Your surrounding world is in chaos. Strange things are happening all around you. Different leaders are saying different things and you have almost no idea who to believe.
You’re concerned about your livelihood. You wonder when life will get “back to normal” and you worry that it won’t.
Then, you hear it’s going to get worse before it gets better. This new leader tells you you’ve got to stay inside, and he’s got a list of other strange things you’ve got to do to prepare and protect your family. You want to trust him, but at the end of the day, you don’t really know him; what does he know?
You’re scared. You’re confused. You’re overwhelmed. You’re sad.
You’re forced to stay inside because it’s the only safe place for you and your family.
You’ve been inside for days.
No, I am not talking about COVID-19, I am talking about what the children of Isreal probably experienced during the time of the first Passover.
During Holy Week, Jews and Christians alike celebrate freedom and new life through Passover and Easter… but it’s easy to forget what that night might have actually felt like.
The Jewish people, still enslaved, waiting for the break of freedom that Moses promised, watched as the world around them fell into complete disarray over the course of the first 7 plagues. Then number eight, darkness, started to force them into their homes because every Jewish home, had light. Technically you could still walk outside to check on your livestock, but without flashlights, that sounds a little hard. The darkness lasted for days, by this point, I’m sure every Jewish home felt about as crazy as yours does right now.
Then Moses tells them about the ninth plague. That death is going to sweep over all of Egypt, there will be mourning in every house, but that God will protect them, if only they stay inside and observe a “pass-over” ritual. The mandate, given through Moses, was to take a lamb, sacrifice it and put its blood on the doorframe of their home so that the angel of death would pass over their family. They were instructed to be dressed in traveling clothes and bake bread but not taking the time to let it rise because they had to be ready to go when it was time.
This was a pivotal night in the Exodus story. They had lived as slaves for their entire lives and now freedom was on the horizon.
The Passover was a great in-between.
There’s always an in-between when it comes to freedom and that is where the hard stuff is: the trusting, the sacrifice, the fight, the struggle, the waiting.
I urge you to read the Exodus story as you get ready to celebrate the Easter story. It is filled with symbols and foreshadowing of what Jesus has done for us. It is a beautiful and intimate story of how God hears the cries of His children and sends a deliverer to save them. God asks them to trust Him and gives them detailed instructions so that they would be saved from death and delivered into freedom.
Jesus was celebrating the Passover with His disciples at the Last Supper. There are scholars that believe that when Jesus sat down at the Passover table that there might not have been a lamb on the plate. They were celebrating it a day early and may not have been able to get the lamb sacrificed at the Temple. I think it was on purpose – Jesus IS the lamb of God who takes away the sin of the world. It is His blood that covers us so that death (separation from God for now and all eternity) will “pass over” and we will be free from it forever.
There’s a lot that can enslave us these days: busy-ness, television, social media, drugs, alcohol, sex, selfishness, I could go on, but I think you get the point…
This weird time and place we’re in right now is an in-between time.
While you’re huddled in your home with your family, just like they were thousands of years ago, God wants to use this time to get you ready to experience more freedom than you ever have before.
The day is coming when all this will be over.
Yes, it will change the outside world but I believe God wants to use it to change your inner world as well. In this in-between, He wants to deepen your faith. He wants this time to deepen your trust in Him and be inspired to fight the good fight of faith. He wants to abide with you as you struggle in the uncomfortable space of the unknown future and bring Him the fear you daily deal with.
We will never forget how we celebrate Easter this year, that is for sure.
My prayer for you is that while you are in this “in-between” time, you will let God do a deep, wonderful, restoring work in you while you wait in it.
Kristin Chessrown is a young lady with a laser target focus on being who God has created her to be. She does not settle, will not bend to peer pressure while loving every person she comes in contact with. She has an innate ability to see untapped potential in others while celebrating who they are right this very minute. Kristin knows what it means to experience great loss as well as great intimacy with her loving Heavenly Father. You will be blessed by hearing her heart today. – Cindy Grasso