Rethinking Lent: Passover
For the longest time I would hear the word "Passover" and it registered as a made-up idea. In my head it was a combination of people passing out and a Jewish cultural reference I didn't understand. Please tell me you have fuzzy words like this in your brain? For a long time I didn't have a handle for it and I was grasping at straws and making stuff up.
And then I read the actual Bible story and I grabbed a hold of some serious symmetry to my faith. Many Jesus-concepts fell into place. Let's see if you think so, especially the last two sentences:
The blood will be a sign for you.
When I see the blood,
I will pass over you and
no plague will befall you
or destroy you.
Jesus continues to be the lifeblood of our faith. Holding all narratives, all psalms, all history together.
And this central story is why Jesus is called the Passover Lamb. Not only did He die during the Passover in Jewish culture, but He was the final Passover Lamb. He was without blemish and innocent; and He ended all Passover sacrifices.
His blood was the sign for you and me.
His body was sacrificed so that we will not be spiritually plagued nor spiritually destroyed.
His death means that Death passes over us.
He is the pinnacle of the Passover. And if we choose to be underneath the doorpost of His blood, to be covered by His death, then we live.
Blame and shame are twins tethered to our sin from the beginning. We want to blame others for our sins or hide in shame because of them. But Jesus takes our blame and covers our shame and we are then made new.
May we all have a new handle, a fresh understanding for The Passover Lamb.
Jesus, help us grasp onto the goodness of the sign you gave and the ultimate end to this act each year. That your Son was the final Passover Lamb and we no longer have to do this ritual. You are the Final Sacrifice and we are so grateful you made a path back to God for us. It was blocked by our own bloody hands. You opened it back up by your innocent blood. Amen.