Main Truth: For God so loved the world that he gave His one and only Son, that whoever believes in Him shall not perish but have eternal life. For God did not send His Son into the world to condemn the world, but to save the world through Him (John 3:16-17 NKJV)
This year as we celebrate Easter with our family and friends, embracing Spring as new life buds around us after a long cold winter. Let us also embrace that God came down to earth in the form of man - Jesus to give us new life, redeeming us back to Himself through Jesus death on a cross, burial and resurrection – New Life.
History of Passover: Passover in Jewish tradition is the celebration & remembrance of the plague of death that “Passed Over” specific homes in Egypt. This event occurred during the time God's people were enslaved by Pharaoh and the passover event marks the beginning of their mass exodus from Egypt. God told Moses that a plague of death was going to descend upon Egypt. In order to escape this plague, a perfect spotless lamb had to be sacrificed and its blood had to be wiped over the header of their front door as a symbol of protection from the plague. Any home in Egypt that did not have this “Mark of the Lamb” over their door, the plague of death entered and immediately killed every first born. Even Pharaoh’s own son. You can find this biblical history in Exodus 12.
1st Century Palestine: The city of Jerusalem was over-crowded with visitors and travelers as they arrived to celebrate Passover. The day before Jesus death, He was betrayed by a close friend, falsely accused by the Jewish leaders, brutally beaten by Roman authorities, and offered up to die the most humiliating and torturous death of that day. A death that was normally reserved for the most horrific criminals; Crucifixion- that is, death on a cross.
The cross had been widely used through history as it made a statement to the public. Tyrant rulers such as the Roman rule during this period in history would use this public death by crucifixion as a way of controlling the people under their authority. A crucifixion always took place on top of a hill so all could witness the agonizing and torturous death of a man on a cross. In Jesus case, he died on a hill called Calvary.
The Cross up to that point was a true symbol of horrific punishment. Mankind looked upon the cross during this period in history with trembling fear. Jesus resurrection on the third day after his crucifixion exemplifies - our victory over sin and death. During the time of this Passover celebration the consequences of our sins in the eyes of God had “Passed Over” us through Jesus because His blood became our “Mark of the Lamb.”
For God so loved the world that he gave His one and only Son, that whoever believes in Him shall not perish but have eternal life. For God did not send His Son into the world to condemn the world, but to save the world through Him. (John 3:16-17 NKJV)
The cross too is redeemed; no longer a symbol of horrific death and public humiliation. It also is covered by the “Mark of the Lamb.” The cross to Christians now symbolizes hope, forgiveness, redemption, a new life through Jesus Christ. God’s unwavering love for us.
Post written by: Karen Meier
Karen has been a Christian for over 30 years. During that time God delivered her from an abusive first marriage. Deliverance also occured as God forgave and saved me from other terrible life choices. God has shown Karen the power that is in grace. Grace she realized she had all along. Grace is our 3.0 power app. It empowers us to live a Christ-centric life. Karen is married to an incredible man for the past 10 years. Together they have blended their families and raised our 4 sons. You can find Karen Meier at www.sliceofgracetoday.com and Follow her on twitter @Slice_Grace2Day.