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Devotional for Monday, March 28, 2016

The Lamb of God

Today’s Scripture: Exodus 11-12

John saw Jesus coming toward him and said, “Look, the Lamb of God, who takes away the sin of the world!” -John 1:29

Hundreds of years before the crucifixion, God told Moses to gather the people of Israel together in preparation for their departure from Egypt. They were to sacrifice a lamb without blemish and without spot, eat the flesh of the lamb, and sprinkle the blood on the doorposts of their home. This lamb was, of course, a symbol of the Lord Jesus. “For Christ, our Passover lamb, has been sacrificed” (1 Corinthians 5:7).

The lamb without blemish and without spot represented Christ’s sinless life, the just one paying the penalty for the unjust. The lamb was to be set apart four days prior to the feast. Christ was sacrificed at the Passover, and He entered Jerusalem four days before the day the paschal lamb was set apart. The lamb was to be roasted with fire, denoting the sufferings of Christ. Not a bone of the lamb was to be broken, a prophetic picture of Christ on the cross.

Then the people of God were to sprinkle the lamb’s blood on the doorposts of the houses as an open witness to everyone. I’m sure the Jews might have thought, Wouldn’t that give the Egyptians one more thing to ridicule? “What are these crazy Jews doing now?” Some may have been tempted to sprinkle the blood out of sight–the closet door perhaps. Wouldn’t that be just as good? No, it must be outside for all to see, denoting our open profession of faith in God and obedience to His Word.

Christ was crucified publicly, openly, for our sin. And the Bible tells us that our witness for Him should be public and open for all to see.

Prayer

Lord, thank You that Your blood cleanses me from all unrighteousness. Amen.

To Ponder

Do I live in such a way that my life is a clear testimony of salvation through Jesus’ shed blood?

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