Experience and Celebrate the Power of Yeshua’s Resurrection
Dear Friends and Partners,
Each one of us, our families, our communities, our nation and the world are living in unprecedented days. This year, the celebration and remembrance of the Jewish Feast of Passover and the Christian Resurrection Day will look and feel very different. During this unusually quiet weekend, may we desire to know Christ as written in Philippians 3:10-11
…“I want to know Christ—yes, to know the power of his resurrection and participation in his sufferings, becoming like him in his death.” (NIV)
Thank you for your faithfulness to the work the LORD is doing through Operation Exodus USA. He is preparing us for the greater Aliyah that is upon us. Our prayer is that you will personally experience the power of Yeshua’s (Jesus in Hebrew) resurrection and all those whom you love and serve. Remember that Jesus came so that we may have life—life in its fullest measure. Our God is alive; let us rejoice, for HE IS RISEN!
Please read the following powerful Passover article prepared by our National Prayer Coordinator, Quay Messner.
President/CEO, Operation Exodus USA
“This day is to be a memorial for you…keep it as an eternal ordinance.” Exodus 12:14 TLV. And so, “this day”, the 14th of Nisan, according to the jewish calendar, has been kept by the Jews ever since their miraculous deliverance from bondage in Egypt. The celebration is centered at a table, with special edible symbols and a meal that makes them “re-live” the event.
“Do this in memory of Me.” Luke 22:19b TLV. The establishment of what Christians call “Communion” took place at the Passover table. As Christians, we participate in a mini Passover Seder whenever we “re-live” our miraculous deliverance from bondage through Communion.
“…[W]hen…your children ask, “What does this ceremony mean…You say, “It is the sacrifice of ADONAI’s Passover…” Exodus 12:26-27 TLV. Passover is His celebration — remembering and rejoicing in what He has done for us through the Lamb. The Jewish understanding is that each Jewish person spiritually experiences the first Passover as if he/she had been there. As Christians, we also understand that the work of Calvary is personal. The reality and power are released when we remember that we are not remembering a dead person or god, but the Living God.
Yet there is more to the story!
“And Pharaoh rose up in the night…Then he summoned Moses and Aaron…and said, “Up, go out from among my people, both you and the people of Israel; and go, serve the Lord…” Exodus 12:30-31 ESV
So, they went out! It truly was a miracle. But a few days later, they were in dire straits—trapped (by God’s design) and being pursued by Pharaoh and his powerful army. There was no hope in the natural. They were doomed, BUT GOD said…
“Don’t be afraid…see the salvation of ADONAI…” Exodus 14:13 TLV. The LORD appeared as a pillar of cloud and fire (The Holy Spirit), a spiritual barrier between His people and Pharaoh. The Red Sea was split by the power of God; the Israelites passed through; God drew the army of Pharaoh to pursue; the waters covered them—never to be seen again.
Resurrection Life for the Israelites! This event took place on the 17th day of Nisan—on the third day after leaving Egypt! The Red Sea event was a real-life symbol of the Resurrection! As believers, we are assured of victory over the enemy who pursues us.
We are grafted into the fullness of Passover. May the LORD bless His Jewish people as they celebrate—to come to full revelation—and may He bless us to appreciate more deeply the precious root that supports us (Romans 11:18).
National Prayer Coordinator, Operation Exodus USA