Monday, March 31, 2014

Marked With Blood

Exodus 12:13 (NLT)
But the blood on your doorposts will serve as a sign, marking the houses where you are staying. When I see the blood, I will pass over you. This plague of death will not touch you when I strike the land of Egypt.

Confession:  I’ve been pretty unfocused this Lenten season.  I usually spend very intentional time with God during Lent.  While I’ve been reading scripture, I haven’t made time to ponder or blog.  With two weeks until Easter I am trying to prioritize.

Do you recognize this verse from the Old Testament?  It precedes the final plague that God inflicts on Egypt before the Pharaoh finally frees the Jews from slavery and Moses leads them through the parted sea into the wilderness.  This plague killed the first born of every household except those who had the blood of the sacrificial lamb or goat marking their doorposts.  This is the root of the Jewish celebration of Passover.  It is also a very important foundation for Christians, particularly during Holy Week.

What does marking your doorpost with the blood of a spotless lamb have to do with Holy Week?  Hint:  Jesus, The Last Supper, blood, death, life…..

Apart from Jesus we are dead.  Only through His blood, poured out for our sins, do we receive abundant life.  Do you realize that God doesn’t have to love us?  We don’t deserve His love, nor are we entitled to it.  God chooses to love us.  He offers to spare us from death if we mark ourselves with the blood of Jesus by believing.


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