This week we’re preparing ourselves for the remembrance of Good Friday and the Celebration of Easter Sunday. With this in mind, we will turn our attention to a very important part of the story of Jesus, His sacrificial death on the Cross.
Jesus’ death was the fulfillment of the Old Testament event called the Passover. As God was getting ready to release His people from Egyptian slavery, He executed a final plague against the Egyptians. It was the death of the firstborns. In Exodus 12:1-13 we see God’s instructions to the Israelites. On the night the death angel was to pass through the land of Egypt, God’s people were told to take the blood of a sacrificed lamb and paint in on the doorframe of their houses. The promise was clear. God said, “When I see the blood, I will passover over you, and the death angel will not touch you.”
The blood of the lamb had power! The blood of Jesus has power. It provides us a new and better future. In the Old Testament, the Lord made the Passover the mark of a new beginning for His people. The same is true for us. Because of Jesus’ blood, we can have a new beginning!