I’ve been dwelling on the word “Pascha”, and particularly its meaning: Passover. When Christians celebrate Pascha (or Easter as it is known in the West), they are celebrating a Passover, the great Passover that is both cosmic and universal. And through various readings both in the Scripture and in the writings of theologians wiser than I, I’ve begun to see the grand correlation between the first Passover of the then enslaved Jews and the perfect Passover that we commemorate by the death and resurrection of our God. You would have thought that this correlation would have appeared a bit earlier in my Christian endeavor, but bear with me: a late bloomer is still a bloomer nonetheless.
The Jews, preparing to be set free, slay their lamb. In the same way Jesus is crucified and the world’s lamb is slain.
The Jews then ate the lamb and in doing so the lamb’s life became their life. Our lamb, through the mystery of the Eucharist, gives his very body, veiled in bread, so that we may have his life in ours.
The blood of the lamb was then coated on the doorposts of the Jews. As Death loomed over the
After the slaying of the lamb the people of God then girded up their loins and passed through the
Indeed, I’ve never been totally oblivious to this connection but I suppose that something in the Orthodox celebration of Pascha has finally made it come alive to me. Futhermore, I stumbled upon this short article on Romans, in which Anglican Bishop N.T. Wright interprets the book of Romans through this Exodus perspective – and how beautifully it fits!
Chapters 1-3: Man’s universal slavery, not to pharaoh but to sin and death
Chapters 4-7: God's way of redemption
Chapters 9-11: If the true Exodus is not soley for the Jews, then what of the Jews?
Anyhow, it’s a much more interesting little article than what I’ve made it out to be – check it out.