Passover-Easter Connections Day 1

Today starts Holy Week and therefore a series on the Passover-Easter connections. It is not too unusual for Passover and Easter to be in the same month, but for Passover and Holy Week to start at the same time is pretty unusual. As Christians go through Holy Week, we will be nearly on the same schedule that Jesus was nearly 2,000 years ago. Too many times, Christians forget our Jewish spiritual heritage. Jesus was Jewish.

One of the first things to do in preparation for Passover is to clean the house and get rid of everything that contains yeast or other leavening. Yeast represents sin and cleaning the house is good spring cleaning, but also gets rid of all crumbs and remnants of leavening. Does this not sound similar to Lent? One of the goals for Lent, through fasting and different prayer, is to ask God where is my sin and to be thankful for forgiveness! Thankfully, God’s forgiveness is not only a broom that leaves a pesky dustpan line of dirt and dust, but completely picks up everything and cleans to a standard higher than military drill sergeant’s cleanliness.

“Against you, [God] you only, have I sinned and done what is evil in your sight, so that you are proved right when you speak and justified when you judge. Surely I was sinful at birth, sinful from the time my mother conceived me. Surely you desire truth in the inner parts; you teach me wisdom in the inmost place. Cleanse me with hyssop, and I will be clean; wash me, and I will be whiter than snow… Create in me a pure heart, O God, and renew a steadfast spirit within me.” [Psalm 51:4-7, 10]

“Oh, what joy for those whose disobedience is forgiven, whose sin is put out of sight! Yes, what joy for those whose record the LORD has cleared of guilt, whose lives are lived in complete honesty!” [Psalms 32:1-2]

Baruch Atah Adonai [praise to You, O God] for forgiveness and the sacrifice of Jesus. Shalom Amen!

“For Christ did not enter into a holy place made with human hands, which was only a copy of the true one in heaven. He entered into heaven itself to appear now before God on our behalf. And he did not enter heaven to offer himself again and again, like the high priest here on earth who enters the Most Holy Place year after year with the blood of an animal. If that had been necessary, Christ would have had to die again and again, ever since the world began. But now, once for all time, he has appeared at the end of the age to remove sin by his own death as a sacrifice. [Hebrews 9:24-26]

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