Friday, January 25
Scripture: Exodus 12-13, Psalm 21, Acts 1
Exodus 12:2 This month shall be the beginning of months for you; it is to be the first month of the year to you.
What God was about to do for Israel was so momentous that it changed how they recorded time!
After 400 years of slavery, God was freeing Israel, saving them from bondage, making them a nation, and giving them a homeland. From now on, from this day forward, everything changed for them. This was Day 1.
To commemorate this change, God reordered their calendar. This day, this month would mark the beginning of the year for them, an annual reminder of their deliverance. God brought them out of slavery to bring them into the Promised Land. It starts now.
The New Testament compares our salvation to God’s deliverance of Israel. This verse reminded me of the radical change that Jesus brings—every bit as radical as Israel leaving slavery behind in Egypt and marching into a new life! It is easy for us as Christians to forget how far we’ve come, and the profound changes Jesus made in us. Like Israel, we need to “reorder our calendars” to commemorate this momentous change—that is, we need to find ways to regularly remind ourselves. “I once was…, but now I’m…because of Jesus.”
I don’t know the exact date I said yes to Jesus—sometime in Nov-Dec of 1964. But I know the date of my baptism—February 7, 1965. So I mark that as the date everything changed. It is “the beginning of months” for me. I was freed from my captivity, brought out of slavery to sin and into the Promised Land of an abundant life in Jesus. I became a citizen of a new kingdom—the kingdom of God—and a member of a new family. Everything changed! I don’t ever want to forget that. It’s my Day 1.
Prayer: Lord, thank You so much for saving me and changing my life so completely. I never want to take that for granted or forget what you’ve done for me!