Jesus, God’s Greatest Gift

The Passover story is the greatest drama in all of the Bible. The story begins with a Pharoh who forgot Joseph and decided to put God’s people into slavery. This was no average bad guy; he had the spirit of anti-Christ on him and decided to kill all the Hebrew boys two years old and younger. Sounds familiar, doesn’t it1? A woman from the line of Levi (priests) puts her child in a basket to save his life. The child is drawn out from the water, named Moshe, and raised in Pharoh’s house. This was God’s deliverer. In fear for his life after killing an Egyptian, Moshe flees into the wilderness, where he comes to a burning bush that is not consumed, and God speaks to him there2.

Exodus 6:2-7 CJB “God spoke to Moshe; he said to him, “I am Adonai. 3 I appeared to Avraham, Yitz’chak and Ya’akov as El Shaddai, although I did not make myself known to them by my name, Yud-Heh-Vav-Heh [Adonai]. 4 Also with them I established my covenant to give them the land of Kena’an, the land where they wandered about and lived as foreigners. 5 Moreover, I have heard the groaning of the people of Isra’el, whom the Egyptians are keeping in slavery; and I have remembered my covenant. 6 “Therefore, say to the people of Isra’el: ‘I am Adonai. I will free you from the forced labor of the Egyptians, rescue you from their oppression, and redeem you with an outstretched arm and with great judgments. 7 I will take you as my people, and I will be your God. Then you will know that I am Adonai your God, who freed you from the forced labor of the Egyptians.”

God never forgets a promise! And in the last days, Jewish people worldwide will return home to Israel. Scripture prophecies that those of us in the nations will take part in fulfilling that prophecy, “Adonai Elohim answers: “I am beckoning to the nations, raising my banner for the peoples. They will bring your sons in their arms and carry your daughters on their shoulders.” (Isaiah 49:22 CJB). As amazing as it was, the first Exodus will pale compared to what God will do for His people in the last days.

But what did the first Exodus mean for the Jewish people? First, it meant that God was a promise keeper (Exodus 6:5) and would free, rescue, and redeem His people (Exodus 6:6). God did this through the plagues that judged all the main gods of Egypt.

The last plague, the death of the firstborn, brought about the institution of the Passover celebration. The blood of a lamb was put on the doorpost, and death passed over you3

1 Peter 1:18-25 CJB “You should be aware that the ransom paid to free you from the worthless way of life which your fathers passed on to you did not consist of anything perishable like silver or gold; 19 on the contrary, it was the costly bloody sacrificial death of the Messiah, as of a lamb without defect or spot. 20 God knew him before the founding of the universe, but revealed him in the acharit-hayamim for your sakes. 21 Through him you trust in God, who raised him from the dead and gave him glory; so that your trust and hope are in God. 22 Now that you have purified yourselves by obeying the truth, so that you have a sincere love for your brothers, love each other deeply, with all your heart. 23 You have been born again not from some seed that will decay, but from one that cannot decay, through the living Word of God that lasts forever. 24 For all humanity is like grass, all its glory is like a wildflower — the grass withers, and the flower falls off; 25 but the Word of Adonai lasts forever. Moreover, this Word is the Good News which has been proclaimed to you.”

From the beginning, God planned to reconcile man to Himself through His Son. God did not ask Avraham to sacrifice Yitz’chak for no reason. Instead, God provided Avraham with a ram because He would later send The Lamb. John the Baptist identified Jesus as, The Lamb of God, who takes away the sins of the world4.

As we celebrate Passover, we can observe it in three ways: remembering God’s covenant and miracles on behalf of his people, Israel. Secondly, by acknowledging Yeshua, Jesus, our Passover Lamb, and praying for and giving towards the greatest Exodus of all time, the Jews in these last days are returning both physically and spiritually to the land of Israel5.

I mentioned Isaiah 49:22 earlier; if you would like to be part of fulfilling Bible prophecy, you can give towards Project Aliyah through Larry Huch Ministries, which brings Jewish people back to Israel from around the world. This is more than just a plane ticket; this project also covers the initial education of learning Hebrew and coming into the culture, teaching skills for work, and providing housing for three to six months.

Three times a year, God has set aside appointed times to meet with us, and we are not to come emptyhanded (Deuteronomy 16:16). But more than the command, because of what Jesus has done for us, there is no greater time to share the good news with God’s people than at Passover. Would you pray today for the salvation of God’s people? Salvation doesn’t mean a Jewish person stops being Jewish or quits celebrating Passover to start celebrating Easter. They don’t give up a brisket for a porkchop or Chanukah for Christmas. A Jew doesn’t convert; they receive their Messiah.

If God has put it on your heart to bless Israel with the good news of their Messiah, would you give to One For Israel’s Passover Project and share Yeshua with God’s people this Passover?

As a Christian, the most significant revelation in my walk with the Lord has been to embrace the Jewish roots of my faith and, like Paul, see the law as holy, just, and good. Every year I look forward to these appointed times with God. There’s nothing legalistic about serving God when we have the revelation behind what we’re doing. So whether you sit down at a Passover table or attending a Wednesday night and Good Friday service, remember that Jesus gave His life so that we could be forgiven and united with the Father.

Lord, we thank You for our salvation and the shed blood of Jesus that covers our sins, redeems us from sin, and its effects on our lives. We pray for the peace of Jerusalem and ask that this Passover season, the eyes of our Jewish brothers and sisters will be open to Yeshua. They would see Him in the Passover, and the lie of conversion and leaving Judaism would be broken. Let your people know that Yesua is theirs, and we Christians are blessed to be grafted into the rich heritage You entrusted them.

  1. Matthew 2:16-23 [Jeremiah 31:15]
  2. Exodus 1:16, 2:1-10, 2:11-15, 3:1-9
  3. Exodus 11-12
  4. Genesis 22:1-19; John 1:29, 36
  5. Exodus 1-15, 23:14-19; Leviticus 23:1-8; Matthew 26:17-35; Mark 14:1-24; Luke 22:8-38; 1 Corinthians 5:7-8, 11:23-34

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