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The Lamb

Mark 14:12-26 tells the story of Jesus eating the Passover meal with the disciples just prior to his arrest and crucifixion. The background for this meal is found in Exodus 12. Moses tells the Egyptian Pharoah that because of his hardheartedness, God will send a tenth plague on Egypt. At midnight on a given night, every firstborn son in Egypt will die. But God wants to protect His own people. So God tells the people of Israel to kill a lamb and take the blood and smear it on the doorpost of the house. Then on the night when the death angel arrives, the angel will see the blood and will pass over that house. So the people of Israel marked their houses with blood. But there was no blood on the doorposts of the people of Egypt. Exodus 12:30 says “There was loud wailing in Egypt, for there was not a house without someone dead.” The country was littered with corpses.

But the homes in Israel had been spared, because the people were covered with the blood of the lamb. Even in Jesus’ day, people hadn’t forgotten. Every year on the 15th of Nisan, the meal known as Passover was celebrated.

Imagine what it would be like if the angel of death came to Dallas. The angel will visit every home in the metroplex, and the oldest son in each home will die. On a given night, Death will move through the city. But also suppose that some know that Death is coming, and they know of a way to ward him off. They know that if they slit the throat of a lamb, and smear the blood above the front door, their sons will live. As the death angel stalks the neighborhood, there are certain homes he chooses not to visit. When he sees the blood, he moves on. He passes over the houses with blood. This is all because of the blood of a lamb.

This is symbolic of a deep spiritual truth. Christ is our redeeming Lamb. For those who believe in Christ, the blood of Christ our Lamb provides spiritual protection. When Christ comes again, every person will be subject to the judgment of God. Eternal spiritual death will come upon those who have refused God’s offer of salvation. But for those who are covered by the blood of the Lamb, there will be no condemnation. Isaiah 53:7 says, “He was oppressed and afflicted, yet he did not open his mouth; he was led like a lamb to the slaughter, and as a sheep before her shearers is silent, so he did not open his mouth.”

As Easter approaches, we prepare to celebrate the resurrection of Christ. But before we can celebrate resurrection, we must celebrate the willingness of Christ to become our Passover Lamb. His blood atoned for our sins. He paid the price so that we would not have to. We owe all praise to Christ the Lamb, who takes away our sins!

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