April 9, 2009

God’s Passover

Written by Boyd Bailey

God’s Passover… “The blood will be a sign for you on the houses where you are; and where I see the blood, I will pass over you. No destructive plague will touch you when I strike Egypt.” Exodus 12:13… “For Christ, our Passover lamb, has been sacrificed” 1 Corinthians 5:7b.

God’s Passover for Christian’s is the blood of Jesus Christ. His blood is the reason God’s judgment of hell is withdrawn from believers. Jesus’ death on the cross brings you to God and repels you from sin. It is the process of blood sacrifice that God has prepared for those who desire to follow Him. His only Son’s shedding of blood proved to be the final sacrifice for the sin of mankind. Yes, it was a gory event tied to a grace-filled consequence. Jesus went through the muck and the mire of man’s sin to lead you to salvation. It was not a pretty process, but it was a radically redeeming one.

Christ’s unconditional love on the cross has empowered you to love indiscriminately. His torturous death on the cross has equipped you to die daily to worldly whims. Christ’s focus on the will of His heavenly Father as He faced the cross compels you to pray, “Your will be done” (Matthew 26:42). It is the cross of Jesus that gives individual believers God’s Passover. God gives you a pass from His judgment, and it is a pass stamped with the blood of His son, Jesus. Once you believe in Jesus as the Lamb of God who was slain for your sins, your past, current and future sins are covered.

Therefore, celebrate religiously the radical love and grace of God’s Passover. Do not take for granted your emancipation from sin, sorrow, and death. It is cause for solemn and joyful celebration. This is one reason to stay engaged with Christ’s bride, the church. The church of Jesus Christ is designed to raise the roof in worship and celebration for God’s Passover through his son, Jesus. This weekly celebration is not meant to settle into a take-it-for-granted posture that is expedient for the moment. Rather this first day of the week is set aside to celebrate God’s Passover. Believers remember, so they don’t forget.

It breaks the heart of God when a church with a steeple outside forgets the cross inside. Therefore, celebrate corporately and in community, with energy and thanksgiving, because of God’s Passover through the Cross of Christ. Lastly, celebrate God’s Passover individually. Consider making a big deal out of the anniversary of your spiritual birthday; perhaps as part of your physical birthday celebration tell the story of your spiritual birth. God’s Passover in Christ is to be remembered and celebrated, both in community and individually. “May I never boast except in the cross of our Lord Jesus Christ, through which the world has been crucified to me, and I to the world” (Galatians 6:14).

Related Readings: Genesis 22:13; Isaiah 53:7-10; John 1:29-36; 1 Peter 1:19-20

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