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Exodus 12:1-28
John 1:29-34
Luke 4:18-21
Isaiah 53:7-8

“‘This day is to be a memorial for you, and you must celebrate it as a festival to the Lord. You are to celebrate it throughout your generations as a permanent statute.’” (Exodus 12:14)

“‘Do this in remembrance of me.’” (Luke 22:19b

In Exodus, we read about the barbaric oppression of the Israelites in Egypt. The Israelites had settled in Egypt when Joseph, a Hebrew, was made second-in-command over Egypt through a series of divine orchestrations. (Genesis 50:15-26) Later, along came a Pharaoh who hadn’t known Joseph; he felt threatened by the growing population of Hebrews and enslaved them. (Exodus 1:8-14)

Over 400 years, the Israelites cried out to the Lord for rescue. God saw their anguish and heard their cries. (Exodus 2:23-25)

The Lord raised up a Hebrew man, Moses, to serve as His voice before Pharaoh. (Exodus 3) Again and again, Moses and his brother Aaron relayed the Lord’s command to Pharaoh, “Let My people go[.]” (Exodus 5:1-2) But Pharaoh refused. 

Nine plagues followed, yet Pharaoh’s heart was increasingly hardened. God warned of one last plague: the death of every first born. (Exodus 11) Human and animal, Egyptian and Hebrew. 

But God also provided a way of rescue for His people. 
A way of protection. A way of preservation. 
A way of invitation to gather at a table, first in anticipation, and later, in remembrance of God’s rescue.

Through Moses, God instructed the Israelites to kill a spotless firstborn lamb, applying its blood to the lintel and doorposts of their homes. (Exodus 12:21-23) When the Lord moved through the land, He would pass over homes covered by the blood of the lamb, sparing the first born within. 

The Israelites were then to prepare a Passover meal, roasting the lamb and seasoning it with bitter herbs; accompanied by unleavened bread, the meal symbolized the bitterness of their oppression and the haste of their departure from Egypt. Finally, they were to eat the meal dressed for travel, as an embodied proclamation of their faith in God’s promised rescue. (Exodus 12:1-11)

Then they waited. 

As they listened to the cries of anguish echoing throughout the land as firstborns died, we can imagine the heartache and fear and uncertainty settling over them. Perhaps these emotions grappled with fledgling hope of God’s promise to bring them freedom. I wonder if the Hebrews were praising God, even as they waited for another sign. 

It seems accepting God’s invitation to the first Passover table might not involve much celebration, but rather a somber acceptance of the mercy and protection found by following God’s instructions. 

It was truly a night like no other.

When the annual Passover meal was established as a remembrance of God’s rescue and faithfulness, elements of the meal would also point to the promised Messiah, the One who would rescue, once and for all, God’s children from their bondage to the power of sin and death.

Just as the shed blood of a spotless lamb brought deliverance at the first Passover, Jesus’ sacrificial death on the cross and subsequent resurrection brings us freedom from the sin and death enslaving us. (John 1:29; Romans 3:25-26)

Today, because of Jesus’ propitiatory death and victorious resurrection, we too are invited to celebrate our rescue by God. (Luke 22:14-20)

Today, we can grasp how the first Passover pointed to Jesus, the spotless lamb in whom no sin was found. (2 Corinthians 5:21; 1 Peter 1:18-19)

Just as God protected and delivered those within a home marked by the blood of the sacrificed lamb, Jesus rescues and redeems anyone who repents, turning away from sin and calling on Jesus as her Savior. 

If you are ready to accept God’s invitation of rescue and redemption, will you join me in a simple prayer of repentance and faith?

God, I believe You are the one, true God. I believe that because of Jesus’ great love for me, He died to rescue me from sin and spiritual death, and that He rose to life again. I turn from following my own way, I accept Your gifts of forgiveness and grace, and I commit my life to following Your way.
Amen.

Welcome to the gathering table of the family of God, sisters in Christ! As we leave our time together today, let us proclaim together that our sins are covered by the blood of Jesus, the Lamb of God, and we are rescued, redeemed, and set free to walk in newness of life with Him! (Romans 6:4)

*If you prayed the above prayer with us today, we invite you to leave a comment! We’d love to celebrate and connect with you!

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