From Jim O'Brien
April 22, 2016

Hi Friend,

The God of History

One of the greatest phenomena the world has ever witnessed occurred over 3,500 years ago and is still remembered today. God took a small nation enslaved to the most advanced and powerful country the world had ever known and ripped off the bands of tyranny setting the slave nation free.

No other god had ever demonstrated such incredible power to accomplish such a noble purpose and it remains an unchallenged manifestation of the existence and goodness of God.

It has become a metaphor for what Jesus Christ does for His followers today. Mankind seems to embrace slavery. We are enslaved to debt, drugs, pornography, junk food and television. These slaveries are entered by choice and exited by war.

The miracle of Passover continued by the Passover Lamb is that God fights the battle for the oppressed against Pharaoh to gain freedom for those without hope. Israel had to do her part. It wasn't easy to pack all the family belongings onto a cart, herd the cattle, sheep and oxen together, prepare the food and "walk" to freedom. Besides, they had no weapons with which to oppose a well-trained, well-equipped army. They didn't even know where they were going. They only knew they were going OUT of slavery and they had to trust in a God they could not see.

The deep symbolism this represents for Christianity is unparalleled in any other events in history. Jesus was killed on Passover. He is our Passover Lamb. It is His blood spread across our doorposts that protects us from the death angel.

Understanding this, one can only wonder why all Christian churches don't celebrate Passover? The Good News is that one day all Christians will observe Passover. In keeping His last Passover on earth Jesus told His disciples "this is my blood of the new covenant, which is shed for many for the remission of sins....I will not drink of this fruit of the vine from now on until that day when I drink it new with you in My Father's Kingdom." (Matt. 26:28-29)

Imagine the time when Christians will keep the Passover with the Passover Lamb-who is then King of Kings!

The man whose great hope is to share in that meal with Jesus Christ tomorrow, can begin today.

Until next time,

Jim O'Brien