12/6/2013 - The Lamb

Exodus 12: 13 - The blood shall be a sign for you on the houses where you live; and when I see the blood I will pass over you, and no plague will befall you to destroy you when I strike the land of Egypt.

There are few passages which inspire both awe and fear of God more than that of The Passover.  On the surface, it was the final plague sent to secure Israel's release from captivity.  But if we dig a little deeper, it reveals to us a foreshadowing of things to come.

One of the most striking elements of The Passover is that judgment was not reserved solely for the Egyptians.   Instead, judgment was passed against ALL of those in the land of Egypt, including the Israelites. 

It was then, in the midst of judgment and impending death, that God provided a way of redemption: the blood of an unblemished lamb.

In this passage, God shows us not only how He is going to redeem Israel from Egypt but also how He is going to redeem us from our sin. 

We too stand in judgment.  We too are facing death.  Yet, by the blood of The Lamb, we too are redeemed.

 For Israel, The Passover marked the beginning of their journey out of Egypt.  For us, it was an invaluable step on the journey to Advent.