I stepped out to the deck, it all sparkles with frost on the railing ledges in the cold pre-dawn. The moon sends light in the clear dark sky.
The moon draws me this time of year. In its waning cycle now, it will take its time toward full round in less than a month. And then it will be Passover.
With fascination and memory, I watch the progress of the moon this time of year as it grows small, disappears and then starts to grow large again. Science books would explain its rotation and the shadows that block my view, but let me simply enjoy the beauty and mystery of it.
I watch the night sky with anticipation, the moon cycle signaling the Passover season which falls close to the holiday of Easter.
The first day of Passover is always a full moon. And my mind wanders back thousands of years to the first Passover when the Israelites prepared lambs for supper and brushed blood on their doorposts, following instructions they didn’t fully understand yet.
A scene from the classic movie, The Ten Commandments staring Charlton Heston as Moses, comes to mind. It is the night of Passover and the moon glows full and bright. What appears to be the shadow of death begins to move slowly toward Egypt. In this particular scene, the shadow blocks the moon for a few seconds as it pushes forward.
I wonder what it was like that fateful night, the people of God shut in their humble slave dwellings, covered by the blood, eating lamb, bitter herbs and unleavened bread while they waited for something. Did they know this was the night of their deliverance?
Passover was God’s object lesson of what was coming. It was the shadow of the real and tangible Savior of the world, Jesus. The people would wait long for the promised Messiah, and He would come.
The anticipation of Passover carries me toward the season of remembrance. Remembering the promise of a Lamb that God alone would provide for the redemption of the world.
This perfect Lamb would provide our freedom. Do we know this? Do we recognize it? Do we remember it? Have we accepted Him as our own Deliverer?
“For Christ, our Passover lamb, has been sacrificed.”
— 1 Corinthians 5:7
Observe the moon set in its orbit by our creator God. He is the One who promises, and He is faithful to do what He says.