The Journey to The Cross, March 14: The Passover Lamb
Fast-forwarding again on our journey to the cross and we are now in the land of Egypt. Abraham’s great-grandson, Joseph, ended up in Egypt, first as a slave and eventually as the second-in-command to Pharaoh himself. But now 400 years have passed and there are over a million Israelites in the land. They have been slaves for centuries, crying out to God for deliverance. Enter Moses, born as a slave, adopted as a prince of Egypt, wanted as a murderer and finally living as a fugitive in the wilderness. There, 80 years after his birth, God appears to him with a mission to return to Egypt to tell Pharaoh: “Let My people go.” Moses reluctantly heads back to Egypt with God’s message. Pharaoh’s heart is hardened, even after nine awful plagues that decimate the land. Which brings us to the 10th and final plague, the death of the firstborn male. However, unlike the first nine plagues, God gives them a way to avoid this one. Take the blood of a perfect lamb, He tells them, and paint it on the doorframe of your house. If you do this, the Angel of Death will pass over your house and no one will be harmed. Those who believed obeyed and were spared. Those who did not believe did not bother to obey and lost any firstborn males in the household, from adults to kids to livestock. And Pharaoh finally let God’s people go. A living object lesson, a gigantic neon sign, pointing 1500 years into the future, when God would allow the Lamb of God to be slain so that we do not have to experience eternal death, or separation from God. All we have to do is believe, accepting the gift of the perfect Lamb’s death on our behalf.
Adoration: Praise the Lamb! Consider using Revelation 5:12 (NLT), John’s testimony of those around the throne of God singing, “Worthy is the Lamb who was slaughtered—to receive power and riches and wisdom and strength and honor and glory and blessing.”
Confession: Listen quietly to the Holy Spirit, asking Him to show you any place in your life that is out of alignment with God’s Word. Agree with God about your sin, and thank Him for sending the Perfect Lamb who was worthy to be slain.
Thanksgiving: Thank God for the people in your life who acted as signposts, pointing you towards the Savior and a relationship with the Living God.
Supplication: Continue to pray for those people you should invite for Easter. Ask God to make it plain and then to give you the boldness you need to invite them. Ask Him to make you a signpost to your world.