Tonight… and Today

Hearing lots of complaints over COVID-19 and the Social Distancing directives that will preclude believers from gathering for Easter services.

But isn’t this possibly among he best Passover weekends ever? Simply because we are talking about it? “It” being the underlying meaning and reason for the holiday. And, because no one living now will forget where they were and what they did during the time when we stayed home.

Most Christians haven’t been shown or understood – that the Sun, the moon and the stars are all in the same positions tonight as they were when darkness fell after Jesus was placed in the tomb. Tonight was meant for people to stand alone in the darkness, look up and remember who He is.

The Planets change positions against the back-drop of the Sun, the Moon and the Stars. But the notion of those fixed lights being placed just so, for our Passover / Easter remembrance is awe-inspiring.

Tonight Venus is in Taurus (The Bull) setting with evening.

In the morning, coming up before the sun are Mars, Saturn and Jupiter.

Why is this possible? God taught the Hebrews to keep time by the Sun and the Moon. Passover takes place at a particular moment in the celestial calendar. It begins at the first full moon following the first new moon following spring equinox. These instructions from the Lord Himself preserve the night sky for all mankind to contemplate on this one particular night.

We don’t know the time of Jesus’ birth but we do know, with great precision the time of his death. All day long, this Good Friday we can use our clocks to mark the moments of the Passion of Christ.

In isolation, this Passover becomes a private, reflective moment. Most if not all of the usual commercialism is stripped away. It’s less about chocolate, Easter bunnies and spring clothes. Absent those, we have time and headspace to ponder.

For some it will be a rich time; A change-bearing a blessing. Others? Not so much.

Tonight, by virtue of the lights in the sky, placed there by God Himself, we can draw near to him unlike any other evening. He is speaking to each of us through all of creation all of the time. But Tonight – above all other nights – He knocks at the door of our hearts. (Revelation 3)

Are we listening?

And God said, “Let there be lights in the vault of the sky to separate the day from the night, and let them serve as signs to mark sacred times, and days and years, and let them be lights in the vault of the sky to give light on the earth.” And it was so. God made two great lights—the greater light to govern the day and the lesser light to govern the night. He also made the stars. God set them in the vault of the sky to give light on the earth, to govern the day and the night, and to separate light from darkness. And God saw that it was good. And there was evening, and there was morning—the fourth day.

Genisis 1:14-19

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