April 18, 2022 Bible Verse | Devotional Message & Prayer | Monday Daily Devotional Message
April 18, 2022 Bible Verse & Prayer
TOPIC: New Testament Passover
BIBLE VERSE FOR TODAY: “Herod the king … had James the brother of John executed with a sword … he proceeded to arrest Peter as well … (Now these were the days of Unleavened Bread.) … Intending only after the Passover to bring him before the people.” – Acts 12:1-4 NASB
April 18, 2022 Bible Verse | Devotional Message & Prayer
Some might think that Passover was just an Old Testament tradition. But the New Testament makes clear that the early church never stopped celebrating Passover – even after Jesus’ death and resurrection or His ascension into Heaven.
Those who believed in Him continued to gather to pray, learn, share what God had revealed to them, and preach the Gospel. But no one ever questioned the importance of the Passover. It remained central to their personal lives and all believers.
Important events took place during Passover. It was a meaningful day on the Jewish calendar. And it was an essential day for their relationship with God.
They were reminded that this day was special to Him. God Himself instituted this celebration. He called this “the Lord’s Passover” (Exodus 12:11). And He commanded that this be celebrated perpetually in all generations. The disciples knew that nothing had changed.
Through the centuries, many Christians have forgotten the importance of Passover. But it remains an important day on God’s calendar. It is filled with symbolic importance and is never to be forgotten.
Think about Passover and why it is so crucial to God. Seek to remember its principles. Be faithful to bring Him your special offerings as you observe this important time. Celebrate His faithfulness to you. And remember that Jesus is your Passover lamb.
PRAYER: Father, thank You for sending Jesus into the world. Thank You that He is my Passover lamb. In His name, amen.
EXTENDED READING: Acts 12
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