Passover began at sunset yesterday. It is the holiest time of the year, and leads to our celebration of salvation. Since most of us were not brought up following Jewish customs, we don’t have traditions or rituals associated with the Biblical feasts. There is nothing more precious than what Jesus did for us on the cross, and the least we could do is to acknowledge these appointed feasts and honor our Savior.
The Jews were slaves to the Egyptians, and God devised a plan to get them out of captivity. He used many signs and wonders to open up a path for their freedom, confounding the Egyptians so they could make their escape. It was scary for them to make such a bold move, but God gave them courage, and his plan fell into place.
One notable thing to take away from their experience was when they escaped Egypt, they left the burden of slavery behind. What burden are you holding onto that is too heavy for you to carry that you should have left behind when you accepted the gift of salvation? Jesus saved you and took the weight of your past that enslaves you. Let go of that garbage! You don’t need it because it will bog you down as you try to cross the Red Sea to freedom. What I’m talking about is releasing your fears, regrets, trauma, unbelief, and the pain of rejection and turning them over to Jesus. You can use those things to help others without carrying the weight of them. Today, and during this holy feast of Passover, ask God what you need to release to him so that you can walk in complete freedom just as the Israelites did.
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. 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. 1 Corinthians 5:7-8