Passover or Easter
Today is Passover. It began on what the church calls Good Friday at sundown. I cannot recall the last time that Passover and the church’s appointed holy day known as Easter coincided like this. The Holy Days, appointed times of the Torah are determined by the moon. The church appointed times are appointed by the Gregorian calendar.
Is it interestingly coincidental that it should happen in this calendar year of 2012 that the world is aware of, in general? I do not know.
Be you Jewish or a person who follows the dates and times appointed by a RC pope, such that today is either Passover or Easter Saturday, what is it that both of these are about? Passover was the setting free of the Hebrew children from slavery to their captor Pharaoh. Easter is about the death of a man called Yahshua, setting us free from the debt and slavery to sin; to following the demands of the flesh.
The setting free of the Hebrew children seems to have been the easier part. A journey then ensued to the Promised Land. According to historians it was a journey that should have taken perhaps a few weeks or even months, but most definitely not forty years. Like I said, getting the children out of Egypt seemed to have been the easier part. The more difficult task was getting Egypt out of the Hebrew children. They had become accustomed to a certain way of life and they began to gripe in the journey. Notwithstanding that all of their needs were met, they complained.
In comparison, it seems to this writer that the Hebrew children did it a lot sooner and with less difficulty than we who have been set free from slavery to sin by the death of Yahshua. It has been over 2000 years and speaking for self, I am still enslaved to the things of the world. I have allowed the things of the world to dictate, for instance, where I will live, what I will wear, how I will speak (or not speak up), etc.
Passover or Easter – there is a mighty lesson to be learned from each of these. I am not here to preach and tell another which is the more important; which is the real and which is not real. I simply share lessons I am learning from each of these.
I believe, however, that Passover was a dress rehearsal (precursor) to what Yahshua would undergo on our behalf. I need to find my own way, my own message in each of these. Are they just cute little stories or are there life lessons left behind by generations who have walked before us? Is there a commonality, a deeper message for each of us individually and for humanity collectively?
Who knows. It is an individual journey, each of us is accountable for his or her life lived. As for me, I am ever so grateful for the Love that is Yahshua – who is an expression of the Love of the Creator, for without Yahshua having lived and left behind these lessons, how could I even begin to understand who I am?
Death to self is the beginning of life.