Beholding our Passover Lamb
The people were in bondage. Their oppressors were harsh taskmasters, cruel in their demands. Men and women and children cried out to the LORD in their distress. And God heard their prayers and answered.
Pharoah would not relinquish his grip on the people easily, so God made life hard on him. Plagues were sent. They bugged the Egyptians, literally. They sequentially demonstrated that the pantheon of Egyptian gods was no match for the I AM. Still, pharoah’s heart was hard. And the Scriptures tell us that God had made it that way (Exodus 11:10) for His own purposes. God was showing the people of Israel His deliverance from bondage in their day, but also picturing future deliverance from their sin. “Passover” is what they called it then and what we call it now.
The blood of a lamb spread on the doorposts saved the Jews from the sudden death of their firstborn sons, the plague that finally crippled the Egyptian will. It also foreshadowed the Savior, whose blood would be shed for our freedom from sin and death. His blood would also trickle down a beam of wood.
In His benevolence and mercy, God has seen fit to foreshadow and broadcast the saving death of the Messiah numerous times throughout history so that people do not overlook Him. Blood was shed in Eden and the garments that resulted covered our first representative’s sin (Genesis 3:21). Abraham offered Isaac, the son whom he loved, on the altar and God provided the ram, whose head was entangled in a weaving of thorns (Genesis 22:8-14). The snake was lifted up in the wilderness, that all who were afflicted could look upon it in faith and be healed (Numbers 21:8-9). The sacrifices that were offered daily by the priests were regular reminders of God’s Messianic promise. These sacrifices culminated in the solemnity of the Day of Atonement, when a scapegoat would bear and carry away the sins of the people (Leviticus 16). The people knew these concepts so well that John the Baptist could cry out, “Behold the Lamb of God, who takes away the sins of the world!” (John 1:29), and all who heard him understood.
Today, do you recognize the Savior? Are you sure that God’s wrath will pass you by? Have your sins been placed upon the perfect sacrifice named Jesus? Or do you still bear them yourself? Look to Him and be saved, my friend. He wore the crown of thorns for you.