We are in the month on Nissan, the first month of the Biblical calendar. This is the month in which Jews and Gentiles celebrate Passover and the Biblical story of the Exodus from Egypt. But the story of Passover is a foreshadowing of an even greater Exodus that God had planned…an exodus from the bondage of sin and pride. Just as the Hebrews were lost to slavery in Egypt, man too, since the Garden of Eden, has been lost. Each one of us has walked enslaved in our own “personal Egypt.” We have lived in rebellion and disobedience, serving false gods and vain pursuits, and acting only in our own self-interest, but God has extended His hand of mercy to us all, calling us back into right relationship with Him. The Word says that without the shedding of blood there can be no remission of sin (Hebrews 9:22; Leviticus 17:11). The shed blood of the lamb in Egypt foreshadowed the ultimate sacrifice of the Lamb of God. Yeshua the Messiah laid down His life for the salvation and deliverance of the whole world. Just as the those who feared God’s Name smeared the lamb’s blood on the doorpost and lintels of their homes in Egypt, so too, we symbolically apply the blood of our Sacrificed Lamb, Yeshua, to the spiritual doorpost and lintels of our hearts. As we make this declaration, we boldly proclaim to the world that we are in covenant relationship with the Only True and Living God.
This is the reason that God chose the month of Nisan to begin the Biblical calendar. He wanted the first thing we recounted about His goodness to be: REDEMPTION. At Passover, we remember the Lord’s deliverance in mercy, kindness, power, faithfulness, and unfailing love. The Passover season, therefore, represents the genesis of ALL things. The genesis of the birth of the nation of Israel, and the genesis of the birth of freedom for the whole world, Jew and Gentile alike. Through the blood of Yeshua, we are new creations. This Passover let us rejoice as we worship the One who has the power to make ALL THINGS NEW (Rev. 21:5)!