Discernment is a great gift. It often appears to be lacking today, as we live in a world where we are swamped with information. I am not a typcal Christian. Having spent a fairly substantial body of time in Israel and more particularly Jerusalem, I see things differently. I usually relate well to people from other cultures and religions and I do not walk into situations with a “How can I convert them?”mindset. My mindset has generally been, “I wonder why they think that way? What are they here to teach me?”
This has at times made me vulnerable but it has also made me sensitive to people’s ignorance and prejudice. It has often astonished me how many fail to recognise the fact that Jesus was a Jew. He is on record celebrating the Jewish festival of Passover for example. I have seen how strictly some Orthodox Jewish people observe Passover for myself.(I have witnessed the exciting celebrations of Purim in Jerusalem. I have seen people getting into trouble for failing to observe The Sabbath too, just as Jesus himself did.)
Passover is a festival Jesus himself, chose to honour and yet we Christians choose to ignore it. It is an amazing festival. It was an amazing event. God set his people free. God parted The Red Sea. Yet we choose to ignore this in favour of festivals,which Jesus himself, never called us to celebrate.
Today I choose to remember Passover and the the people who celebrate it.
17 Now on the first day of the Feast of Unleavened Bread the disciples came to Jesus, saying to Him, “Where do You want us to prepare for You to eat the Passover?”