Most of us love a holiday.
There is usually good food, a day off, time with people we enjoy and much celebrating.
Often though, as we enjoy the day or season, we aren’t tuned in to why we are celebrating or who we are celebrating.
Thanksgiving can become about football with little thought given to God’s provision to the pilgrims or to us.
Christmas can become a focus on Santa and presents rather than the birth of the Messiah.
Fourth of July becomes all about the fireworks and not independence.
Easter often focuses on bunnies and eggs, forgetting a risen Savior and on and on it goes.
So, in Deuteronomy 16, God gives instructions about how Israel is to celebrate the Passover.
“Observe the month of Abib and celebrate the Passover of the Lord your God, because in the month of Abib he brought you out of Egypt by night.” Deut. 16:1
God wanted them never to forget that they were delivered from oppression to a land of hope and promise.
To this day, the Jews still celebrate Passover.
The Jewish Passover is a representation of the Christian celebration of Easter.
For the Jews it represents that a lamb was sacrificed and it’s blood smeared on the doors of Israelites in Egypt so that the angel of death would pass by that house.
As well, Jews would be delivered from the oppression and bondage in Egypt and saved to freedom in the Promised Land.
For the Christian, Christ is the sacrificial lamb that saves us from sin (death) and into eternal life.
Christians see that while sin enslaves them, Christ’s sacrifice on the cross bought them freedom for all eternity.
Christ’s death on the cross was for everyone. Jew, gentile, all.
This is the good news of the gospel of Jesus Christ!
“For God so loved the world that He gave His only son, that whoever believes in Him should not perish but have eternal life.”
Now that, is something to celebrate!