Scripture: Exodus 12:5-6
'Your lamb shall be an unblemished male a year old; you may take it from the sheep or from the goats. 'You shall keep it until the fourteenth day of the same month, then the whole assembly of the congregation of Israel is to kill it at twilight.
Insights: The second part of God’s provision is that it is perfect. In order for us to understand this we need to recognize that everything about this Passover meal is a representation of what is to come with Jesus. So, for example, yesterday we learned that God’s provision starts something new. For these Israelites experiencing the first Passover it was a new calendar. It represented the start of their physical freedom from slavery. For those of us born again in Christ Jesus, it is new life. It represents the start of our spiritual freedom from sins slavery. Well, in today’s verses we see that an unblemished sacrifice was required for the children of Israel. In an earthly since, is there truly a “perfect” lamb? The answer is no, which is why the requirement for the Israelites was an unblemished lamb. This intentionality of striving for perfection was pointing us to the true perfect sacrifice, which was Christ Jesus, the Lamb of God. Jesus was truly perfect. He had no sin of any kind. He was the only true sacrifice that could have been made by the Father above for the atoning work of our sins. All that is required of us is to receive the work of this sacrifice by faith. We receive this gift by praying and asking Jesus to enter into our lives and make us born again. This birth is a spiritual birth and it truly does make us new, which is what we learned yesterday. Beloved, this past Sunday I challenged you pray to the Father each morning for Him to give you an opportunity to share Jesus with someone who may be in need of salvation. Let me encourage you today to ask the Father to prompt your heart and then be obedient to Him and share about Jesus perfect work as the perfect sacrifice on the cross of Calvary. If the individual comes to know Jesus as his or her Lord and Savior, then you can join with the angels in worshiping the Lord for this new life in Jesus. Praise and glory to our Lord above forever and ever. Amen!
- Are you grateful that Jesus was a perfect sacrifice for your sins?
- Have you received the gift of salvation found in Jesus’ perfect word of atonement for you?
Prayer: Father, thank You for Jesus and His work during Easter. I am so grateful You provided a perfect sacrifice for my sins. This work of Yours allows me to have an uninterrupted relationship with You. May I never take for granted this gift of grace. Amen.