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Easter Sunday: Passover–Deliverance

EasterIllustration:  “Easter,” by Marc Chagall, oil on canvas, 1968.

“But the angel said to the women, “Do not be afraid, for I know that you seek Jesus who was crucified.  He is not here, for he has risen, as he said. Come, see the place where he lay” (Matthew 28:5-6).

He is risen, He is risen, indeed! We can imagine the shouts of both women as they ran throughout the city. Jesus the Messiah has risen from the grave and is alive today! Because of this, we have the promise of eternal life. Hallelujah!

This should be the final message of the Passover meal. It is for this that the entire story of God’s deliverance is passed on from generation to generation. It is for the coming of the Messiah that God’s people pray in this meal. This meal should end with shouts of joy.  Our redemption is won!  He is risen indeed!

Sadly, that truth is still hidden from the hearts of most of those who share this meal. Every year they set a place for Elijah, and pour a cup of wine for him. The door is left ajar, and the children are sent out to see if he is coming. God’s Word tells us that Elijah will be back and announce that Messiah is come. But every year, the wine is untouched, the children are disappointed and the meal is finished on a note of empty hope. Maybe next year? Next year in Jerusalem?

What a joy that you can announce to them, “Elijah HAS come!”  Jesus declared that John the Baptist was “he of whom it is written, ‘Behold, I send my messenger before your face, who will prepare your way before you…and if you are willing to accept it, he is Elijah who is to come'” (Matthew 11:10,14).  That “Elijah” came to do one thing:  Point us to the Messiah, the Lamb of God who takes away the sin of the world.

It is my prayer that this series, and the artwork of Marc Chagall, has given you some things to meditate on and has blessed you.  I pray that through you many will be blessed.

Prayer:  Our Father in Heaven, thank You for this journey. Guard my steps as I walk on, and help me to be your witness to Jerusalem, Judea, Samaria and to the ends of the earth. In Y’shua’s name, Amen.

Ponder the path: Pray with me that the families who share this meal tonight and tomorrow will come to know that Elijah has come and that all people will believe in Y’shua our Messiah. For Jesus has made you His witness. Our journey is not yet at the end, for there are many on the path ahead of us.

If you would like some help in sharing your faith, call us at Burning Bush Ministries (or Congregation Chai v’Shalom) at (314) 645-4456. We have a gospel tract written especially for Jewish people who are celebrating Passover and other resources that you can use on your journey.

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Malachi Promises Return of Elijah

ElijahIllustration:  “Scenes from the Life of Prophet Elijah”, artist unknown, 1517.  This painting is a wall painting in the Carmelite Cloister in Frankfurt, Germany.

“But for you who fear my name, the sun of righteousness shall rise with healing in its wings. You shall go out leaping like calves from the stall.  And you shall tread down the wicked, for they will be ashes under the soles of your feet, on the day when I act, says the LORD of hosts” (Malachi 4:2-3).

The temple rebuilt, the wall restored, the people of God had returned to Jerusalem. But they did not turn back to God. Their religious practice had become meaningless ritual, not heartfelt expression. God sent one last word to His people who continued to await victory through the promised Messiah. Malachi prophesied the “day of the Lord,” when God would judge the “evildoers” and “those who revere My name.” The one would be set on fire, and the other would find joy in salvation through the sun of righteousness.

For those who listened, that prophecy must have caused great concern, for no one among them was righteous according to God’s law. They were all evildoers! Malachi concluded his proclamation by saying that the prophet Elijah would return and lead the people to change their hearts. After that, God was silent for 400 years. He let His people remember all the promises of 4,000 years of waiting and begin to see that God is more interested in our hearts than in our actions.

Prayer: There are times Lord, when You seem silent. Awaken me to Your promises and Your Holy Spirit so my heart can hear You calling me to “prepare the way for the LORD” (Isaiah 40:3). Amen.

As We Wait: As you wait for Messiah to come, what is the attitude of your heart? Is your spiritual life a stale ritual, or a celebration of the joy of salvation?

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