Few of us have reached adulthood without hearing the age-old adage of how quickly life can change—how we must never take anyone or anything for granted. It was around this time last year that I fell about eight feet from my grandchildren’s elaborate tree house in my backyard, cracking my sacrum, breaking my wrist in three places and fracturing my humorous into at least 17 pieces.
The months following were taxing in ways I couldn’t begin to comprehend. However, there were a few things I was sure of; one, that God was sovereign and two, that I was His child. I was acutely aware of all the blessings in my life. I was thankful for the grace of God over my soul, for my beautiful and precious family, my dear and treasured friends, and the many opportunities God has given me to bless Him back.
As we enter this Passover season, we are remembering an event when God acted on behalf of His people, rescuing them from bondage in Egypt. The Israelites were made free from the tyranny of Pharaoh when they crossed the Red Sea, and they were “baptized into the death of the waters” so they could be reborn to serve God in freedom. Likewise, those of us who trust in Yeshua, our Deliverer, are baptized into His death and reborn to serve God by the power of the Holy Spirit.
As Christians, we are also remembering another evening when God acted, rescuing all people from spiritual bondage. It took place during the annual celebration of Passover and is a continuation of the story of God’s love.
Can we even fathom the love of God? Because of the blood that was shed by His Son, the perfect sacrifice, a promise of the Father came down fifty days after the resurrection of our Lord on the Day of Pentecost in the form of his Holy Spirit—God’s gift. The Scripture calls it a “deposit” for what is to come. His very Presence, to live inside the hearts of man until The Perfect comes clothed in Majestic Glory.
This is the time when the seeds of trees and grains break underground and begin their slow but steady ascension toward the warmth of the sun. For those seeking to understand the first century roots of our Christian faith, this is a season rich with prophecy and possibility.
Don’t miss reading The Clues of Passover this month’s Precious Gems article for more about the deeper, spiritual meanings of this important feast.
I pray that this season will be a new beginning for you all. As God’s mercy is made new every morning, so is it that our souls are renewed, refreshed and restored by His grace.