Advent: The God Who Traditions

And when your children say to you, ‘What do you mean by this service?’ you shall say… (Exodus 12:26).

We just celebrated this holiday we call “Thanksgiving.” We eat turkey and Stove Top dressing and cranberry “sauce.” (We call it a “sauce” despite the fact it holds the shape of the can still three days later.) And nobody really knows why we do this. Right?

I mean, if a space alien landed in your backyard Thanksgiving day and wanted to know exactly why you just consumed more calories than you typically do in a week and are now watching football with a relative you only see twice a year, could you really say why?

But imagine if you could. What if there was a really epic story that explained every detail of the affair, down to the combination of herbs in the mashed potatoes?

That is what’s happening in chapter 12 of Exodus.

The 10 Plagues, or the 10 Mighty Acts of God, or the 10 Idol-Smashing Swings (take your pick on a name) were just the appetizer. The final knockout punch is about to happen, and it’s going to be an epic of such epic, epic-ness, you’re going to throw a party, and throw a party every single year. This is a such a big deal, we’re restarting the calendar. We’re now counting time starting with this event. Think about that. That’s the level of epic-ness.

God likes details. And recreating the details of this event every year matters. God wants the Israelites recreating, in a sense rehearsing, but most importantly REMEMBERING, exactly how this went down. And keep in mind, it’s at one of these parties that Jesus explains our practice of communion to his disciples. Jesus explicitly ties what he’s doing with a cross and resurrection to remembering this event

So what about you? How do you celebrate and remember the epic things God has done in your life?


About peterjwhite

I am a pastor to college students in Tulsa, OK.
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