The First Remembered | by Scott Randall
Holy Week Devotional: Thursday, April 9, 2020
The group of men tugged hard on the rope around the cow’s neck, and eventually they prevailed, pulling it off the back of the delivery truck and onto the gravel lot below our Middle Eastern apartment’s kitchen window. After they pushed it over onto its side, we watched as they held down the legs and turned the head of the animal to expose the neck. One man took a long knife and drew it across the veins, splitting them open, and draining the cow’s life into the dusty spaces between the rocks. Within a couple minutes, the struggle was over. It was disturbing. And hard to forget.
Moses says in this passage that offering or redeeming the firstborn is a reminder, “like a sign on your hand and a symbol on your forehead.” Your children will ask, “What does this mean?” The answer is that blood was spilled and that it was part of the means to freedom for God’s oppressed people.
Tonight we remember the Last Supper -- Jesus breaking the Passover bread as his body would be broken, and making a new covenant with his own blood, soon to be poured out. We remember that he is our perfect lamb, setting free the new people of God.
Practical Application: It’s easy to get caught up in our present troubles and forget the magnitude of Jesus’ suffering. Meditating on this is fruitful and grounds us to God’s love. Several months ago in a prayer time, a friend thanked Jesus for each of the ways his body was broken, from the garden to his last breath.
Let’s find ways to remind ourselves of how his love translated into suffering, and as appropriate, impress them on our children. Let us not lose the ability to wonder at all that God has done for us in the hours leading up to and on the cross.