Today is Good Friday, the day we remember the sacrifice Jesus paid on behalf of our sin to redeem us and restore us to a right relationship with God. Many will attend Good Friday Communion services, and others will attend a Messianic Passover Seder, but all of our minds will be on Jesus, our Lord, and Savior.
I want to share three passages of Scripture for us to reflect on, not just today; but throughout the weekend and even in the coming weeks. Let this special time renew a strengthened devotion to Jesus, the reading and studying of Scripture, and prayer.
Exodus 12:26-27 ESV “And when your children say to you, ‘What do you mean by this service?’ 27 you shall say, ‘It is the sacrifice of the Lord’s Passover, for he passed over the houses of the people of Israel in Egypt, when he struck the Egyptians but spared our houses.’” And the people bowed their heads and worshiped.”
Deuteronomy 6:1-9 ESV “Now this is the commandment—the statutes and the rules—that the Lord your God commanded me to teach you, that you may do them in the land to which you are going over, to possess it, 2 that you may fear the Lord your God, you and your son and your son’s son, by keeping all his statutes and his commandments, which I command you, all the days of your life, and that your days may be long. 3 Hear therefore, O Israel, and be careful to do them, that it may go well with you, and that you may multiply greatly, as the Lord, the God of your fathers, has promised you, in a land flowing with milk and honey. 4 “Hear, O Israel: The Lord our God, the Lord is one. 5 You shall love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your might. 6 And these words that I command you today shall be on your heart. 7 You shall teach them diligently to your children, and shall talk of them when you sit in your house, and when you walk by the way, and when you lie down, and when you rise. 8 You shall bind them as a sign on your hand, and they shall be as frontlets between your eyes. 9 You shall write them on the doorposts of your house and on your gates.”
These two passages of Scripture show us the centrality of the Word of God in the life of the family. Knowing God begins at home, serving God begins at home, and discipleship occurs in the home.
Passover was a small family event. Yes, it was permitted to bring neighbors into your home, but they were treated like family. Let Passover, the beginning of months, be the start of a new family emphasis in your home. Set aside time on Friday nights to have a family meal and discuss how God has blessed you during the week. Read Scripture together and discuss it. Springtime signals new life; let today be a day that you remember the sacrifice of Jesus and make a decision that God’s Word will become the center of your family.
As you prepare your heart for a Good Friday service or Passover Seder, reflect on these words from the Apostle Paul,
1 Corinthians 5:7-8 ESV “Cleanse out the old leaven that you may be a new lump, as you really are unleavened. For Christ, our Passover lamb, has been sacrificed. 8 Let us therefore celebrate the festival, not with the old leaven, the leaven of malice and evil, but with the unleavened bread of sincerity and truth.”
Hametz is leaven, and leaven is a picture of sin. Get rid of corruption, malice, and wickedness, and celebrate your Messiah with the matzah of sincerity and truth. Jesus said those who worship Me must worship in spirit and truth. We must have the spirit with the truth. All truth with no Holy Spirit leads to legalism, and all spirit without Truth (Jesus and the Scripture) will lead to a perverted grace that produces lawlessness in the end.
Jesus has died, risen, and will soon come again! Therefore, let us celebrate the feast in the joy of our sins being forgiven and the blessed hope of the coming Kingdom.