There was a time in the Old Testament (before Jesus came), when a leader arose in Egypt. His name was Pharoah. There, Pharoah made the Jewish or Israelite people into slaves. God raised up Moses to deliver the Jews from Egypt and Pharoah’s grip. Pharoah would not listen to Moses and obey the commands of God, so God brought on Egypt the plagues to persuade/punish him. It took 10 plagues to see Pharoah submit and release his grip on God’s chosen people. As a part of this process, the final plague needed to ensure submission from Pharoah was the death of the firstborn. That included everyone’s firstborn…..even Pharoah’s. God’s instructions to the Israelites were as follows to protect them from this broad sweeping devastation.
“Then Moses called for all the elders of Israel and said to them, “Pick out and take lambs for yourselves according to your families, and kill the Passover lamb. And you shall take a bunch of hyssop, dip it in the blood that is in the basin, and strike the lintel and the two doorposts with the blood that is in the basin. And none of you shall go out of the door of his house until morning. For the Lord will pass through to strike the Egyptians; and when He sees the blood on the lintel and on the two doorposts, the Lord will pass over the door and not allow the destroyer to come into your houses to strike you.”
When you dissect the word passover, it has multiple definitions to help you understand it’s complexity. One such definition is an animal victim of the passover or sacrifice of the passover. The use of the word victim is profound here to me because victim screams, “innocent”. It portrays the victimization of the lamb as an acceptable sacrifice, and the blood of that innocence as an acceptable stay of the power of the destroyer. Basically, blood needed to be supplied and the blood God told them to use was a substitution for their own blood so they would not be victimized by this event. And in the fashion of God, He provided this blood as a foreshadowing of what He was going to do for us through Jesus….
“Not with the blood of goats and calves, but with His own blood He entered the Most Holy Place once for all, having obtained eternal redemption. For if the blood of bulls and goats and the ashes of a heifer, sprinkling the unclean, sanctifies for the purifying of the flesh, how much more shall the blood of Christ, who through the eternal Spirit offered Himself without spot to God, cleanse your conscience from dead works to serve the living God? And for this reason He is the Mediator of the new covenant, by means of death, for the redemption of the transgressions under the first covenant, that those who are called may receive the promise of the eternal inheritance.”
“For indeed Christ, our Passover, was sacrificed for us. Therefore let us keep the feast, not with old leaven, nor with the leaven of malice and wickedness, but with the unleavened bread of sincerity and truth.”
1 Cor. 5:7-8
I hear the Lord saying today that though you have been victimized by the enemy and have seen the power of the destroyer in your life He has made a personal way for this to cease for you. There is an acceptable sacrifice that has been offered in your stead. He supplied His own sacrifice, Himself, so that you would not be left the victim! He is the supplied sacrifice. Now God has supplied His victory for us by Jesus dying on the cross at Calvary. What is our part in passover or how do we apply passover to our lives today? It is to apply the blood that was shed to our lives. God is our SUPPLY and We must APPLY. Does that mean I need to slaughter a lamb, get out my hyssop branch, dip it in blood and get to painting? No, thank God (or I would be in serious trouble)!!! I will discuss 3 things that I think it means:
- Accept Jesus’ sacrifice of obedience for our disobedience freely. That means to believe that you don’t deserve it and could never work to deserve it, that it is freely given and you accept it as a gift. It means acknowledging that you need Him and that His sacrifice is enough for you for the salvation and complete freedom of your soul.
- Labor to enter into His rest. We do this by reading the Bible and applying what it says to our lives. It means trusting that when He says something He means it. This is quite difficult when we live in a world that is so untrustworthy. But, He is not of this world, He has overcome it. And so He gives us the power to align ourselves with His thought process through the Word of God. The Word of God restructures our reasoning and transforms our thinking so that we share in His limitless supply.
- Take Communion. In Matthew 26:26-30 Jesus institutes the Lord’s Supper during the Passover meal. He instructs them to take the cup, give thanks and to drink! As we partake of communion, we proclaim the Lord’s death and His resurrection; we proclaim Him as our supply! Praise be to God! Communion is a vital part of the victory in the life of the believer. It is applying the truth to our lives and proclaiming His victory!! Eat of the bread and drink of the cup to celebrate and share in this complete victory!
Today, as you accept the supply of our Lord, begin to say or remind everything that has come to bring destruction to your life, “Passover! You must passover me in Jesus Name!! I am not the victim anymore! God sent His Son just for me! I am the victory of my Lord Jesus and I am covered in the blood and I tell you to look to the blood shed for me!!” It will speak!