Not only is today Good Friday, tonight marks the beginning of Passover. The former, of course, means that Sunday is Easter. Both Easter and Passover, I think, are celebrations of freedom—freedom from slavery, freedom from the slavery and death of sin. I also think they speak to us of joy even in the midst of difficult, bitter, and dark times.
The removal of leavening agents from Jewish homes prior to the beginning of Passover has spiritual implications as well; leaven represents sin, spiritual hypocrisy, and according to some scholars (and one of my former chiropractors), even bitterness! In many Jewish households, the entire family scrubs the house so as to remove the leaven—yet even so, some may remain despite the most careful cleaning. This in and of itself seems to me to be a symbol not only of our inability, as humans, to be perfect, but God’s understanding this, and why it is so great that He offers us the grace to meet us halfway, so to speak!
I tend not to be online during major holidays, and so I want to wish everyone a wonderful Easter and Passover today. Also, I wish to share with you one of my favourite scenes from one of my favourite films—indeed, I think it is one of the most powerful moments in all of film. Whether one is a believer or not, it is difficult not to be touched by this scene from Ben-Hur. Unfortunately, I cannot embed it, but please do click over and watch. It speaks volumes.
May you all have a wonderful weekend, whichever holiday you celebrate (if not both, as some do), or if you observe none at all.