It’s Friday! Time to link up with Kate Motaung for the five minute writing challenge. Write for 5 minutes unedited on a specified topic. [OK .. I do edit .. I don’t think fast enough .. or type fast enough. But I’m making progress.]
This week’s prompt .. PASS
Passing the torch (our legacy) on to our children is vitally important. When I heard the prompt “Pass”, I was reminded of Passover and the post I wrote a few years ago on another blog. I’m afraid too many of us send too little time speaking the Good News to our children. We are commanded to speak of it ” again and again to your children. Talk about them when you are at home and when you are away on a journey, when you are lying down and when you are getting up again.”
I encourage you, if you are not already doing it, to take time each day to read scriptures together with your family. And when you are celebrating special events in worship, be sure to explain the whats and whys to your children. It’s the only way to pass the baton of Christianity on to them.
Passover ~ A Time to Build Your Legacy
Passover is not an antiquated ritual that needs to go by the wayside. It has great meaning in the lives of, not only the Jews, but Christians as well. You may ask “What is Passover?” I’m glad you asked because THAT is exactly what God wants us to ask.
If we turn our Bibles back to Exodus and read about that first Passover, we learn that God instructed Moses and the people to celebrate The Passover every year. God said that the children would ask, “What is Passover? Why do we do this?” And then they would have the opportunity to share how God saved them from the death angel that visited Egypt killing all the first born. BUT he “passed over” and did NOT kill those (the Israelites) who had the blood of a spotless lamb on their door posts.
Exodus 12:26-27 (NIV)
(26) And when your children ask you, ‘What does this ceremony mean to you?’
(27) 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.
Celebrating Passover preserves the heritage of the Jews. It keeps them from forgetting what God has done for them through all the ages. “But what does that have to do with us, as Christians?” you may ask. Oh, I am so glad you asked!
Jesus instructed us to do it. It was at Passover that Jesus met with His disciples in the upper room to share the Passover meal. He took that unleavened bread and the wine and told them to take these elements every year at Passover and remember what He, their Savior, was about to do. He was speaking of the sacrifice He was about to make on the cross for each of us. His blood, that was shed on the cross, covers our sins and saves us from the death we deserve.
Matthew 26:26-28 (NIV)
(26) While they were eating, Jesus took bread, gave thanks and broke it, and gave it to his disciples, saying, “Take and eat; this is my body.”
(27) Then he took the cup, gave thanks and offered it to them, saying, “Drink from it, all of you.
(28) This is my blood of the covenant, which is poured out for many for the forgiveness of sins.
Communion is the Christian’s “Passover Feast”. It is our time to remember what Christ did for us. It is our chance to tell our children and our children’s children how much God loves us and how he planned from the beginning of time to save us. And all that we need to do is apply His blood to our lives. If we are covered by the blood, then God forgives us of our sins and brings us into His family as a Child of God.
God has instructed us to tell our children about His love and His salvation every chance we get. So don’t miss the chance to build a legacy with your family. Share communion together whenever the opportunity arises. Don’t just partake of the elements but take the time to read from the Bible and share with your family the wonderful Good News.
Deuteronomy 6:7 (NLT) – Repeat them again and again to your children. Talk about them when you are at home and when you are away on a journey, when you are lying down and when you are getting up again.