Welcome to Redeem the Commute. I’m Ryan, your host for this daily challenge. It’s Thursday, the day we try to apply and live out what we’ve learned this week from the Bible. This week we’ve been studying
Preparing them to become a nation reliant on God’s deliverance. But he’s also preparing to do the same for the entire world. The Passover lamb – a perfect, spotless young male lamb. Sound familiar?
Reason we are studying Passover this week, Easter week, is that Jesus died at Passover. Here’s Mark’s description of him entering Jerusalem the week he died:
And on the first day of Unleavened Bread, when they sacrificed the Passover lamb, his disciples said to him, “Where will you have us go and prepare for you to eat the Passover?” (Mark 14:12)
When Mark wrote this gospel, or biography of Jesus, he clearly already saw the significance of this. Jesus was the one perfect, spotless human being, killed at Passover!
Paul, another Christian writer, said it quite plainly:
Cleanse out the old leaven that you may be a new lump, as you really are unleavened. For Christ, our Passover lamb, has been sacrificed. 1 Cor 5:7
And in 1 Peter:
…knowing that you were ransomed from the futile ways inherited from your forefathers, not with perishable things such as silver or gold, but with the precious blood of Christ, like that of a lamb without blemish or spot. He was foreknown before the foundation of the world but was made manifest in the last times for the sake of you who through him are believers in God, who raised him from the dead and gave him glory, so that your faith and hope are in God. (1 Peter 1:18b-21 ESV)
Jesus died on cross as a ransom, to pay our way out of slavery to sin.
Sin and evil are still a reality in our world, and so death is still the natural consequence. But we can still be protected from death. Like one nation’s firstborn sons were protected from physical death by the blood of lambs, now anyone can be protected from eternal and spiritual death by the blood of God’s firstborn son.
This is what Easter is all about – God’s deliverance available to all who will be covered by the blood of the Lamb.
Challenge: Ask him to cover you with his blood.