Monday, April 10, 2017

Have You Been Passed Over?

All was still. Darkness covered the land far beyond any mere physical absence of light. There was a silence, a tension, a waiting. Everything was poised in apprehension. A battle between two great powers, wrestling for control, stood in checkmate. Who would win? What would happen next? Suddenly, just after midnight, there arose a cry, a great wailing. Sorrow and terror covered the land as those belonging to one power were stripped of their first born. In every family on that side there was loss. But those on the other side were passed over.

Exodus 12 describes the final plague that God brought on Egypt because of Pharaoh’s reluctance to release the Israelites from slavery. Because of his hard heart and lack of response to the first nine plagues, God came upon Egypt and struck down every first born, except of those protected. Those who believed in God killed a spotless lamb, covered their doorposts with its blood and ate of its flesh. As a result, they were passed over by the angel of death. They were protected by the blood of the lamb.

Centuries later, the land was still in a great battle between two powers: the power of heaven and the power of the world. Sin separated man kind from God, keeping humans in bondage so that they were enslaved to Satan, banished from heaven, doomed to eternal death. As the battle climaxed, a spotless Lamb came to be sacrificed so that those who believed in it would be passed over, protected again by its blood. But unlike a lamb borne of a ewe, whose sacrifice was temporary and only covered one family, this Lamb was borne of God. His sacrifice would last for eternity and covers all who believe.

John 1:29 New American Standard Bible (NASB)

The next day he saw Jesus coming to him and said, “Behold, the Lamb of God who takes away the sin of the world!”

That Lamb is Jesus Christ, the Son of God, who came to earth as a man, lived a sinless life, was unjustly convicted and murdered, and brought back to life 3 days later. He willingly paid the penalty for our sin so that we would no longer be bound to sin and Satan, so that we could live lives free to worship and live for God and one day spend eternity with Him in heaven. His sacrifice stands open for all who will believe and surrender their lives to Him, accepting His sacrifice for their sins.

1 Peter 1:18-19 New American Standard Bible (NASB)

knowing that you were not redeemed with perishable things like silver or gold from your futile way of life inherited from your forefathers, but with precious blood, as of a lamb unblemished and spotless, the blood of Christ.

1 John 4:9-10 New American Standard Bible (NASB)

By this the love of God was manifested in us, that God has sent His only begotten Son into the world so that we might live through Him. In this is love, not that we loved God, but that He loved us and sent His Son to be the propitiation for our sins.

Have you been passed over?

If not, will you accept His sacrifice?

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