The death of Princess Diana on 31 August 1997 was one of those events that sticks in one’s memory. Although I was only a teenager at the time, I can still remember where I was when I heard the news: I was in the driveway of our house, in the getting out of the car with the family–we heard the news on the radio.
Like yesterday’s reading, most of today’s passage is concerned with ensuring the Israelites remember the day that the Lord brought them out of slavery in Egypt with His mighty hand (v3). God gives His people, via Moses, instructions to make sure that they commemorate this event.
As New Testament people, we have been brought out of slavery to sin by God’s mighty hand in the person of Jesus. Jesus changed the Passover celebration to become a commemoration of His death. We follow the traditions of Christian over two thousand years in celebrating Jesus’ substitutionary death in the Lord’s Supper.
God knows that it’s easy for us to forget, and He therefore gives us the reminder of the Lord’s Supper to help us remember. What other practises or traditions help you (and your family) remember that Jesus died for His people, including you?