Jesus, our Passover Lamb

While I was working in the office Monday, I was asked to cut a stack of paper into halves for a small group. I read everything I can get my hands on and I asked if I could take one. I knew I wanted to share the contents here on my blog. There wasn't an author noted on the text. The text was about our Passover Lamb...

The whole of Israel's deliverance out of Egypt centered in the Passover Lamb. The 10th day of the first month, every household had to choose a lamb. On the 14th day, at evening, they had to slay the lamb. Protection would come only through the blood of the lamb applied on the outside of the door of every Israelite's home in Egypt. God said, "When I see the blood on your door, I will pass over you, the destroyer will not be allowed to come in."

The lamb was slain the 14th evening, and the door was to be covered with the blood. The need was to get the blood of the lamb to the door. When the lamb was slain, the account makes it perfectly clear that the blood was carefully captured, drop by drop, in a basin. So the blood was in the basin -- available but of no use. The blood in the basin was no protection. The blood had to be transferred from the basin to the door.

God gave them one and only one authorized means to do that. He instructed them to take a bunch of hyssop, a little herb that grows commonly all over the Middle East. You'll pick this bunch of hyssop, dip the hyssop in the blood; and when the hyssop is dripping with blood, you'll smite with the hyssop the lintel and the two doorposts. In this way, you will transfer the blood by the hyssop to the door. The hyssop, though it was such a humble thing, was an essential part of the total plan of deliverance.

When we apply this by analogy to our salvation in Christ, Paul says in 1 Corinthians 5:7: "Christ, our Passover, has been sacrificed for us." He has been killed. His blood has been shed. In the terms of the analogy, the blood is now in the basin. But the basin does nothing for you and me.

We have to transfer the blood from the basin to the place where we are -- to our personal need: spiritual, physical, financial, family, business. Whatever it may be, we have to get the blood of Jesus out of the basin and to where we live -- at our address. God has provided a means. Of course, it is not hyssop. What is it? It is by our testimony that we transfer the blood from the basin to the door. They overcame him by the blood of the lamb and the word of their testimony.

Revelation 12:11: "They (the believers on earth) overcame him (Satan) by the Blood of the Lamb (Jesus Christ), and by the word of their testimony."

John 1:29: Behold! The Lamb of God who takes away the sin of the world!"

Ephesians 1:7: In Whom we have redemption through His blood, the forgiveness of sins, according to the riches of His grace.

Psalm 107:2: Let the redeemed of the Lord say so, whom He hath redeemed from the hand of the enemy.

1 John 1:7: But if we walk in the light, as he (Jesus) is in the light, we have fellowship with one another, and the blood of Jesus, His Son, purifies us from all sin.

Romans 5:9: Since we have been justified by His blood, how much more shall we be saved from wrath through Him!

Hebrews 13:12: That he (Jesus) might sanctify the people with his own blood suffered without the gate.

On my way home from Mt. Carmel Wednesday, I listened to a couple of Tim Keller sermons. One, "The Sinner," I already mentioned. The other was "Uriah's Wife" and it was about the genealogy of Christ. In the second sermon, Keller talked about the generations from Abraham to Christ.

Matthew 1:17: Thus were there fourteen generations in all from Abraham to David, fourteen from David to the exile to Babylon, and fourteen from the exile to the Christ.

Keller emphasized that Jesus was the seventh seven. I will elaborate on that and share more from that sermon in another post. Right now I just want everyone reading this blog to get, at the center of your hearts and minds, that overcoming is through the application of the blood of Christ, our Passover Lamb.


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