The Jewish people received the festivals from the hands of the Most High. In the Scriptures they are called “the festivals of the Lord” (Leviticus 23:1,2). God’s purpose for the celebration of all holidays was to set His nation free from everyday routine and vanity, for them to be able to enter the fullness of fellowship with the Holy One of Israel, and to know Him.
Pesach (from Hebrew Pasah – to pass over, to skip over or mercy; Greek – Paska). It is the name of the first commanded holiday. These are the days of recollection of events in the history of the Jewish people when God brought them out of slavery in Egypt. The book of Exodus (Shemot), one of the books in the Bible, tells us about these events,
“This is a day you are to commemorate; for the generations to come you shall celebrate it as a festival to the Lord – a lasting ordinance. ... It is the Passover sacrifice (Pesah) to the Lord, who passed over the houses of the Israelites in Egypt and spared our homes when he struck down the Egyptians” (Exodus 12: 14, 27).
The first and initial purpose of the Exodus is for God's people to come out of Egypt. The second and final purpose is to enter the Promised Land that was promised by the Lord to His people forever. Besides these, there were also purposes specified in the Scriptures, but the central point of Exodus is that Israel came out of Egypt, because she had a date in the wilderness, she came out to meet the Lord. The central point of the exodus was not the ten plagues or even the Passover night or even the crossing over of the Red Sea. The central point was the date with the Lord in the wilderness. And, if there was not this encounter, there would be no sense in exodus.
“Two men, Moses and Elijah, appeared in glorious splendor, talking with Jesus. They spoke about his departure, which he was about to bring to fulfillment at Jerusalem” (Luke 9:30-31).
About two thousand years ago an exodus took place and was the culmination of Pesach. It is about the Exodus that the Lord Yeshua accomplished, bringing Himself as the perfect redemptive sacrifice for all people. The death of the Passover Lamb and His redeeming blood became salvation not only for the Jewish people, but for all mankind. He has fulfilled the Father's will and it was a manifestation of God's incredible love to all people.
Our exodus is about coming out to meet God, our Father and our Bridegroom Yeshua. So, we could accept Father’s love and give Him an opportunity to embrace us by setting us free from everything that kept us in the slavery of an old master, satan. When the Lord Himself comes to meet us, love comes into our hearts with Him because our God is Love. If we know God, who is Love, then love in us overcomes every evil.
Intimacy with the Lord is more precious than life. David says, “You, God, are my God, earnestly I seek you; I thirst for you, my whole being longs for you, in a dry and parched land where there is no water. ... Because your love is better than life” (Psalm 61:1,3). The essence of God's mercy is in intimacy with Him.
When this purpose of the exodus or Pesach starts to be revealed for us, then we really open ourselves for the intimacy with God. We open ourselves for the desire to be with Him all the time, so that nothing can separate us from Him. So we can let our problems and fears go and run into His arms. The truth is that the Lord wants it much more than we do.