From Pastor Gary…
Behold, the Lamb of God who takes away the sin of the world. (John 1:29)
The people of Israel observed the Passover every year. God instituted the feast so the people would remember how and when God freed them from the slavery of Egypt. That first Passover the people were to kill a male lamb without blemish and put its blood on the doorposts of their home. That night, the all the firstborn in Egypt would die unless they had the blood of the lamb on the door. The Lord said, “The blood shall be a sign for you, on the houses where you are. And when I see the blood, I will pass over you, and no plague will befall you to destroy you, when I strike the land of Egypt.” (Exodus 12:13)
When John spoke the words, “Behold, the lamb of God who takes away the sin of the world” he was speaking of Jesus, the perfect Passover Lamb. Jesus is the lamb without blemish – without sin. He too was sacrificed with His blood shed on the cross. The shedding of Jesus blood spared us from eternal death. Unlike the Old Testament sacrifices that had to be repeatedly offered, Jesus sacrificed himself once for all (Hebrews 7: 27). His one sacrifice was enough.
Jesus gave His life for us. That is good because we have nothing to offer for our forgiveness. But out of response to God’s mercy, we present ourselves “As a living sacrifice, holy and acceptable to God” (Romans 12: 1). By the power of His Spirit, we live a God-pleasing life as a witness to others for the love that is shown us through Christ.
Thank you, Jesus, for giving your all for our salvation. May be living sacrifices to the glory of your name. Amen.
Verse for today:
The blood of Jesus cleanses us from all sin. (1 John 1:7).