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September 27 – The Blood That Saves Us

“For I will pass through the land of Egypt that night, and I will strike all the firstborn in the land of Egypt, both man and beast; and on all the gods of Egypt I will execute judgments: I am the LORD.  The blood shall be a sign for you, on the houses where you are. 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.”  Exodus 12:12,13

Devotional Thought For The Day

So much of the Old Testament parallels the great gift of eternal life and salvation that God has provided for us in the gift of His Son, the Lord Jesus Christ. In that “the blood of Jesus Christ cleanses us from all sin,” the Passover event is a clear prophecy of how God would redeem the whole world from sin – through the shedding of the blood of the very Lamb of God Who takes away the sin of the world.  By faith in Jesus, simple faith and trust in Him, His blood is also “painted” on us – so that we live in God’s grace, mercy, forgiveness, and salvation.  So the apostle Paul could write that “Christ, our Passover lamb, has been sacrificed.” [1 Cor. 5:7]

Almost certainly much of this was known to the children of Israel – from the promise to Adam and Eve in the Garden, of a “Seed” Who would crush the devil, to the account of Abraham’s sacrifice of Isaac and the promise that in Abraham’s “Seed” all the nations of the earth would be blessed.  Further prophetic imagery was provided in the sacrificial worship of ancient Israel – especially the Day of Atonement.  The plan of God to redeem the world through the death of His beloved “only-begotten” Son was revealed further through the thought provoking prophecy of Isaiah regarding the “lamb” led to slaughter – whose suffering and death takes away the guilt and stain of our sin. [Isaiah 53]

In the account of the Passover we recall what led to such dreadful punishment upon the Egyptians, the unbelievers – hardness of heart, especially that of Pharaoh.  The evidence of God’s power and might, and His love for His dear people of faith, had been presented to Pharaoh through nine different plagues.  Each of these incidents was an opportunity for Pharaoh to turn to God, to acknowledge Him as God [the only True and Living God], and to become a child of God through faith.  Pharaoh rejected this ministry of God through His servant Moses – and stubbornly, in the face of this overwhelming empirical evidence of the power and love of God, continued his agenda to keep God’s people enslaved and his commitment to unbelief, rebellion, and evil.  Unbelief is never based on absence of evidence, but is rather a stubborn and immoral rejection of God.  The same patience of God exists toward all people today – but the evidence is in front of us all, and those who insist upon persisting in unbelief, misbelief, rebellious independence from God [the only True and Living God], and hard-hearted wickedness,  should consider that an even worse, fateful punishment awaits them.

Those with faith in Jesus Christ, who live humble lives of repentance and trust in His cleansing blood, who know and believe His love for us and acknowledge Him properly, living in deference to His blessed Word, have absolute assurance that they will be spared when God’s judgment and destruction comes upon the earth – for when God sees the blood of Jesus Christ upon us He will “pass over” us “and no plague will befall you to destroy you.”  This is the blessing which Christ invites us to, when He bids us participate in the cup of Holy Communion, of which He declares: “this is My blood of the covenant, which is poured out for many for the forgiveness of sins.” [Matt. 26:28]  It is not the blood of lambs or some other animal, but the blood of the eternal Son of God – and even now it is upon us through faith in Him. And our salvation is sure and certain in Him!

Prayer For The Day

Dear Lord Jesus Christ, Lamb of God, thanks and praise be to You for being our “Passover” Lamb, providing us with forgiveness and cleansing from sin, with restored peace with God, and the certainty of eternal life and salvation through Your blood.  Grant us wisdom to repent of our hard-heartedness, to turn to You in faith, and to follow You out of our slavery to sin and into the joyous eternal life of Your kingdom.  Amen.