It was an awe gripping and a solemn night, when the call went out to prepare for the journey out, “get ready, Time is up”. To a people mistreated, abused, hated, threatened, cheated, it was welcoming. They had heard the deliverance talked about, they had seen the shear show of force on their behalf, they knew their cry for help had been heard on high, their deliverance had now come. On that night, that solemn night, God did not only deal a devastating blow to Egypt, He also instituted a memorial for His chosen people, one that would be celebrated through ALL generations, the Passover. On that solemn night, when fear had gripped an entire nation, God instituted this feast as a memorial for ALL generations. As the Hebrews locked themselves up and had the feast in a hurry and in obedience, God was moving through the land of Egypt executing the final act of His justice, however passing over His own chosen people, the Hebrews. It was not long before the wailing could be heard throughout the land of Egypt but none near the camp of the Hebrews according to the word of the Lord.
On that awe gripping but solemn night, before their freedom was secured by divine acts, the Lord unveiled the memorial that Jesus years later longed to celebrate with the disciples before going to the cross. He became the Passover lamb connecting the old memorial with the new covenant He came to establish. Through Jesus, the Passover connects with the Lords Supper and unveils a call to true freedom on the night on which he was betrayed. As God the father prepared to deal a devastating blow to sin and its powerful grip on humanity, Jesus was telling the disciples and those coming after them “remember me through the events of this solemn night”. As Jesus celebrated the Passover, remembering the solemn night before the deliverance of Israel from Egypt, He established a new covenant for all mankind such that in Him, the Sovereign Lord passes over in judgement, In Him salvation comes, In Him the curse of the law is broken and the gentiles, outside the covenant of God with Abraham, become plugged into God’s chosen inheritance, His own people, called by His name. He established this, as the two solemn nights got connected making it possible for mankind to have forgiveness, to receive absolute salvation. There is no need to do battle for it, no need to kill for it, no need to pay money for it or travel to a far country for it. The only requirement is repentance, then accept the free gift of grace that comes through Jesus Christ and that settles it forever.
In that moment of acceptance, the solemn night in Egypt connects with the solemn night with Christ and the two together connects with your solemn moment, the moment when your destiny is changed, when your name is entered into the Lambs book of life. In that solemn moment, when your trajectory is shifted from the path of death to that of life, your day of deliverance, your D-day, you can begin to join in the holy chorus of freedom and glory in its light and with true meaning join the songwriters Keith and Kristyn Getty sing:
In Christ alone, who took on flesh
Fullness of God in helpless Babe
This gift of love and righteousness
Scorned by the ones He came to save
Til on that cross as Jesus died
The wrath of God was satisfied
For every sin on Him was laid
Here in the death of Christ I live.
February 7, 2019
“A wise man will hear and increase learning, and a man of understanding will attain counsel.” – Proverbs 1:5