As Passover rapidly approaches, the world finds itself in a difficult place. With the coronavirus continuing its spread, people are struggling to find peace and hold onto hope. But just like the days of the Exodus from Egypt, when the children of Israel wrestled with perilous circumstances and were enslaved in Egypt for hundreds of years, we will celebrate this Passover as a day to remember God's faithful hand of liberation and redemption.
The festival of Passover commemorates the liberation of the Israelites from slavery in ancient Egypt. This year Passover will start on April 8th and it comes at a time when more than ever, we need to remember that God is in control and his powerful hand of redemption is watching over His people.
Even as we celebrate this year's feast separated from other people and surrounded by turmoil, let this be a time to look back at God's faithfulness and celebrate the coming restoration of the world.
“I will bring you out from under the burdens of the Egyptians, I will rescue you from their bondage, and I will redeem you with an outstretched arm and with great judgments… Then you shall know that I am the Lord your God who brings you out from under the burdens of the Egyptians…” Exouds 6:6–7
During this pandemic, we need God more than ever, so at this season let us turn our hearts towards Him and as it says in the Psalms, "Be still, and know that He is God".
The Jewish Sages give us this exhortation, "In each and every generation and on each and every day, every man is obligated to see himself as if he had gone out from Egypt on that very day."
This Passover season let us come together in spirit, to commemorate the miraculous redemption of Israel coming out of Egypt, and the future redemption when Messiah comes.