Have you ever thought seriously about history? I mean, real
HiStory? History that involves rites as well as
governments, wars, migrations, industrial achievements, etc.
What is one of the oldest historical rites still celebrated
with a passion? I don’t mean habits and practices that are
endemic in almost all of mankind; I mean “rites.”
If there never was an Egypt; never was a pharaoh; never was
an Abraham and an Isaac and a tribe of Israelites, then
there would not be such a thing as “Passover.” So what is
it? Were there plagues in ancient Egypt? God’s Word, what
we call the Bible, lays out a fascinating scenario of
pharaohonic benevolence to a tribe called the Israelites.
Over a period of around 400 years, however, that benevolence
turned into distrust, anger, and finally slavery of the
tribe, now numbering in the hundreds of thousands.
A man by the name of Moses was called out to lead these
people out of slavery, out of Egypt and into another land.
This action, of course, raised great rankles in the house of
the Great Pharaoh – what would he do without a half million
free laborers? As might be expected, he was a bit
distraught and refused the request to “let His people go.”
Governments tend to be that way. As they continue to grow
toward obesity, enslaving their own people with growing
dependence, they rebel with a tightening noose.
So, to tempt the great man a bit, God laid a few plagues on
the country in an effort to convince him that this was a
proper response to “slavery.” He didn’t take the message
graciously. In fact, there were many more plagues levied,
each one a bit more severe – all with the same response –
until the final shoe fell: a plague of the death of all the
firstborn, man and beast. But a strange thing happened:
every Hebrew was told by God, through Moses and Aaron, to
sacrifice a lamb and paint its blood on their doorpost and
the Angel of Death would pass over that house. The next
morning the whole country was in utter anguish as death was
everywhere; everywhere, that is, except in the Hebrew
households that had obeyed the command of Almighty God.
Pharaoh’s household suffered the same fate as all the rest
and he finally conceded defeat and let God’s people go. All
the rest is history and that was the beginning of what today
is still observed in earnest by Hebrew families throughout
the world as Passover, and even by many Christians who feel
a kinship with their Jewish brethren through Christ, the
proclaimed Messiah. The solemnity of this observance is
incalculable; and, four thousand year old history. It was
intended as a symbol of the final act of God of the coming
Messiah, Who would be the final sacrifice for sin. Isaiah 53.
It would be many years before the Messiah would appear, but
He was prophesied throughout the Old Testament and in Isaiah
7:14 He was to be born of a virgin, no less, and in Micah
5:2 He was to be born in the city of Bethlehem. These, and
every other prophecy of Him in the Old Testament, came to
pass, even His death and resurrection. But before His death
by crucifixion, He observed the Passover with His disciples
and told them what was to come. This is HiStory, and, with
all history, one can either believe it or cast it off and
write one’s own. When you reject true history, you tend to
rewrite it to fit your own bias and insert misconceptions
and errors rendering “history” useless.
In this case, you can accept the observance of the Passover
as an important rite, and the Messiah, Jesus, the Christ,
“the way, the truth and the life,” as the very last blood
sacrifice required by God for sin. He gave Himself; His
body and His blood for the redemption of mankind.
The rest of the HiStory is His Resurrection from the dead.
And that is a true Celebration. He lives.