Authored by Mary Lucas

Read: 1 Peter 1:18-21
“For you know that it was not with perishable things such as silver or gold that you were redeemed from the empty way of life handed down to you from your ancestors, but with the precious blood of Christ, a lamb without blemish or defect.  He was chosen before the creation of the world, but was revealed in these last times for your sake. Through him you believe in God, who raised him from the dead and glorified him, and so your faith and hope are in God.” 

In the book of Exodus, the story of the first Passover is told.  God told Moses how to save the Israelite children. He said each Israelite father should get a lamb. The lamb must have nothing wrong with it. The Israelites killed the lambs and put the lambs’ blood on the sides and tops of their door frames. On that same night when God passed through Egypt, he would strike down every firstborn of both people and animals, but the destructive plague would pass over the houses with blood on their doors. If there was no blood on the door the oldest child would die.

I envision a young Israelite boy, the eldest, at that time saying to his father, “Can we kill the lamb now?!”
“Not yet,” the father said, “I am tired from making bricks all day”.
A little while later he asks again, “Can we kill the lamb now?!”
“Not yet, it is almost supper.” 
Still later, “Can we kill the lamb now, papa?!”
“Why are you so concerned with killing the lamb, son?” his father asked. 
The boy replied, “I don’t get it, but all I know is if the lamb dies, then I get to live!”

Many, many years later, at another Passover festival, “the chief priests and the teachers of the law were scheming to arrest Jesus secretly and kill him.  (Mark 14).  It was during this time that Jesus Christ, our Passover lamb, was sacrificed.  Jesus, sinless, is the new Passover Lamb. By His blood, the new and everlasting covenant is made. By His sacrifice, a new Exodus takes place — freedom from the slavery of sin and the hope of entry into the promised land of heaven.  We may not get it fully, but just know that “because the lamb died, then you and I get to live!”

Thank you, God for giving Your son, Jesus Christ, in my place, to die the death that I deserved, so that I could live. Your great love is overwhelming.  When I realize the magnitude of what that cost you, how can I not in turn give my whole life to you as an offering of praise and thanksgiving. 


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