Today is the beginning of Passover, the annual festival that celebrates the liberation of the Hebrews from slavery in Egypt. Special foods will be eaten that will remind the people of the bitterness of slavery (bitter herbs), the harshness of life under oppression (hard boiled eggs dipped in salt water), and the joy of release (unleavened bread and wine). Every aspect of the festival reminds the people that God is their liberator and the One who is victorious over the oppressor.
Today is also Good Friday, the day Jesus died as our Passover Lamb. Through Christ, we have the promise of release from oppression and victory over the Oppressor.
Today, think of those who are still experiencing the bitterness of slavery and the harshness of life under oppression; think of those who are being sacrificed to the idol of greed and who are nailed to the cross of profit; and pray that they will find hope and joy as they await release through the mighty hand and outstretched arm of Almighty God.
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