“And the blood shall be to you for a token upon the houses where ye are: and when I see the blood, I will pass over you, and the plague shall not be upon you to destroy you, when I smite the land of Egypt,” Exodus 12:13.
When it was time for God to deliver the Israelites from bondage in Egypt, He established a way for the people to always memorialize their deliverance by instituting the Lord’s Passover. Each household was to shed the blood of a lamb that was without blemish and paint the blood on the doorposts of the home. Then, the lamb was to be roasted and eaten with unleavened bread and bitter herbs by everyone in the home, as they stood, ready to evacuate Egypt. That night, God preserved the firstborn of every home who had observed the Passover and delivered the Israelites from bondage.
Jesus is the fulfillment of the Passover. He became what the Passover represented, God’s salvation through the shed blood of an innocent Lamb. After Christ was crucified, buried, resurrected and ascended into Heaven, the apostle Paul looked back to what Jesus had done and said, “For even Christ our passover is sacrificed for us” (1 Cor. 5:7). Just as God could not withhold His punishment from a home in Egypt on which the blood of the lamb was not painted, so God cannot pardon a person who has not been cleansed by the blood of Jesus. It is impossible for God to forgive a person’s sins if he has not, in faith, been cleansed by the blood of Jesus (1 John 1:7).
JUST A THOUGHT
Have you been cleansed by the blood of Jesus?