Passover—the Festival of Freedom—is the annual retelling of the Exodus commemorating Israel’s deliverance from Egyptian slavery and oppression. The Hebrew word for Passover is Pesah, which means protection.
This pivotal event is called Passover because the angel of death—the last of ten plagues sent by God against Egypt—passed over the homes of the Israelites whose doorposts were covered with the blood of the sacrificed lamb.
As we face a COVID-19 plague, sent by the enemy—not by God—the 2020 Passover festival takes on new significance for God’s people. The enemy has unleashed a deadly plague on the world. BUT God can and will use it to deliver us from our present bondage to things we may not realize have enslaved us—little gods and idols that are being revealed to us during this Passover Pause and Reset.
A Second Passover is taking place in 2020—and it begins this week!
Rather than give way to fear and frustration, we are empowered to take authority over this virus and its fallout through the blood of the ultimate Passover Lamb—Jesus Christ.
Just as the Israelites anointed their doorposts with the blood of a lamb, we sense an urgency to anoint our doorposts with oil during this Passover season and raise our voices to declare God’s goodness—
I anoint the doorposts of my house with the blood of the Lamb of God, who takes away the sin of the world.
I declare that I and my household are covered in and protected by the blood of Jesus.
I declare that the angel of death will pass over us.
I declare that we are being delivered out of bondage into freedom!
I declare that we have triumphed by the blood of the Lamb and by the word of our testimony.
(Revelation 12:11 personalized)
Passover’s eight day festival begins at sundown on April 8 and lasts through April 16 of this year. This enduring tradition among the Jews has been passed down in an unbroken chain of tradition for over 3300 years—more than 100 generations!
It is time for the church to pick up this lost piece of our heritage in Christ!
Jesus’ final gathering with his disciples was the celebration of the Passover, which we often refer to as the Last Supper.
How might God be inviting the body of Christ today to engage in this extraordinary experience of renewing and remembering His goodness and deliverance through the Passover?
Blessed are You, Lord our God, King of the universe, who has granted us life, sustained us, and enabled us to reach this occasion. (Traditional Passover Blessing)
What has God been revealing to you in this season?
How is He inviting you personally to engage in Passover this year?
What Passover sacrifice might God desire you to make?
Where is He offering you personal exodus from bondage into true freedom?
Suggestions for going deeper with God—
- Revisit the story of Passover and the exodus of His people out of Egypt by reading Exodus 12.
- Research the significance and meaning of the Passover Seder.
- Remind yourself of God’s enduring love and deliverance by reading Psalm 136.
- Write your own psalm of Thanksgiving to God for His faithful love toward you and yours.