Dear you on the other side of this screen,
I had a post all written up yesterday. It’s hibernating in my drafts file for another day. Maybe.
But for today, I am compelled to pare down my note to you to the focal point of my thoughts.
It is not based on great studies of Greek and Hebrew texts, deep forays into commentaries and Strong’s Exhaustive Concordance.
It is just me.
A sinner saved by God’s GRACE, who for the greater part of her life based her entire understanding of the Passover on Cecil B. DeMille’s technicolor classic of The Ten Commandments.
And yes, I still picture Moses as Charlton Heston.
Today, as Christians, we remember the last meal Jesus ate with His disciples….which just happened to be that Passover meal.
Russ and I wanted to attend a Maundy Thursday service, but were unable to find one locally that works…so this morning…I would like to invite you to remember with me.
To remember that Passover is about God’s deliverance of His people from bondage and oppression by the shedding of the blood of a sacrificial lamb.
To remember that the Destroyer was allowed to visit the land of Egypt and take the first born of every household, but was instructed by God to PASS OVER any home that had been obedient to cover the door posts with the blood of a lamb.
To remember that this is a picture of what Christ did for us.
Because we, too, once lived in the bondage of a cruel task master.
All of us.
ALL of us have sinned and fallen short of the Glory of God.
And so God sent one final Passover Lamb to be sacrificed for all of us.
The only acceptable sacrifice.
He died on the Cross for us.
For you and for me.
For any who will believe and receive.
And when we receive Him as our Lord and Savior, His blood is wiped on the portals of our hearts and minds and spirits and souls.
It’s the Blood of Jesus that covers us.
Covers the nature that is still working out that salvation with fear and trembling.
Covers the stumbles and bumbles.
Covers the shame and guilt and condemnation that would rule over us even today.
Covers our past and our present and our future.
Covers the sorrows and covers the joys.
It’s the Blood of Jesus.
When God looks at those of us who have taken shelter under the Blood Covenant of His Son…
He sees His Son.
And His Son is saying, as He presents us to His Father…
Father, THIS ONE…she is mine…THIS ONE…he belongs to me.
In the words of Eugene Peterson from Hebrews 12: 1-3
“When Jesus suffered on the cross, he connected worst humans can do with the best God does. For the cross on which Jesus died is also the place of resurrection. ‘Keep your eyes on Jesus’ (verse 2), and you’ll find that the place where you thought was death was the very place where the resurrection power of God is at work to bring you life, whether it’s your life on the cross or your livelihood, your relationship with a mate or your reputation with others.”
May God bless each of you to understand today the powerful and effective work of the Blood of Jesus Christ on your behalf.
May we, who have called upon Him for salvation, remember well His sacrifice for us and may we be compelled to share it with our words and our lives until He returns.
Please consider reading and meditating on these passages as we pray for a greater understanding of God’s amazing story of the Redemption of His creation <3
Isaiah 42 and 52
Matthew 26 & 27