As we consider Passover, we see Jesus, who was put to death during Passover and became our Passover when He shed His blood on the cross (Matthew 26:2, 26-29; 1 Corinthians 5:7).
God instituted the Passover when He brought the children of Israel out from Pharaoh and the bondage of Egypt. They were to kill a male lamb without blemish, put some blood on the two doorposts and lintel of their houses, roast the lamb in the fire, and eat it in haste, ready to leave. The blood was a sign for them on the houses so that when the Lord sees the blood, He will pass over them, and the plague will not be on them to destroy them when He strikes the land of Egypt (Exodus 12:1 – 14, 23). It represented the work of the cross as a type and foreshadowed Jesus Christ. Jesus is the Lamb of God who takes away the world’s sins, slain before the world’s foundation (Revelation 13:8).
God’s love sent Jesus to the cross to die for our sins and for all humanity to reconcile and redeem us to Himself (John 3:16). The penalty for sin is death, and the remission or cancellation of our sins requires the shedding of blood (Romans 6:23; Hebrews 9:22). Jesus paid the price or penalty for our sins as a sinless, substitutionary sacrifice. The sacrifices of bulls and goats performed under the Old Testament law could not take away sins (Hebrews 10:1-4) but only Jesus Christ, who died once and for all (Hebrews 9:14; 10:5-10).
The shedding of the blood of Jesus gives us the remission of sins and brings healing, wholeness, deliverance, provision, protection, and authority over the devil (Hebrews 9:22; Isaiah 53:5; Exodus 12:13; Revelation 12:11; Luke 10:19). The blood of Jesus covered it all.
Jesus fulfilled the Old Covenant (John 19:30) and is the Mediator of the New Blood Covenant with God forever (Hebrews 8:7-13; 9:12-15; 12:24). Only the forgiveness purchased at the cross can heal and restore us to God so that we can have fellowship with Him. Jesus came to give His life as a ransom for many. No one took His life from Him, but He freely gave His life for us (Matthew 20:28; John 19:10-11, 30).
The cross of Christ answers every problem we have. There is power in the blood of Jesus, which provides everything we need to live an abundant and victorious life, i.e., redemption (Ephesians 1:7); fellowship with God (Hebrews 10:19); healing (Isaiah 53:4 – 5); protection (Exodus 12:13); and authority over the devil. Christ has redeemed us from the law’s curse, having become a curse for us (Galatians 3:13). We are overcomers by the shed blood of the Lamb (Revelation 12:11).
We have been made clean and pure by the sacrificial blood of Jesus Christ. That is why we can come boldly before God’s throne of grace with confidence to obtain mercy and find grace to help in our time of need (Hebrews 4:16)!
Call To Action!
Jesus taught the way to the kingdom of God is narrow and only comes through Him (Luke 13:23 – 27; John 10:9; 14:6). Have you entered through the narrow doorway? If you have never asked Jesus to forgive your sins and be your Savior, you can do that right now. You can experience God’s love, peace, and reconciliation by the blood of Jesus and have a personal relationship with Him. Pray this suggested prayer out loud right now. You can also pray in your own words. Remember, it is not words or prayer alone that will save you. Prayer is a way to reach out to the Lord and must be done in faith (completely trusting in Him to save you). Christ will save you if you pray these or similar words in faith.
Your Word says that whoever calls on the name of the Lord shall be saved. I ask You to forgive me for my sins. I repent and want to turn from them and turn to You. I am calling on You and ask Jesus to come into my heart and be Lord over my life. I believe that Jesus died on the cross and shed His blood for me. I believe in my heart that You raised Him from the dead, and He is alive today. Thank you for forgiving my sins and giving me the Holy Spirit to live inside of me. Fill me with Your Holy Spirit and Your healing power in my life. I now belong to You. Help me to live for You and obey You all the days of my life.
In the name of Jesus, Amen.
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The Cost of Discipleship
And anyone who comes to me must be willing to share my cross and experience it as his own, or he cannot be considered to be my disciple. Luke 14:28 TPT
Following Jesus changes our allegiance. We no longer have allegiance to the world or our sinful nature. We have been made new in Christ and established in God’s kingdom (2 Corinthians 5:17; Colossians 1:13). Therefore, we must be willing to die to ourselves and live for Christ. Our lives are no longer our own (Galatians 2:20; Romans 6:11).
Then He said to them all, “ If anyone desires to come after Me, let him deny himself, and take up his cross daily, and follow Me. For whoever desires to save his life will lose it, but whoever loses his life for My sake will save it. Luke 9:23 – 24
We must give our life away daily by handing over our agendas, desires, etc., to Jesus. Daily surrendering of our life to His Kingship and Lordship is when we will walk in the abundant and victorious life He came to give us (John 10:10; Romans 8:37)!
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