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Thursday, April 17, 2014

TBT Throw Back Thursday This Day in History: Passover and Easter Holy Week to Resurrection


On this Throw Back Thursday, TBT, it is a special Holy week edition.  While, Holy Week is often associated with the Catholic Church and Lent, Passover is also being celebrated. And, one Holy Week thousands of  years ago, Passover had just been celebrated by Jesus and His disciples when the events that would change the world began to transpire.

The Jewish Faith remembers the Passover, when the Jewish people were freed from slavery. After God sent several plagues to Egypt to convince Pharaoh to let His people go, the final plague would do the trick.  The final plague came with a warning and instruction to the Israelites, to place blood of a lamb on their doorposts. That night, when the death angel arrived in Egypt, if the death angel saw the blood on the doorposts, he would pass over that household. However, grief came to the households of those without the lamb's blood, because the first-born son of each household without the blood was killed.

After this, Pharaoh let God's people go, free from slavery.  But, they wetre sent off in a hurry, with no time for even their bread to rise.  That is why God commanded them to remember Passover each year by purging the leaven (yeast) from their houses and not eating anything with yeast in it for 7 days.

The traditional Seder meal takes place during Passover, and each part of the meal holds a special remembrance.

Christians believe that the symbols of Passover pointed to Jesus Christ, who has fulfilled these prophecies.
Those of the Jewish faith believe that there is still a savior and an Elijah yet to come.

In Christian households this week, the Holy Week of Easter (or some prefer the term Resurrection Sunday) is being celebrated.  The week typically includes a Thursday evening communion service, which is symbolic of the original Passover that Jesus attended before heading out to the Garden of Gethsemane, where he wept and prayed that the salvation of mankind could transpire some other way.  In the end, He would be obedient to the Will of his Father, God, and be brought before Pilate, tried and convicted for blasphemy claiming to be the Son of God, and finally crucified between two thieves. Christians honor this as Good Friday.

BUT, THAT IS NOT THE END OF THE STORY

Sometime before dawn on Sunday morning, the first day of the week, the Bible tells us that two women came to the tomb where Jesus was laid after his death. But, when they arrived there was an angel awaiting them who asked them:

WHY DO YOU SEEK THE LIVING AMONG THE DEAD.  HE IS NOT HERE. HE IS RISEN, JUST AS HE SAID!

BUT, THAT IS NOT EVEN THE END OF THE STORY

Christians also celebrate Jesus' transfiguration and ascension into the heavenly realms where He now sits, on the right hand of His Father God, pleading for us and our salvation - For those who believe and call on the name of Jesus.

This Throw Back Thursday is a great time to remember your faith with special activities and devotions with your children and family.

Take a break from logging core subjects to give complete focus and reverence in jubilation to what Jesus Christ, our Savior, has done for us!

HE IS RISEN...

HE IS RISEN, INDEED!

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