Guest Post by Sarah Mebasser. Sarah and her husband Emmanuel are Jewish believers in Jesus. They have two children, Jonah and Elorah, and have been a part of Lighthouse for about 3 years. Sarah shared this reflection at the Easter gathering in April. Sarah and two other mothers from Lighthouse will share stories and faith on Mother's Day this year.
At Lighthouse we talk a lot about the narrative of faith—about how we’re all characters in a story whose central character is God. And the primary plot of that story is redemption—the plan that God enacted from the beginning of the world to save us and reunite us with himself.
At Easter, we look back at the main turning point in God’s story—the moment when Jesus rose from death and conquered sin, giving each of us the opportunity to be forgiven of our sins and regain a relationship with Him.
As Jewish believers in Jesus, our family has a special way of celebrating Easter. This past week was not only Passion week for us, but also Passover—Pesach in Hebrew. We began the week with a special meal, called a seder, during which we retold the story of how God, with Moses’s help, led our people out of slavery in Egypt and (eventually) into the Promised Land. As Jews, this story is pivotal to our identity—it is the moment when God displayed His mighty power on our behalf—showing us and the rest of the world that He was for us.
But as believers in Jesus, we know that the Passover story was only a foreshadowing of God’s even greater plan to rescue not only the Jewish people, but all people. At the Passover Seder, we have a lamb’s shank bone on the table. It reminds us of the lamb that each Israelite family had to sacrifice on their last night in Egypt in order to be passed over by the Angel of Death. It reminds us that sacrifice is a necessary part of redemption. As believers in Jesus, we talk about how the Passover lamb was a foretelling of what Jesus—the Messiah –would do for us when he came—how he would spill his own blood as the perfect, forever sacrifice—so that not only Jewish people, but all people could receive forgiveness of their sin, and be “passed over” by death—that we could all have the opportunity to live forever in relationship with God.
Celebrating Passover and Easter remind me that I’m part of a story that is bigger than me—a story that has been going on for thousands and thousands of years. It reminds me that my God is faithful throughout all time, and that He is still writing His story of redemption on our hearts today—if we’ll accept Him and allow His sacrifice to be the turning point in our own stories.