). The Pharaoh’s heart was so hardened that it took ten plagues with the tenth being the most heart convincing one to finally let God’s people go.
The Lord would pass through Egypt and strike down every firstborn of both people and animals UNLESS you followed the strict rules given, which primarily was sacrificing a lamb without defect and rubbing his blood on your doorposts, that would allow the spirit of God to PASS OVER your home.
(Read Exodus 12 for the full list of rules given to better understand the requirements. It is not needed for this article.)
The Celebration of Passover
Let’s take one last look at Exodus 12:24-27
“Obey these instructions as a lasting ordinance for you and your descendants. When you enter the land that the Lord will give you as he promised, observe this ceremony. And when your children ask you, ‘What does this ceremony mean to you?’ then tell them, ‘It is the Passover sacrifice to the Lord, who passed over the houses of the Israelites in Egypt and spared our homes when he struck down the Egyptians.’ ” Then the people bowed down and worshiped.”Exodus 12:24-27
As commanded, the Israelites had carried on with the commandment, and even today, it is one of the most highly observed Jewish holidays.
Remembering the sacrifice
According to Luke 22, Passover came to also be known as the Festival of Unleavened Bread, where people made a mass pilgrimage to Jerusalem for the festival and sacrifices. Hundreds upon thousands of people would come to the Temple to make their sacrifices to God.
Then came the day of Unleavened Bread on which the Passover lamb had to be sacrificed. Jesus sent Peter and John, saying, “Go and make preparations for us to eat the Passover.”Luke 22:7
The Lord provides them with explicit and odd instructions that came to be! A random man carrying a jar of water had a perfectly furnished room waiting just for them! The disciples were just ordinary men without reservations during the busiest time of the year for Jerusalem and this man just happened to have a room for them? GOD appointed!
It is another example of Jesus revealing His grand plan in the littlest of details. It was not just a place for their Passover meal yet a room for preparing the biggest sacrifice of all.
Preparing for the sacrifice
As they sat down for dinner the Lord started sharing his heart once again. He desired this time and meal with his followers because his time was short. The suffering would be coming soon. The time had come for Him to prepare himself and his disciples for the end.
We celebrate communion through the breaking of bread and drinking of the cup because it symbolizes his body and blood given for YOU. WHY?
Remembering HIS sacrifice
Jesus fulfilled the prophecy of entering the gates on a colt that is known as Palm Sunday. The people cheered his name! He was praised with the singing of “Hosanna! Blessed is he who comes in the name of the Lord, even the King of Israel!” (John 12:12-19)
Yet, how quickly the tides turned within a week so much so that on Passover Jesus’ feet were washed and cleansed as though He was being prepared for burial. He spoke earnestly with His disciples of the coming hour by revealing a betrayal and truths that seem too far fetched.
And what did He ask the disciples to do even though He knew death was coming SOON?
To just remember Him.
“…do this in REMEMBRANCE of ME.”Luke 22:19 (paraphrase)
We are to:
- REMEMBER the sacrifice as a father
- REMEMBER God’s love
- REMEMBER God’s son
- REMEMBER His love for His son
- REMEMBER the father-son relationship
- REMEMBER God gave us His son so we could have a relationship with Him
Through the bread, we remember HE was broken, beaten, and ultimately nailed to a cross – for us!
It was grueling, painful, grimy, humiliating, and necessary.
Through the cup, his blood, we remember the new covenant that was established through the pouring out of His blood.
The spear that pierced him then he bled out covering all our sins and confirmed a new promise.
The new covenant through the spilling of HIS blood means we have a binding relationship with the Lord! We are bound to him!
What can we do to Remember His Sacrifice?
Jesus laid down His life for You. Yes, YOU! It warms my heart and fills me with such peace to know that the Messiah died and poured out HIS blood for ME! It was no small feat!
The heavenly Father let His son come down in flesh to be with us. To have a relationship with us. To die for us.
I do not want to take the little time I have for granted by sitting idle and staying quiet about this amazing gift FREELY given. What about you?
Are you ready to dive into a deeper relationship with the Lord? To Remember His Sacrifice this Passover?
- What are you focusing on?
- How are you showing the Grace God bestowed on you to others?
- How are you glorifying God?