If we were Jewish people, we would still be in the middle of the Passover celebration.
Passover is an eight-day festival and it is the celebration that we Christians have come to call Easter. Although Easter is always on a Sunday for us, and we celebrate with a Holy Week that begins on Palm Sunday, Passover is set by the phase of the moon. Passover this year began on Friday, April 19 and will end on Saturday, April 27. The two days at the beginning of Passover and the two days at the end are very holy days. No work is to be done on these four days.
The first Passover brought the ultimate freedom of Israel – freedom out of bondage in Egypt. They look upon the Passover as the nation of Israel receiving a new beginning or new birth. Life was transformed for them. Things would never be the same for them as long as they followed God who saved them. That is what God did for us through Christ during that Passover Festival a little over 2000 years ago. Through the death and resurrection of Jesus, he set us free and gave us a new beginning, a transformation from sin to life in Christ.
Brennan Manning puts it this way: “The Christian lives in Christ and Christ in the Christian through the Holy Spirit. We are empowered to live new lives where sin has no place. If we do not, we frustrate the power of the paschal mystery by our refusal of faith in the power. How often are Christians unwilling to believe that they have been transformed.”
Passover/Easter is the event where God has brought freedom from slavery, transformed sinner to saint and brought life from death. At Easter time this year lets ask, “Are we Christians really living into this transforming power of God?” If so, “how are our lives transformed?” And, “how are we transforming the world?”
Geaux Tigers, Barry
Published on Friday, April 26, 2019 @ 8:26 AM EDT