Behold your Lamb
“Your lamb shall be without blemish, a male of the first year. It is the LORD’s Passover.” Exodus12:5, 11
I want to talk a little about why we celebrate and observe this spring holiday. We call it Easter, but what we are really celebrating is Jesus crucifixion and resurrection. Most of us know that Passover was fulfilled when Jesus was crucified to pay the debt of our sin so we could receive freedom. Then three days later He rose up from the dead and walked out of the grave and defeated His enemy and ours for all eternity.
I want to take just a few minutes today to focus on “Passover”. It was a holiday the Jewish people celebrated to remember how God brought them out of bondage and slavery in Egypt under the leadership of God’s servant, Moses. It was a prophetic holy day they kept each year to remind them that someday the Messiah would come to free them out from the bondage of sin. The Passover that was celebrated the year Jesus was crucified was the fulfillment of that Passover prophecy.
Today’s key verse in Exodus 12 is talking about the sacrificial lamb that was to be sacrificed for the sin of the people each year. It had to be a male without blemish. The lamb was examined by the high priest before it could be accepted as the sin offering. I want to make a note here that when the people were on their way to Jerusalem for the Passover feast each year, they were not thinking about the sin they were offering up their sacrifice for. They were not concerned about the extent of their sin and if it could be atoned for. They were only interested in bringing a lamb without blemish so it would be accepted by the priest and pass the examination of the high priest to qualify as the sin offering to atone for their sins of the previous year.
Now, to bring this into our relationship with God today. He has given us a spotless Lamb that was examined and sacrificed for our sin, no blemishes, pure, and clean. This sacrifice did not atone (means to cover) but He completely eradicated (restored God’s original intent for people) the sin of the world. We don’t have to worry if we have blown it too many times to be forgiven because we have the perfect Lamb of God that paid the price for all sin for all eternity. Our part now is simply receive that sacrificial gift. God no longer looks at our sin to correct or cover it, He looks at the sacrifice, the spotless Lamb of God who took away the sin of the world. He has examined and accepted the payment of His perfect Son. This is God’s complete expression of His love for us, He spared no expense! He gave us His very own Lamb without spot or blemish. “Behold! The Lamb of God who takes away the sin of the world!” (John 1:29)
So today, as we celebrate this resurrection season, I want to encourage you to keep your eyes on the perfect Lamb of God that paid the price for all sin, for all people, for all eternity! Take some time this week to be thankful for Jesus and His sacrifice that bridges the gap between mankind and God. If you have never received this wonderful gift of God’s love and freedom from sin, do it today.
Simply Pray: God in heaven, I know I’m a sinner and I need a Savior. I want to turn away from my sinful life to the life You have planned for me. Please forgive me for my sins, cleanse me from my past, and make me new. I know your Son, Jesus died for me. I believe in my heart that You raised Him form the dead. At this very moment, I accept, confess, and proclaim Jesus as my personal Lord and Savior . . . to be Lord of my life from this day forward. I now have a right relationship with God my Father. I also ask for Your Holy Spirit to guide and empower me to do the things that You have planned for my life in Jesus name, Amen
Today’s scripture reading: Luke 23:13-25