Many of you know that I was raised a cultural conservative Jew. My family celebrated the holiday traditions. Passover was/is especially important because my mother was a holocaust survivor who was freed from Nazi oppression just like the children of Israel were freed from Egyptian oppression.
You also know that many of these posts follow intense prayer sessions, which is Pastor G and me communicating with and connecting to God. This is one of them.
God is constantly growing us and showing us things to consider that we never had in the past. That’s what happened today. There is a beautiful connection between Passover and Easter, and it has to do with freedom. God freed His physical chosen people, Israel, from oppression. God, and Jesus is God, freed His spiritual chosen people from the eternal penalty of sin through Jesus’ salvific act on the cross. He died physically once so that all of us who follow Him and live His way can have our past, present and future repented sins forgiven and that the door to an eternity with God remains open for us. Because I’m comparing, it also needs to be noted that Moses was leading the children of Israel to the physical promised land. Jesus died so that we who are His can experience the spiritual promised land.
Let’s not forget the comparison of redemption. God redeemed the children of Israel from physical slavery and gave them principles to live by as a newly freed people. Christ redeemed us from the eternal penalty of sin while giving us the new covenant principles that govern our spiritual lives and will do so for eternity.
Matthew 22:37-39 (NKJV)
37 Jesus said to him, “‘You shall love the Lord your God with all your heart, with all your soul, and with all your mind.’ 38 This is the first and great commandment. 39 And the second is like it: ‘You shall love your neighbor as yourself.’
Finally, let’s appreciate how Passover and Easter are celebrated within the same timeframe. That links both together even more.
Please pray with me: Father God, thanks for this insight regarding Your physical and spiritual chosen people. Thanks for those of us to whom You’ve told “the rest of the story” just like You have revealed Jesus as our Lord and Savior. May we be blessed to worship You during this special season with new closeness and understanding. Thanks for opening our spiritual eyes to see You even more than we have until now. In Jesus’ name, amen.
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