Remember Me

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.

In Christ.

The handmaid at His feet.

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One Response to Remember Me

  1. Esaias says:

    A great message and reminder that this season is about the lifting up of Christ in our hearts, and not the lifting up of ourselves in self-congratulatory religious experience and expressions. We bewail the chief priests and scribes, custodians of the law and ministers of tradition, for their calumny and vitriol against the Savior during a solemn period when he should have been most hallowed and honored amongst them. Yet has anything changed in two thousand years? Do we not likewise honor the sacrifice of ceremony, the religious affectations of fasting and ritualistic observance of holy week and the litanies of the communion and festivities of Easter, while dishonoring this very same Christ in the deep seeded manifestations of our hearts, in the calumny of our minds, and in the very expressions of our behavior towards one another, which remain sorely lacking in the purity of love He demanded when He said, without the ambiguity of parable or the floweriness of poetry, “As I have loved you, so love ye one another”?

    Is this not instead a time not of rising up, but of sitting down, in the dust of self-reflection, and in the ashes of self-mortification, to learn how far we are from the Cross, to wail and entreat the father in the Son to enable us and draw us closer, no matter the cost to us, and to re-dedicate ourselves not to stern rites of religion, but meekly to the bleeding Heart of Christ?

    May God be merciful unto us.

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