“And thus shall ye eat it; with your loins girded, your shoes on your feet, and your staff in your hand; and ye shall eat it in haste: it is the LORD’S passover.” Exodus 21:11.

It was evening time in Goshen.  The lamb had been slain as Moses had instructed.  The blood had been sprinkled on the doorposts of their house and the meal was prepared.  Every member of the family was safe inside. waiting for further instructions. They were fully dressed, their shoes on their feet, staffs in their hands, their belongings packed in easy to carry bundles, and each one was listening carefully for the call to move out.

At midnight there was the sound of mourning throughout Egypt as the death angel moved across the land, slaying the firstborn.  Pharaoh called for Moses and Aaron and told them to leave Egypt.  They wasted no time returning to tell the rest of the Israelites, “It’s time to move.”  Each family made haste to gather their bundles and leave their homes.

When Jesus was here on earth, He told His disciples that He was leaving them, but that one day He would return.  They, of course asked him when that would happen.  As we read through the New Testament, we realize that they were looking for Him to return any minute.  Here we are, 2000 years later, knowing that His coming is much nearer. God has given mankind years to get ready for His return.

I listened to my son preaching a couple of weeks ago and stressing that we should not be asking the question: “What time is it?” but rather “What is it time for.”  One of these days, we are going to hear the trumpet sound and a great shout from Heaven, as the Lord announces to His people, “It’s time to go.”  Now it is time to get ready, to make sure that we are clothed with His righteousness, that we have had His blood applied to our hearts, and that we are waiting for the call.

We know not the day nor the hour when He will come, so let us each one make sure that we are ready, and let’s share the message with others.

Prayer:  Thank you, Jesus, that you paid the price for our salvation with your precious blood. Thank you for the promise of your return.  Help us to be ready for at any moment you could appear.

Devotion by Anne Johnston

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