Thursday, April 18
Week 7: He WILL reveal Himself
Day 4: He WILL reveal Himself as the Passover Lamb
Abraham answered, “God Himself WILL provide the lamb for the burnt offering, my son.” Genesis 22:8
I began writing today’s post about a Little Golden Book that I had when I was a little girl, Mary Had a Little Lamb. I had a point to the narrative, and it was definitely going to be focused on Jesus…but I suddenly stopped typing. I had a Susan Powter, “STOP THE INSANITY” moment. Today’s topic is way too important to trivialize with my futile attempts to make the post interesting. Today’s topic, Jesus revealing himself to us as the Passover Lamb is the very foundation of our belief. It’s the most beautiful love story ever told. And, I feel convicted to let the scriptures alone paint the picture of our precious Savior on this Maundy Thursday.
Exodus 12:21-24 Then Moses summoned all the elders of Israel and said to them, “Go at once and select the animals for your families and slaughter the Passover lamb. Take a bunch of hyssop, dip it into the blood in the basin and put some of the blood on the top and on both sides of the doorframe. None of you shall go out of the door of your house until morning. When the Lord goes through the land to strikedown the Egyptians, he will see the blood on the top and sides of the doorframe and will pass over that doorway, and he will not permit the destroyer to enter your houses and strike you down. “Obey these instructions as a lasting ordinance for you and your descendants.
John 1:29 The next day John saw Jesus coming toward him and said, “Look, the Lamb of God, who takes away the sin of the world!”
Matthew 26:26-35 While they were eating, Jesus took bread, and when he had given thanks, he broke it and gave it to his disciples, saying, “Take and eat; this is my body.”
Then he took a cup, and when he had given thanks, he gave it to them, saying, “Drink from it, all of you. This is my blood of the covenant, which is poured out for many for the forgiveness of sins. I tell you, I will not drink from this fruit of the vine from now on until that day when I drink it new with you in my Father’s kingdom.” When they had sung a hymn, they went out to the Mount of Olives. Then Jesus told them, “This very night you will all fall away on account of me, for it is written:
“‘I will strike the shepherd, and the sheep of the flock will be scattered.’But after I have risen, I will go ahead of you into Galilee.”
Peter replied, “Even if all fall away on account of you, I never will.”
“Truly I tell you,” Jesus answered, “this very night, before the rooster crows, you will disown me three times.”
But Peter declared, “Even if I have to die with you, I will never disown you.” And all the other disciples said the same.
1 Peter 1:18-19 “For you know that it was not with perishable things such as silver or gold that you were redeemed from the empty way of life handed down to you from your ancestors, but with the precious blood of Christ, a lamb without blemish or defect.
Hebrews 10:9-14 “Then he said, “Here I am, I have come to do your will.” He sets aside the first to establish the second. And by that will, we have been made holy through the sacrifice of the body of Jesus Christ once for all. Day after day every priest stands and performs his religious duties; again and again he offers the same sacrifices, which can never take away sins. But when this priest had offered for all time one sacrifice for sins, he sat down at the right hand of God, and since that time he waits for his enemies to be made his footstool. For by one sacrifice he has made perfect forever those who are being made holy.”
You alone are worthy of our praise and thanksgiving. What words could possibly express our appreciation of your sacrifice? Your precious blood, your sinless life, given in exchange for my salvation. Lord this type of love is unimaginable, incomprehensible. We surrender our lives to You. All glory and honor are Yours, Jesus! Amen.