Remembering Jesus’ Victory on the Cross
When you enter the land that the Lord will give you as he promised, observe this ceremony. And when your children ask you, ‘What does this ceremony mean to you?’ then tell them, ‘It is the Passover sacrifice to the Lord, who passed over the houses of the Israelites in Egypt and spared our homes when he struck down the Egyptians.’” Then the people bowed down and worshiped. Exodus 12:25-17
Considering the story of the Israelite family just before they became a nation is fitting as we begin our devotional journey through this Easter season. God rescued the Israelites from their Egyptian captors, and as He did, God challenged them to set aside a time of remembering how God rescued them from captivity. Moses instructed the Israelites to recall and observe the Passover ceremony as a regular tradition to remind them of God’s victorious triumph over their enemies. Once they arrived at their new home, in their new place of identity and purpose, they were to still take time every year to remember the work that God did to give them new hope and new life.
In our modern day, we celebrate the Easter season, often referred to as Lent. Beginning with Ash Wednesday and continuing through Easter Sunday, we take time to remember how Jesus defeated the power of sin and death through His sacrifice on the cross. Jesus gave us a new hope and a new identity as His children, adopted forever into the family of God. We are now more than conquerors (Romans 8:27), coheirs with Christ (Romans 8:17) and part of His royal priesthood (1 Peter 2:9). In Matthew 5, followers of Jesus are also called the salt of the earth and light to a dark world. Our identity in God is something to be both thankful for and to not take lightly!
As we begin this journey through the next few weeks, let us remember who Jesus is, why He came, and who we are as His beloved followers. Just as God was victorious in the lives of the Israelites, He can and will be victorious in our own lives if we give Him control over our hearts, minds, and circumstances. That victory may not look like the world thinks it should—fame, fortune, success, etc. Even so, we can have great victory by abiding in His presence—peace that passes understanding, hope in trying times, joy unspeakable, and confidence birthed from His unconditional love.
Today’s Prayer: Jesus, as I start this journey through the Easter season, I want to remember Your victory through the cross to give me new life. I am thankful that You have given me a new hope and new identity. I pray that You would point out areas where I need to surrender more to You in order to experience Your presence in deeper ways. In Jesus’ name, Amen.