Read Exodus 12
Focus on verse 11
As I write this, we are preparing our home for the return of some of our adult children along with a few grandchildren. It is our goal to be ready before they arrive, and it currently appears that the preparations are progressing according to schedule. We have done our best to think through all that needs to be done, but I fully expect that when the day arrives we may realize that we missed thing or two, which makes me wonder if one can truly be 100% ready for anything.
In today’s reading the Hebrew slaves are preparing to leave Egypt as free people. They are instructed to prepare carefully and to be ready to go “with haste”.
In this manner you shall eat it: with your belt fastened, your sandals on your feet, and your staff in your hand. And you shall eat it in haste. It is the Lord’s Passover. (v. 11)
The Passover is rich with imagery foreshadowing the redemption that Jesus would provide not just for Israel, but also for all humanity. One of the aspects of the Passover meal that seems to be pointing forward all the way to Christ’s second advent is the command that the meal be eaten in haste and that the participants were to be in a state of readiness to travel. Jesus tells us that His return will be like a thief in the night, that only the Father knows the time and the hour, urging us to likewise be in a state of readiness for His return. Unlike the Passover, for which they were instructed when to be ready, or like our family preparing for the arrival of our children, where we know the day and time of their arrival, we are not told exactly when Jesus will return.
Scripture records Him telling us it would be “soon”, and that we should be “ready”. It has been over 2000 years that the church has been waiting… and we continue to wait… not knowing the exact time that He will come, but we do know that with each passing day, we are one day closer to it.