“This month shall be for you the beginning of months. It shall be the first month of the year for you.”
Interesting how God marks the Passover. Before He gives the instructions that will protect Israel from this plague, instructions that foreshadow the protective, saving covering of Christ’s blood shed on the cross, He makes this declaration: This month shall be for you the beginning of months.
God is establishing something new here. Marked by the fulfillment of His promise, the deliverance of His people. Or perhaps it’s more appropriate to say, the salvation and deliverance of His people.
Saved from judgment and death. Delivered from slavery into a new life that begins now, tangibly marked by the establishment of a new yearly calendar.
A new beginning in freedom, each year a reminder of God’s faithfulness and power to save.
Our calendar holds a similar testimony. The current historical record revolves around the birth of Christ, the fulfillment of this picture as our Passover Lamb. The Lamb of God, who takes away the sin of the world (John 1:29).
On a personal level, though, my heart is drawn to another parallel. The Israelites’ Passover marked the beginning of new days for them, removed from the ways of their old life in captivity.
Does God not mark our Passover the same?
Upon our personal, individual decision to trust in the sacrifice of Christ – essentially covering the doorposts of our soul with His shed blood, believing that He will save and that only He can – our days are made new.
Delivered from the domain of darkness into the kingdom of God’s beloved Son, our Promised Land in which we will be established forever (Colossians 1:13-14; Jeremiah 32:40-41).
Our old life buried with Jesus’ crucified body, we are raised with Him to walk in the newness of free and abundant life (Romans 6:4-8).
Everything begins anew. It all starts here. The continual process of sanctification – the Spirit of God now dwelling inside us, faithfully transforming us step by step into ever-increasing glory. To become like our Savior.
The life that was, is no longer. Because God is now with us. The chains no longer bind us, though we falter and try to bind ourselves again as the Israelites considered returning to Egyptian slavery. But even in this, our God is faithful. He will not abandon, and He will shout our deliverance over us (Psalm 32:7).
Once we have been saved and delivered into the Promised Land, we will not be cast out. The old is gone forever. This is our new day. It might not be recalled with a literal date of new beginning – but it is just as real and just as decisive nonetheless.
There are many “new beginnings” in our story, as God brings us into new chapters. But this was the start.
Our Passover Lamb.
Sent directly from God Most High to save and deliver His people, bringing them into a new life of freedom, hope, and victory. From darkness into light. And this is where we will stay.
“Tell all the congregation of Israel that on the tenth day of this month every man shall take a lamb according to their fathers’ houses, a lamb for a household…Your lamb shall be without blemish, a male a year old…and you shall keep it until the fourteenth day of this month, when the whole assembly of the congregation of Israel shall kill their lambs at twilight. Then they shall take some of the blood and put it on the two doorposts and the lintel of the houses in which they eat it. They shall eat the flesh that night, roasted on the fire; with unleavened bread and bitter herbs they shall eat it…
The blood shall be a sign for you, on the houses where you are. And when I see the blood, I will pass over you,
and no plague will befall you to destroy you, when I strike the land of Egypt.”
Exodus 12:3, 5-8, 13
“Now as they were eating [the Passover], Jesus took bread, and after blessing it broke it and gave it to the disciples, and said, ‘Take, eat; this is my body.’ and He took a cup, and when He had given thanks He gave it to them, saying, ‘Drink of it, all of you, for this is my blood of the covenant, which is poured out for many for the forgiveness of sins.’”