In the Jewish calendar, the Passover is celebrated in the early spring, from the 15th through the 22nd of the Hebrew month of Nissan.
In Christianity, The Lenten Season is a holy month of fasting and prayer for forty days. The Passover falls within the last weeks of the Lenten season, specifically on Mundy Thursday. It is the holy month of Easter.
The eight-day festival of Passover commemorates the emancipation of the Israelites from slavery in ancient Egypt. And, by following the rituals of Passover, we have the ability to relive and experience the true freedom that is made available to every child of God, Jews and Gentiles, through the redemption made possible to the Patriarchs in Egypt, and spread abroad to all in Jesus Christ who shed His blood on the cross at Calvary as the Paschal lamb.
After many decades of slavery, hard labor, and horrible lives in Egypt, God heard the prayers of the children of Israel, and fulfilled His promise to Abraham to deliver them. He sent Moses to lead them into a promised land far away in Canaan. But despite many warnings, signs and wonders accompanied with devastating plagues affecting the lives, the livestock, the crops, and the environment of the Egyptians, with no effect upon the Hebrews, Pharaoh refused to let go the people of God.
Before the tenth and last plague, the Israelites were guided to prepare the Passover meal and mark the doors of their houses with the blood of the Passover lamb so that the Angel of death that would afflict Egyptian first-born would not hurt them.
The tenth plagues took place midnight of the night of Passover when the Angel of death passed through Egypt killing all their firstborn, sparing the Children of Israel, “passing over” their homes—hence the name of the holiday.
Pharaoh’s resistance was broken, and he willingly allowed the Israelites to leave Egypt with all their belongings and precious gifts in such a hurry that the unleavened bread they baked as provisions for the way did not have time to rise. Six hundred thousand adult men, plus many more women and children, left Egypt on that day, and began the trek to Mount Sinai in freedom as Children of God. This is liberation.
The story of Passover transcends Judaism, Christianity, and Islam, and finds relevance in the truth of liberation as expounded by many great religions and cultures of the world.
Just like the Israelites found God-given liberation from the hands of a wicked Pharaoh in Egypt, so did the Puritans and Pilgrims found rest for their souls in the New World of North America after persecution from a despotic and oppressive King James I of England.
The story of Passover is the message of God to humanity that slaves can go free, that the future can be better, and that you can overcome all of your challenges and difficulties in life if only you can trust Him.
The “Negro Spirituals” inspired the African-American community to trust God for freedom, emancipation and equal rights, Today the African-American, former slaves, is King, ruler and leader, not only in America but all over the world.
The Holocaustt is the killing of about six million Jews by the Nazi rulers in Germany, but it had a major impact on the formation of a homeland for the Jews and the establishment of the state of Israel. It was bleak and bitter for the Jews during the difficult days of the Alhambra Declaration, and other persecutions across Europe, but after darkness comes light, a corridor was eventually created for the Israelis. The Jews have their say in the affairs of the world.
Your seemingly bitter bread of affliction today will soon turn to a cup of milk and honey if only you could trust God and follow His leading to do that which your heart desire without hurting the other fellow.. That is the essence of Passover and its remembrance and re-enactment.
A greater Passover awaits you, however, if you would always do His will, follow His way, and live according to His dictates, for, you shall pass over unto life eternal after your days are made on Earth, into a life of bliss and happiness, in His very presence and in His kingdom.
“After this I beheld, and, lo, a great multitude, which no man could number, of all nations, and kindreds, and people, and tongues, stood before the throne, and before the Lamb, clothed with white robes, and palms in their hands; And cried with a loud voice, saying, Salvation to our God which sitteth upon the throne, and unto the Lamb.” (Rev 7: 9 – 10).
“And he that sat upon the throne said, Behold, I make all things new. And he said unto me, Write: for these words are true and faithful. And he said unto me, It is done. I am Alpha and Omega, the beginning and the end. I will give unto him that is athirst of the fountain of the water of life freely. He that overcometh shall inherit all things; and I will be his God, and he shall be my son.
But the fearful, and unbelieving, and the abominable, and murderers, and whoremongers, and sorcerers, and idolaters, and all liars, shall have their part in the lake which burneth with fire and brimstone: which is the second death.” (Rev 21: 5 – 8).
Would you be in The Great Passover? Think seriously on this, and plan to be there.