Celebrating the Passover is very helpful in changing the past. Upon reflection, while celebrating the Passover, I learn of things that I should not do from this day forward. I learn truth from His people's plight. As I unpack the Passover, I quickly relate the events to my life today. Sure, the story is old and long ago, yet I know there is nothing new under the sun. The only difference between today and three thousand years ago is tools. We are very much the same just during different time periods.
Why Passover? In short, to remember.
The Passover Seder is where I will marry old and new to learn and teach my family. Even from the beginning, we sought to be god. That place was taken and we chose another path to aspire after. Sin became our father as we sought to embrace the teaching. Sin was cast out of heaven faster than a lightening bolt. Do I empathize with sin? Yes. Would I share the hope I have with sin? You better believe it. Would sin listen? That's not for me to decide.
The Seder is an interesting mix of smells and tastes combined with actions and words and shared with friends and family to bring awareness to my own struggles or victories. The Seder helps me to learn to remain free from selfish wants and desires that bind me and lock me into slavery. Do I want a new car? Yes, however I do not wish to be a slave to the car. Do I want to eat an entire chocolate cake? Yes, however I do not wish to be a slave to my gut. "Scoffer I would be!" Do I want more than one wife? Yes, however I have learned that one is enough, even for a king, if I love and treat her correctly. Blaa blaa…
The Seder brings awareness, yet it is only one piece of the great picture. There should be a flow leading into the Passover celebration. Let me breakdown a timeline to help me understand how I can leverage traditions to instruct my children. "This is an excellent way of confronting sin without confronting the person."
Yes, leading into the Passover we shall go! Removal of sin is the key!
I have celebrated the Passover for the last few years. Each time, I learn something new and how to really draw myself and family into learning about God. When compared, a Jewish and Christian calendar align quite well. Amazing! I think. Not really… it's God's plan.
If I break each one of these dates down, I would see a plan that unfolded over three thousand years ago. The Passover started well before Anno Domini, establishing a tradition in the Jewish people that would not waiver. The desire to maintain tradition was so great, it fulfilled God's plan for His Son. I would even go as far to say, "Tradition was one of the top three reasons for Jesus being crucified." Hum… Food for thought.
Lord, the Passover is good. Your timeline is flawless. This is an excellent tool for teaching my children, family, and friends about You and Your promise that never fails.
Jesus Christ is the same yesterday, today, and forever!
Glory to You God!