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“This month shall stand at the head of your calendar.” (Exodus 12:2)

Imagine how important the Passover must have been (and still is) to the Jewish people. It is so central that they built the event into their calendar, making the anniversary of their delivery from Egypt one of the highest celebrations of their year. God had punished their enemies, freed them from slavery, and led them through the Red Sea. Now everything was different. Now they understood God—and themselves— in a whole new way.

In their annual celebration of the Passover, the Jewish people are careful to keep the events surrounding their deliverance current. They know that God didn’t simply act in the past. He is still acting in their midst, still protecting them, still delivering them. Centuries upon centuries later, each Jew retells the tale as if he himself was present in Egypt, at the edge of the sea, and in the desert. Far from being a dim memory, Passover remains an ongoing, grace-filled event for the children of Abraham.

By giving Passover such a prominent spot in their calendar, the people also see this event as marking a new beginning. Every new year, God calls them farther into the future with him—a future that he has mapped out for them. For example, Jeremiah once promised: “They shall no longer say, ‘As the Lord lives, who brought the Israelites out of the land of Egypt’; but rather, ‘As the Lord lives, who brought the descendants of the house of Israel up from the land of the north’” (Jeremiah 23:7-8). The people’s deliverance from exile would be like a new Passover for them—another new beginning, another step forward into God’s goodness and love.

Just as the Jewish people treasure their traditions and history, so should we. God wants us to remember and retell what he has done for us in the past—especially what he did for us through his Son. He knows that as we recall our salvation, we will experience it more deeply. And that experience will strengthen us as we move forward into the future he has called us to.

“Jesus, you are my Savior. Thank you for all you have already done for me. Help me to place my hand in yours and walk with you into this brand-new day.”

Psalm 116:12-13,15-18;

Matthew 12:1-8


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