Blessed Easter Season to you. April is a big month for our ministry, and I’ll plan to go into more depth in the newsletter, but April 1, Easter Sunday, is during Passover celebrating the deliverance of the Jewish people from slavery in Egypt. That’s no surprise as we know that Jesus’ death and resurrection were accomplished during this festival. It is these events that are the fulfillment of the prophetic events of the Exodus. Our Passover Seder this year hosted over 112 guests, both Jewish and non-Jewish, and both those who celebrated this fulfillment and those who as yet, do not believe. At the end of every Seder, everyone joyfully cries out, “Next Year in Jerusalem,” expressing the ancient hope and the modern aspiration of returning to Jerusalem. And those of us who have received the deliverance from sin that Messiah effected, express the sure hope that we will celebrate together in the New Jerusalem too.
But that doesn’t keep me from wanting to be in Jerusalem now. It is a beautiful city filled with wonderful people and cultures. But it is a city that is constantly reminded that the world and those in it are full of disdain for this city, country and people. A Jewish lady who is a friend of mine often commiserates about the world’s antipathy for the Jews. Her plaintive refrain is often, “Why does the world hate the Jews so much?” And the only answer I can give is that the prince of this world, Satan, hates the Jews because it was the King of the Jews who gave him his greatest defeat. Since that historic Passover, Satan has taken his rage out against both the ethnic and the spiritual family of Jesus.
April 11 is Yom HaShoah, or Holocaust Remembrance Day. The determined refrain of this day is “Always remember. Never again.” In Israel, sirens are heard and everything stops in remembrance of this tragedy that in many ways, led to the establishment of Israel. It is a Jewish homeland that is thought to be a place of safety in the world. Yet, the world’s attack on this place of safety is clear evidence of Satan’s rage, but he is more subtle than even this. For he continues to blind many of those who survived and those of us who came after to the reality of a holocaust to come in the time to come. We are blessed to be able to serve many holocaust survivors, though their numbers are dwindling. Please keep praying that their eyes would be opened to the truth, that they would truly find their peace in Messiah Y’shua.
May the peace of God, which surpasses all understanding, guard your hearts and minds in Messiah, Y’shua!