Holy week and the imposition of Covid restrictions
We are in the middle of Holy week and tomorrow we remember our Saviour being crucified and then rising from the dead on the third day. While I want that to be my focus on today’s posting, I cannot ignore what is going on in the world, not just concerning Corona but in asking which global reset (good or bad) is it to be? Yet the Easter story is strangely relevant when coming to terms with such events.
My own Christian background tended to put little store on special religious days, such as Christmas and Easter, but now I value these to help us to focus on the more important truths of the Christian gospel, like the incarnation, the atonement and the resurrection, especially when this is linked with Advent and Lent as times of sober reflection in preparation for celebrating those occasions. This is also the time of Jewish Passover, preceded by the Feast of Unleavened Bread and, given the choice, I would rather, these days, celebrate the Jewish feasts, which are biblical, than the Christian ones that are as a result of the Christianisation of what had been pagan festivals.
Passover and the events leading up to Easter day are nevertheless gloriously related and, in a paradigm, when much of the world had been experiencing lockdown, especially so now. During the original Passover, the Israelites, enslaved in Egypt, had to sacrifice a lamb and apply some of the blood over the doors of their houses, so when the Angel of death undertook his errand of judgement, when he saw the blood, he passed over and the firstborn sons of each Hebrew family, who were spared, while those of the Egyptians were slain. Having entered Jerusalem on a donkey on the (Palm) Sunday and acclaimed as king, we now on this day remember Jesus celebrating the Passover feast, with his disciples, and giving it a new meaning – the bread was symbolic of His body that would soon be sacrificed for them on the cross, and the cup represented His blood, that would be be shed for them on the Cross, when He was that sacrificial lamb.
The story that follows strikes at the heart of the Christian gospel. Jesus died on the cross on the Friday, not that He could not prevent this happening or turning the tables on those who wished his death. But He did so in order to redeem mankind (us) from sin, just like as what happened when the lamb was slain and the blood applied when the Israelites were in their enforced lockdown. If that was all, it would not have been enough. But on the Sunday Jesus rose triumphant over all that would keep mankind captive – sin, Satan and death. If nothing else, the empty tomb demonstrates the victory of Jesus and that whatever bad things are to happen in the world that God has the last word and in the end He wins. We are thus called upon to join God’s winning side and to follow the risen Christ.
Regarding Covid and the Great Reset championed by the bad guys (these two events are strangely related) opinions are divided as to what is going on. While not denying Covid and its untoward effects, nor wanting to overly lend credence to assorted “conspiracy theories” as to what is truly taking place, much of which I don’t know. But I believe there is an intent by a tiny, powerful elite to enslave the rest of humanity, using orchestrated events like Covid lockdown, mandatory vaccines and other ways to control the masses in order to bring about a nefarious New World Order, and thus enslave humanity. We face a not so dissimilar situation to that of the Children of Israel just prior to them fleeing Egypt to a live in a land God promised to their forefather, Abraham. Sadly, for me, I cannot in all conscience attend “church” to celebrate Easter (my favourite service given He is risen) while at the same time acquiesce to our slavery and adopt unnecessary restrictions imposed by NWO pawns.
I confess at often being bemused by and feeling helpless because of events rapidly unfolding in the world today, many of which are in defiance to the edicts of the Almighty, but I will be rejoicing both in the Hebrew understanding of what happened around this time, when their ancestors were freed from bondage by the Lord’s mighty hand, as well as the Christian one when Jesus died and rose from the dead to set us free – and in both Hebrew and Christian contexts to bring about the salvation (deliverance) of God’s people.
5 Let this mind be in you, which was also in Christ Jesus:
6 Who, being in the form of God, thought it not robbery to be equal with God:
7 But made himself of no reputation, and took upon him the form of a servant, and was made in the likeness of men:
8 And being found in fashion as a man, he humbled himself, and became obedient unto death, even the death of the cross.
9 Wherefore God also hath highly exalted him, and given him a name which is above every name:
10 That at the name of Jesus every knee should bow, of things in heaven, and things in earth, and things under the earth;
11 And that every tongue should confess that Jesus Christ is Lord, to the glory of God the Father.