Is celebrating Passover an affront to the Lord? I have Christian family members who celebrate Passover, remembering their “Jewish roots,” and, yes, the Savior it points to. I wonder what the Lord thinks of this. No offense intended, but are those who celebrate the “shadow,” just re-creating acts of people who were still in darkness? I mean, I understand people celebrating a shadow because they can’t see past it to the substance. Who, year after year, remember a time when God led them out of bondage – freed them – pointing to and hoping for a greater, MUCH greater, salvation yet to come. Well, GOOD NEWS! SALVATION HAS COME!
There is something of the greatest significance to celebrate this week – and to let it humble us. God allowed his only begotten son to suffer for us – for us! – to be a sacrifice, a perfect lamb, slain, crucified, beaten, mocked. There was no greater darkness than the darkness that fell on that day. But oh, the light that came – that shown in the tomb, that radiated from the face of Jesus. There is no greater light, except the fullness of the light we will see in heaven one day. One day soon, maybe – we never know…could be today. But that is certainly worth celebrating.
I am humbled and saddened today, quieted, remembering the events which led up to Easter…and Christ knowing every step of the way what was to come. How could so much be given for us? How could the Son truly, willingly, empty himself, not grasping after equality with God, but humbling himself to do the Father’s will?
Philippians 2:8 – “And being found in human form, he humbled himself by becoming obedient to the point of death, even death on a cross.”
But wait, here’s the rest of the story…
Philippians 2:9-11 – “Therefore, God has highly exalted him and bestowed on him the name that is above every name, so that at the name of Jesus, every knee should bow, in heaven and on earth and under the earth, and every tongue confess that Jesus Christ is Lord, to the glory of God the Father.”
Amen. Think about it. The perfect came, and opened the pathway to our eternal salvation, and the assurance of knowing again that communion with the Father that was ours at creation. No more Passover lambs required. Now that is something to celebrate – every day!