Lent Devotion for March 7
"Christ Is Our Passover"
Reader: “Christ, our Passover Lamb…”
Response: “has been sacrificed for us.”
SCRIPTURE: Exodus 12:21-27
21 Then Moses called all the elders of Israel together and said to them, “Go, pick out a lamb or young goat for each of your families, and slaughter the Passover animal. 22 Drain the blood into a basin. Then take a bundle of hyssop branches and dip it into the blood. Brush the hyssop across the top and sides of the doorframes of your houses. And no one may go out through the door until morning. 23 For the Lord will pass through the land to strike down the Egyptians. But when he sees the blood on the top and sides of the doorframe, the Lord will pass over your home. He will not permit his death angel to enter your house and strike you down.
24 “Remember, these instructions are a permanent law that you and your descendants must observe forever. 25 When you enter the land the Lord has promised to give you, you will continue to observe this ceremony. 26 Then your children will ask, ‘What does this ceremony mean?’ 27 And you will reply, ‘It is the Passover sacrifice to the Lord, for he passed over the houses of the Israelites in Egypt. And though he struck the Egyptians, he spared our families.’” When Moses had finished speaking, all the people bowed down to the ground and worshiped.
SCRIPTURE: I Corinthians 5:6-8
6 Your boasting about this [sexual immorality] is terrible. Don’t you realize that this sin is like a little yeast that spreads through the whole batch of dough? 7 Get rid of the old “yeast” by removing this wicked person from among you. Then you will be like a fresh batch of dough made without yeast, which is what you really are. Christ, our Passover Lamb, has been sacrificed for us. 8 So let us celebrate the festival, not with the old bread of wickedness and evil, but with the new bread of sincerity and truth.
Reader: “The word of the Lord.”
Response: “Thanks be to God.”
Yesterday we spoke of some of the significance of blood. In the above description from the book of Exodus, we begin to see the function of the blood in God’s plan of redeeming and covering the sin of His people. Have you wondered why the blood was placed over the doorposts of the homes? Why there? You will recall that the Lord told Cain that “sin crouches at the door.” In biblical thought, danger and or sin lurks at doorways. City gates were also places of vulnerability. At the same time, doors are places where the righteous may enter. The doorway marked the entrance into not only the home but into the life of the family. On the doorway of the Jewish home was the statement of faith, confidence and trust in God as contained in the mezuzah, a small box containing the Shema – Deuteronomy 6:4-9. Putting blood on the top and sides of the doorpost is a covering for the family, as the doorway is the entrance into the family. The blood of the lamb causes the death angel to pass over the family in that home. They are “covered.” The entryway to their home is safe. In Corinthians, Paul ties Christ’s death directly to the Passover lamb. The church has fallen into corruption and moral sin. Leaven, always a mark of sin, is to be put away. The early church saw Christ as the fulfillment of the Exodus. Jesus was Moses, the prophet, Aaron, the high priest and the sacrificial Passover lamb whose blood on the doorposts brought salvation. He was the ultimate Redeemer from bondage and slavery to sin.
SUGGESTED READING OR LISTENING:
C.S. Lewis’ The Great Divorce also available on youtube as well. Fascinating reading as you journey by bus from hell to the outskirts of heaven! You’ll gain, in a delightful way, insight into human nature.
MUSIC: “O Sacred Head Now Wounded” by Fernando Ortega
Almighty God, because of Christ’s blood, do not hold against us, poor sinners that we are, any of the sins we do or the evil that constantly clings to us. Forgive us just as we are fully determined, as evidence of your grace in us, to forgive our neighbors. By ourselves, we are too weak to hold our own even for a moment. And our sworn enemies – the devil, the world, and our own flesh – never stop attacking us. And so, Lord, uphold us and make us strong with the strength of your Holy Spirit, so that we may not go down to defeat in this spiritual struggle, but may firmly resist our enemies until we finally win the complete victory. Through Jesus Christ our Lord, Amen. – from The Worship Sourcebook, p. 565-566.