Positioned for Passover
We learn in the Bible from Exodus, chapter 12, that the first Passover was when God directed His people to slaughter, roast, and eat a perfect male lamb, and to spread the lamb’s blood over the door frames of their homes. God told the Israelites to stay inside with their families that night and that when He saw the blood on the doors of their homes, that the angel of death would pass over them, but that every first born male in Egypt—among the humans and the animals—would die. As promised, God spared the Israelites. And in great fear of God’s power to destroy, Pharaoh finally consented to allow the Israelites to leave Egypt.
Passover takes place this year from sunset on April 8th through April 16th. It would seem that God is ensuring that we are well-positioned for Passover this year! We have been ordered to say inside our homes. His command for future generations to remember God’s protection at Passover included doing no work for those seven days. Many people are unable to work at this time. And of course, all are crying out in hopes that COVID-19 would “pass over” their homes and families.
There are three key points to note about Passover that are relevant for everyone during these unprecedented days, regardless of whether we are Jewish, Christian, or not yet sure of our beliefs.
First, God is calling and preparing us to come out of Egypt. Egypt represents the ways of the world, including its power structures, its culture, values, beliefs, and ways of knowing. From the very beginning, God created a perfect order permeated by His peace and love of mankind. But mankind chose to love the world more than God. He is calling mankind whom He deeply loves back to Himself where they are safe, loved, and cared for.
Second, He is urging us to get rid of the yeast, sometimes called leaven. During the Passover celebration, God ordered that there should be no yeast present in the homes or the bread eaten during the celebration of remembrance. Yeast represents those things that we are unwilling to give up that cause us to “puff up.” Without realizing it, we have set up idols in our lives—things we love more than God. So often, we find our joy in our possessions, social or professional status, our bank account, the next vacation, a win for our favorite team, and our relationships with other people. God truly loves to bless us with good gifts. Bur it’s when we desire the blessings more than the One who loves us the most—God Himself—that He will most assuredly cause a “reset” in our hearts and lives. He calls us to know Him and look to Him for ALL things, and to thank Him always! We are most definitely experiencing His “reset” right now!
Third, we must, without exception, ensure that our homes are covered in Jesus’ blood. The Christian world celebrates Palm Sunday on April 5th. On that day, Jesus entered Jerusalem just prior to Passover. People cheered for Him and welcomed Him, even though they did not yet understand that He is the living Son of God. The Last Supper He ate with His disciples was in fact the Passover meal as they all remembered God’s great goodness. And then He died on a cross, shedding His blood, so that all men for all time would be covered by the sacrifice of a perfect lamb.
Being under Jesus’ blood is a sure guarantee that we will live for eternity, regardless of when our physical bodies give out. There is no fear in death! But there is so much more! Jesus deposited His very life and breath into everyone who agrees that He is the only way to a relationship with the Heavenly Father. Once Jesus lives in us, we have the privilege of living under God’s power, protection, and unending love, as His Ambassadors to the world. We get all of heaven in this life, not just when we die!
So during these days of being sequestered at home, crying out for the Angel of Death (i.e. COVID-19) to pass over, unable to work or engage in the busyness that used to overwhelm our days, let’s look to Jesus! He is real and He loves us better than the most loving person we’ve ever met! From Palm Sunday to Passover to the Easter celebration of Jesus’ coming back to life from the dead, let’s remember that God’s ways are the utmost best for our lives! Let’s begin to ask Him day by day to make Himself real to us so that we can know, trust, and love Him as He really IS! Remember and agree!
We confess that we may not yet know You as You really are – Almighty God, Savior of the World, Redeemer of man, and a loving best friend. We open our homes and hearts to you today, and invite You in. We ask that You show us who You are, willing to exchange our understanding of You and Your ways for an incredible upgrade! Cause us to know You and to agree with You that You are the all-powerful God of the universe, still in control and still madly in love with us, even in our broken-down condition. We invite you into our hearts and homes today, willing to welcome you even if we don’t yet fully realize all that You are for us today, tomorrow, and always!