Passover and Easter are with us again this week and boy does the world look different to last year. These two biblical accounts are profound markers on our walk as believers and their interwoven presence in the life of Yeshua (the Hebrew name for Jesus) as He lived and walked towards the cross and resurrection.
The story of the first Passover can be found in Exodus 12. It speaks of unleavened bread, the tenth and final plague of the death of the first born, and a communal instruction and response in the most difficult and gut wrenching situations. It also speaks of being home with your household and a light being in the midst of that home as you do as the Lord instructs. The story speaks of redemption, salvation and the freedom that comes with the path of God redeeming His people and the choice we have to leave those things that have been slavery to us as well.
The account of the Passover and the traditional story of Easter can be found in the gospels. I have been reading the account in Matthew 26 and Luke 22. Yeshua speaks of his desire to eat the passover meal together with his disciples. The disciples speak of "who is the greatest" but still, are gathered round a table in the most profound of circumstances eating and drinking and participating in the Passover meal, something that they would have practiced every year. These moments together all part of the walk to the garden, the cross and the empty tomb.
Reading these two deeply poignant expressions that mark our freedom and salvation have struck a deep chord in me this year. I have been asking God, our Father, what I might write for you here today that could lead you deeper into the story of God during this time. I was reminded of an article I read a couple of weeks ago. The account was from a lady in Italy who was giving sweet advice on how to prepare and remain in lockdown. In fact her words are the title of this blog.
The woman speaks about various practical pieces of isolating yourself from the world around you and when talking about time and space that will be created, she said this: "Buy food you have always wanted to cook but have never had time. In lockdown you'll have the leisure to let things simmer, soak and rise." What a beautiful three words. Simmer, soak and rise. And this is what I was left with, to share with you.
For me this year, having lived abroad for the last couple of years, I heard the call of God in my heart as I thought about Passover and Easter. I heard a voice whisper; "Your passover this year, your walk to and with Salvation, Yeshua, won't be so much about leaving, but returning." Goodness, I thought, what a beautiful invitation these words are, and well, they have simmered in my belly for a few days now.
As this week opens to us all, a most Holy Week indeed, I ask God to soak us in His Word, His presence and His approach to movement during this season with mercy, compassion, hope and love. I pray that I re-member every part of me to the story of Yeshua choosing the cross, and that both accounts of Passover and Easter will draw me to acknowledging and experiencing the truest expression of myself.
It might sound strange really, but its a prayer for us all. It's the story of our creator God who draws us to Himself, to rise, through death to life. It's the story of our creator God that creates in us and carries us to freedom on eagles wings. It's the story of our Creator God that from our position, bowing before Him in worship, we will rise blessed and known, no matter what our circumstances.
Friends, use this time to invest in the most precious and nourishing Word of God. May you let the word of truth simmer in you, soak you, and cause you to rise, strengthened by His hand and touched by His presence.
For deeper insights on the story of Passover you can visit www.alpehbeta.com. I have really enjoyed using this resource over the years.