For the Generations to Come
Today’s Scripture Selection: Exodus 12:14
It took a lot to convince Pharaoh to let God’s people go – to say the least.
Miracles, Plagues, a river of blood, frogs, gnats, flies, locusts, darkness, death – no wonder Hollywood has had such fun immortalizing the evident on the Big Screen.
But it is the Passover – the celebration of God’s protection in the midst of hard-heartedness, rebellion, and the death and the destruction that resulted from it – this Passover is what remains to this day as a memorial to God’s saving action.
I like how it is put, concerning this commemoration.
“…for the generations to come…”
We are to celebrate it as a lasting ordinance.
We must not forget.
We must not take it for granted.
We must not think we somehow “deserved” it.
We must not treat it as mere religious ritual – something we do so we don’t get in trouble with God.
And the Christian must see in it the portent of another sacrifice, on a cross, for all humanity.
Nearing Christmas, we focus on the birth of the Savior. It’s difficult to think about plagues, and death, and sacrifice.
But that is at the heart of the story that began in Egypt a long time ago, the story that ends with an empty tomb on Easter.
From Egypt, to Bethlehem, to Golgotha, to Easter morning – for all the generations to come – we must remember and give thanks.