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Lamb of God
June 9, 2017
Relevance: Chapter 6, Restored by Grace


Lamb of God


The crucifixion of Jesus revealed what ancient events concealed.

"Remember the former things, those of long ago; I am God, and there is no other ... I make known the end from the beginning, from ancient times, what is still to come." (Isaiah 46:9-10)

Over 3500 years ago, the entire household of Jacob, who was renamed Israel by God, migrated from the land of Israel today to Egypt. They flourished there and in a few hundred years grew to be a great people. A new ruler felt threatened and began oppressing them, forcing them to be slaves. They cried out to the God of their forefathers for deliverance, and God heard them. He chose Moses to lead them out of Egypt, back to the land he promised to give to their ancestors.

The deliverance was fourfold. God said, "I am the Lord, and I will bring you out from under the yoke of the Egyptians. I will free you from being slaves to them, and I will redeem you with an outstretched arm and with mighty acts of judgment. I will take you as my own people, and I will be your God ... I will bring you to the land I swore with uplifted hand to give to Abraham, to Isaac and to Jacob. I will give it to you as a possession. I am the Lord." (Exodus 6:6-8)

On the night of the Exodus, God brought the judgment of death upon the land of Egypt for their sins. To save themselves, the Israelites were instructed to sacrifice a young lamb without defect, and put some of its blood on the top as well as the two sides of the doorframe. When the destroyer from God saw the blood, he would pass over the house, and the firstborns inside were covered and delivered from death. The Passover was then instituted as a yearly feast to remember the events.

About 1500 years later, in Jesus's day, the Seder or ceremonial order included drinking four cups of wine to remind them of God's fourfold deliverance.

The night before the Passover, Jesus had his last supper with his disciples. He made it a Passover Seder. At the start of the meal, he drank the first cup with the disciples. It was the cup of sanctification, to remember God's bringing them out to be his people. Then Jesus skipped the cup of judgment, which he intended to take it all by himself. He prayed in anguish later in the garden of Gethsemane about this second cup, and said, "Father, if you are willing, take this cup from me, yet not my will, but yours be done" (Luke 22:42). Jesus also skipped the fourth cup, but took the third, the cup of redemption, with his disciples. He made it the cup of the new covenant.

Jesus was arrested in Gethsemane that night and crucified at nine the next morning. His cross was in the middle, with two others, one on each side of him. The Passover lambs were to be slain from three to six that afternoon, and when the last one is done, the priest would announce, "It is finished."

Before Jesus breathed his last at three in the afternoon, he said, "It is finished," before the first lamb was slain in the Temple. He was the Passover Lamb to be sacrificed once and for all, to deliver all who believe in him from the judgment of death.


Notes:


From Darkness to Light
170504, Ch.1, What is Heaven?
170512, Ch.5, Good and Evil
170519, Ch.5, Image of God
170526, Ch.6, All Have Sinned
170602, Ch.6, Isaiah Prophecies
170609, Ch.6, Lamb of God
170616, Ch.6, Decision Prayer

New Life in Christ
170623, Ch.7, Fruit of the Spirit
170630, Ch.7, Time with God
170707, Ch.7, Life Together
170714, Ch.7, Messiah's Return
170728, Ch.7, Audacious Faith
171006, Ch.7, Mark of the Christian
171027, Ch.7, Christian Identities

Growing in Christ
171110, Know the Bible
171210, Christ is Central
180302, Satan Exposed

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