What God is Saying

Sing to the LORD; praise his name. Each day proclaim the good news that he saves. Publish his glorious deeds among the nations. Tell everyone about the amazing things he does. — Psalm 96:2-3

Tuesday, December 6, 2011

Jesse Tree - A Lamb Sacrificed (Day 11)

I will bring judgment on all the gods of Egypt. I am the Lord. The blood will be a sign for you on the houses where you are; and when I see the blood, I will pass over you. No destructive plague will touch you.
Exodus 12:12-13

For Christ, our Passover lamb, has been sacrificed.  
1 Corinthians 5:7

Bible Reading: Exodus 12:1-13:42
Jesse Tree Symbol - Lamb (got to Jesse Tree Ornaments 2 and scroll down for lamb)

Passover is about so much more than just the Israelites many years ago. It describes the experience of the entire human race. 

When Adam and Eve sinned, they left the Promised Land, just as Jacob and his family had done, to go live in the world/Egypt...a land ruled by many gods. Quickly, the human race become bound to the devil with the chains of sin. Like the Israelites, they cried out for a Savior. 

Now God is a just and fair God. Evil must be punished. In Matthew 25:41, Jesus teaches about the reality of hell. He warns that hell is an eternal separation from God. It is a place of impenetrable darkness, uninterrupted pain, and unquenchable fire. He also warns that those who reject Him will spend eternity there. 

In Egypt, God's judgment came down upon the gods of the land and upon the people who worshipped and sacrificed to them. With the entire human race, God's judgment also comes down on those who have sinned and aligned themselves with the devil. 

However, just as the Lord, in His infinite grace, provided a sacrifice for the Israelites in Egypt, He provided a sacrifice for all the people of the world. A lamb...a perfect, spotless lamb. 

Jesus was that lamb. "The next day John saw Jesus coming toward him and said, "Look, the Lamb of God, who takes away the sin of the world!" John 1:29

The blood of the lambs was used as a covering for the people of Israel in Egypt. "Take a bunch of hyssop, dip it into the blood in the basin and put some of the blood on the top and on both sides of the doorframe. Not one of you shall go out the door of his house until morning. When the Lord goes through the land to strike down the Egyptians, he will see the blood on the top and sides of the doorframe and will pass over that doorway, and he will not permit the destroyer to enter your houses and strike you down."  Exodus 12:22-23

Just like the Passover lamb, the blood of Jesus Christ covers our sins and saves us from the ultimate judgment of the Lord God.

But now in Christ Jesus you who once were far away have been brought near through the blood of Christ. Ephesians 2:13

How much more, then, will the blood of Christ, who through the eternal Spirit offered himself unblemished to God, cleanse our consciences from acts that lead to death, so that we may serve the living God! Hebrews 9:14

For you know that it was not with perishable things such as silver or gold that you were redeemed from the empty way of life handed down to you from your forefathers, but with the precious blood of Christ, a lamb without blemish or defect.  1 Peter 1:18-19

To him who loves us and has freed us from our sins by his blood, and has made us to be a kingdom and priests to serve his God and Father-to him be glory and power for ever and ever! Amen.  
Revelation 1:5-6

The above commentary on Exodus is part of a 4-week Advent Reflection for the Jesse Tree. The Jesse Tree is similar to an advent calendar. Every day you will read a Bible passage to your child(ren), discuss what it means to them in personal terms and color an ornament to hang on your Jesse Tree. A fuller description of this can be found at The Jesse Tree

When you are finished today, you might want to discuss how Christmas is about giving much more than getting. One way that your family can give is through their daily prayers. This might be a good time to pray for a specific country or for a group of people who do not know about Jesus. Today, over 2 billion people, 1/3 of the earth's population, have never heard the Gospel message. We need to step out in obedience and pray for them as God asks us to. 

Two great websites to help you do this are:
Operation World  go to Featured Nation and click on Country Profile

Another way to give is by giving a gift to those, throughout the world, who have very little. It might be a chicken, or sheep or a goat...maybe you can help pay for the digging of a well or provide a sewing machine to a widow so she can provide for her family. There are many ways to help this Christmas. Visit  Gospel for Asia and take a look at their Christmas Catalog. 

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