Christians all over the world are observing Passion Week in some form or another. Passion Week is the week leading up to Easter/Resurrection Sunday. It begins on Palm Sunday. During Passion Week, the significance of different aspects of Jesus’ life, walk, fellowship with His disciples, His betrayal, conviction, scourging, carrying His cross, and crucifixion are remembered, explored, commemorated, etc.
It is an important remembrance.
As I thought about the events that Christians/believers remember/commemorate, the observance of Passover came to mind.
According to the Bible, Passover is explained as:
Exodus 12 – Speak ye unto all the congregation of Israel, saying, In the tenth day of this month they shall take to them every man a lamb, according to the house of their fathers, a lamb for an house: And if the household be too little for the lamb, let him and his neighbour next unto his house take it according to the number of the souls; every man according to his eating shall make your count for the lamb.Your lamb shall be without blemish, a male of the first year: ye shall take it out from the sheep, or from the goats: And ye shall keep it up until the fourteenth day of the same month: and the whole assembly of the congregation of Israel shall kill it in the evening.
7 And they shall take of the blood, and strike it on the two side posts and on the upper door post of the houses, wherein they shall eat it. And they shall eat the flesh in that night, roast with fire, and
unleavened bread; and with bitter herbs they shall eat it. Eat not of it raw, nor sodden at all with water, but roast with fire; his head with his legs, and with the purtenance thereof. And ye shall let nothing of it remain until the morning; and that which remaineth of it until the morning ye shall burn with fire. And thus shall ye eat it; with your loins girded, your shoes on your feet, and your staff in your hand; and ye shall eat it in haste: it is the Lord’s passover.
This, and many other passages in the Old Testament, depict just how important The Feast of Passover is. It’s purpose. It’s significance.
Which is why these verses from Luke 22 really caused me to examine myself.
Luke 22: 1-2
Now the feast of unleavened bread drew nigh, which is called the Passover. And the chief priests and scribes sought how they might kill him; for they feared the people.
Here was the time of the Feast of Passover approaching. A time of somber reflection. A time of thanksgiving to God. Yet, here were the chief priests and scribes, the religious leaders, the “holy men”, plotting to kill Jesus
I marvel at this because, the Passover, just like the Holy Week, are very serious and significant observances. The goal, to me, is to remember not only what happened during the time that we are keeping in rememberance, but the ‘why’. In addition to the “why”, there’s another very important consideration: What does that mean to “me”? What does
this event, that I’m commemorating, do for me personally? How does it affect me? How is it supposed to affect “me”? What is the personal message in here for me?
So, if this type of reflection is supposed to be going on/was going on with the chief priests and scribes, how can “plotting to kill” someone even come up?
How can hatred, unforgiveness, intolerance, resentment, wickedness, malice, selfishness, wrath, self-centerdness, etc, even have room to thrive in us, at all, during these holy observances?
Yet they do! Actively. Naturally. Abundantly. Unremorsefully.
So, if that’s the case, what is the purpose of our observance?
It’s very easy to acknowledge, during this period the sacrifice that God made for us. It is easy to acknowledge that Jesus died for our sins. It is easy to commemorate the “ceremony” of this season. But, let us ask ourselves, brethren, are we allowing the “Purpose” of the season have effect in us? Are we considering it’s significance to us personally? Is the reason for the season, meaning, the essence of the sacrifice doing something in us?
Are we, in the midst of the “observance” receiving and surrendering to the reason behind what we observe?
Or are we, like the Chief Priests and scribes, the religious people, through our refusal and resistance to understand the essence of His sacrifice, and the acceptance of the way we observe it as the right way, looking for a way to kill Him?
It’s a consideration worth making. A question worth asking. If the Truth is really important to us.
Now unto him that is able to keep us from falling, and to present us faultless before the presence of his glory with exceeding joy. To the only wise God our Saviour, be glory and majesty, dominion and power, both now and ever. Amen.
The handmaid at His feet.