The Lamb Is Slain

Today is Good Friday. We gather together to remember the day Jesus died to make atonement for our sins. This year, we cannot gather, but it changes nothing. The work Jesus did approximately 2000 years ago remains. It is not our celebration of this event, but the event itself that is important. So today, you can still pause and commemorate this event in your own way. The rest of us will be doing the same.

Exodus chapter 12 tells us the story of the Jewish Passover. It is celebrated by the Jewish people to commemorate the night they were spared and delivered out of Egypt. The Israelites were instructed to kill an unblemished lamb. No bones were to be broken. They were to brush its blood on the doorposts and lintel of their home. The first-born in every household not protected by this blood was struck dead.

How does Passover speak to us? Jesus is our Passover Lamb. He was offered up on Calvary on Passover. No bones were broken and because of His blood, we escape death. The Israelites did not escape death because they were Israelites. They escaped death because of the blood on their doorposts and lintels. We also escape death because of the blood of the Lamb. We do not live because of our Christian heritage, our practice of the sacraments, our good behavior, or anything else we have done. We pass from death to life because we are covered and protected by His blood.

16 Then he handed him over to be crucified. Then they took Jesus away. 17 Carrying the cross by himself, he went out to what is called Place of the Skull, which in Aramaic is called Golgotha. 18 There they crucified him and two others with him, one on either side, with Jesus in the middle.
John 19:16-18 (CSB)

33 When they came to Jesus, they did not break his legs since they saw that he was already dead. 34 But one of the soldiers pierced his side with a spear, and at once blood and water came out. 35 He who saw this has testified so that you also may believe. His testimony is true, and he knows he is telling the truth. 36 For these things happened so that the Scripture would be fulfilled: Not one of his bones will be broken.
John 19:33-36 (CSB)

I would challenge you the spend some time this Easter season contemplating the reality of what was done on our behalf. The person surrendered to Christ is not subject to death. If you have not surrendered, there is no better time to do so.

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