When we think about the Passover we think about the terrible ordeal of the Jewish people as they were enslaved in Egypt.
We think of the mistreatment, beatings, and atrocities that they received at the hands of the Egyptians.
Then it switches to the deliverance. Moses taking the people to the promised land and the joy of escape coupled with the hope of the future.
As Christians we remember at this season the atrocities that Jesus Christ suffered at the hands of horrible men. The whipping, slapping, punching and eventually the nailing of Jesus to the cross and His death.
Three days later we celebrate as our Lord has risen from the dead. With that we now have hope that because He lives, we also that have asked Him to save us will be saved and live with Him for all eternity.
In both cases there is pain and suffering and then there is the blessed redemption.
This season I hope you will turn your eyes and attention to Payatas . It is one of, if not the poorest places in the Philippines. Many families are broken as fathers become drunkards and drug addicted and mothers try to hold on to the family. They struggle for food , clothes and shelter and everyday is an evil one for them. The children are the hardest hit as they suffer hunger, lack of education and even worse, lack of hope for the future.
Now we are looking for the redemption. Who will be the Moses that leads them out? Who will act as Jesus has done and have mercy on them here.
The Bible said: Mat 25:34 Then shall the King say unto them on his right hand, Come, ye blessed of my Father, inherit the kingdom prepared for you from the foundation of the world:
Mat 25:35 For I was an hungred, and ye gave me meat: I was thirsty, and ye gave me drink: I was a stranger, and ye took me in:
Mat 25:36 Naked, and ye clothed me: I was sick, and ye visited me: I was in prison, and ye came unto me.
Mat 25:37 Then shall the righteous answer him, saying, Lord, when saw we thee an hungred, and fed thee? or thirsty, and gave thee drink?
Mat 25:38 When saw we thee a stranger, and took thee in? or naked, and clothed thee?
Mat 25:39 Or when saw we thee sick, or in prison, and came unto thee?
Mat 25:40 And the King shall answer and say unto them, Verily I say unto you, Inasmuch as ye have done it unto one of the least of these my brethren, ye have done it unto me.
Have you ever given a thought that some of these in need are here to prove who you are?
This season let’s try to focus on those who are still waiting for redemption.