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In Exodus 12:1-14, we are reminded of the institution of the Passover, a significant event in the history of Israel that symbolizes their liberation from slavery in Egypt.

As the Lord commanded Moses and Aaron, on the tenth day of the month, each household was to take a lamb without blemish and keep it until the fourteenth day. Then, at twilight, they were to slaughter the lamb and place its blood on the doorposts and lintel of their houses. The blood would serve as a sign for the Lord to pass over their homes and spare them from the plague that would strike the firstborn of Egypt.

This solemn observance was not only a means of deliverance for the Israelites but also a reminder of their covenant with the Lord. It was a time to remember God’s faithfulness and to recommit themselves to His commandments.

Similarly, the Lord’s day, which we observe on Sundays, serves as a weekly reminder of our covenant with God through Jesus Christ. It is a time to reflect on His sacrifice on the cross, where He shed His blood to save us from the bondage of sin.

When we faithfully observe the Lord’s day, we acknowledge God’s authority over our lives. It is a day set apart for worship, rest, and spiritual rejuvenation. By dedicating this day to God, we show our gratitude for His blessings and seek His guidance for the week ahead.

As Christians, it is crucial for us to honor the Lord’s day and set it apart from our daily routines. It is not merely a day off from work or a time for leisure activities. Instead, it should be a sacred time when we gather as a community of believers to worship God, study His Word, and participate in the sacraments.

Let us remember that the observance of the Lord’s day is not a legalistic requirement but a loving response to God’s grace. By prioritizing this day, we demonstrate our love for Him and acknowledge His rightful place in our lives.

By Roge Sison

An ordained clergy of The United Methodist Church.

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