Preparing For The Passover Lamb
Take a 48-day devotional journey through Lent as you prepare for Passover, the Cross, and the Resurrection. Learn about the mission of Jesus, practical ways of following Him after Lent, and how the Passover elements all point towards the Messiah.
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The Preparing For The Passover Lamb devotional is an excellent devotional that combines Scripture, personal experiences from the author, and historical background of the Bible, to create a deep spiritual experience for the reader. Each day is a short reading and a few questions based on the reading to build you up and encourage you in your walk with God.
Day 10: Mary & Martha
I couldn’t do a devotional on “preparing” for the Passover Lamb without talking about Jesus’ encounter with Mary and Martha. Now, let’s be honest, if Jesus came into our home, wouldn’t you be doing everything you could to put away the dirty dishes, run the vacuum cleaner, and try to make the best meal you could possibly make? I know I would!
Mary, on the other hand, sat and listened to what Jesus had to say. I have to admit, I’m bummed that we don’t get to hear His teaching here. Was it something we’ve not heard before? Was it new content? Was Jesus going to perform a miracle? And that’s exactly what Mary wanted to know. She was curious. She wanted to learn from this man who was healing people, providing extraordinary teaching, and performing miracles.
I actually love this story because it’s just so real! In fact, I think many of us probably feel for Martha here as she gets her house in order. While Mary is seemlingly doing nothing, Martha tells Jesus, “Lord, don’t you care that my sister has left me to do the work by myself? Tell her to help me!” Jesus responds, “Martha, Martha,” the Lord answered, “you are worried and upset about many things, but few things are needed—or indeed only one. Mary has chosen what is better, and it will not be taken away from her.” Don’t you just hate it when Jesus is right and you’re wrong?
In His response to Martha, Jesus has Psalm 27:4 in mind and I’d like to close this day out with a reflection on this verse:
“One thing I ask from the LORD,
this only do I seek:
that I may dwell in the house of the LORD
all the days of my life,
to gaze on the beauty of the LORD
and to seek him in his temple.”
Overview & Preview
As you begin making your own preparations for the Passover Lamb, I want to welcome you to this 48 day devotional. During February we’ll be diving into the mission of Jesus as He “turns His face towards Jerusalem” (Luke 9:51). As we explore this shift in Jesus’ ministry we’ll also be exploring what it looks like to follow Jesus every single day.
As we move into March, we’ll begin examining the Passover elements and how they prepare us for the Cross and ultimate resurrection of Jesus. If you’ve never been a part of a Passover Seder experience before, I highly recommend it. If you can’t find one to be a part of this year, I have produced a Seder Experience for your home or community which you can find on my website: www.jnboothby.com/passover-seder-experience
Each day will conclude with an action, reflection, or some way to take the devotional beyond the pages. If you don’t already use a daily journal, I encourage you to use one during Lent. If not, I have allowed space at the bottom of each page for you to fill in your thoughts and responses.
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