Advent 2015: Born Is The King: Day 11

Jesus Is The True & Better Passover Lamb

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Today's Text: Exodus 12:1-28, John 1:29, 1 Peter 1:18-19, 1 Corinthians 5:7-8

Text: Exodus 12:1-28, John 1:29, 1 Peter 1:18-19, 1 Corinthians 5:7-8

A couple of years ago, I visited Israel. It was April and by the time my group arrived in Jerusalem, preparation for Passover was in full swing. You couldn’t find a loaf of leavened bread anywhere. Hotels were hustling to get things just right for the guests who would soon arrive, and locals were taking off to resorts. (Apparently Passover is also a popular week to vacation in Israel.)

It was pretty incredible to be in the Holy City at around the same time of year that Jesus would have arrived in Jerusalem for His final Passover, for the final Passover.

On the way there, I sat by a guy on the plane who had been born and raised in Jerusalem. He told me that his parents liked to host visitors in their home to serve religious meals on Sabbath and Passover and teach them the history of the rituals.

I imagine for the seder, the meal eaten on the first night of Passover, they would explain the passage in Exodus 12 we read today. The unleavened bread. The slaughter of the lamb. They would explain what the blood meant and how their ancestors, so many years ago, were saved by that blood painted over their doors. By God’s grace, the angel of death passed over them (Exodus 12:13).

Because so many Christians make the pilgrimage to Jerusalem, my friend on the plane said most of the guests his parents host are believers. I thought that was interesting. How differently a Christian must experience a Passover meal compared to an Orthodox Jew. The two may be eating and drinking the very same thing, but they are likely thinking and feeling something completely different. One celebrates the night of the first Passover when the blood of the lamb saved the lives of Israel’s firstborn sons. The other celebrates the night of the last Passover when the blood of the Lamb made the final atonement for our sin so we can be saved, eternally (1 Corinthians 5:7).

Although Christ’s sacrifice is the event of Christianity—the foundational truth that establishes it as a faith and sets us apart as Christ followers—I almost daily lose sight of its significance. I rarely follow the instruction Paul gives to the Corinthians, to live a life that “observes the feast” (1 Corinthians 5:8).

More often than not, I live under the weight of my own sin, as if Christ’s sacrifice isn’t enough to cover my own transgressions. I look around frantically for solutions to fix what I have broken, but overcorrecting only leads me to legalism—the opposite of freedom in Christ. This is why I love the reminder Peter gives about the assurance of our salvation:

For you know that you were redeemed from your empty way of life inherited from the fathers, not with perishable things like silver and gold, but with the precious blood of Christ, like that of a lamb without defect or blemish.
-1 Peter 1:18-19

The blood of the Lamb is not perishable. What a promise! Our salvation in Christ does not have an expiration date. It was a one-time-deal, a forever-atoned exchange that means we are forever accepted. Because of Jesus, the true and better Passover Lamb, we now live free, the chains of sin eternally broken.

I wish we could all sit at a table together and partake of the seder meal. But since we can’t, let’s imagine it. Let’s virtually raise our glasses and promise each other that today we will keep the feast, even as we anticipate the wedding supper of the Lamb that is yet to come (Revelation 19:9).

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  • Hallelujah! How exciting it is to know that my JESUS has redeemed me by His shed blood on calvary!! JOY!

  • The sacrifice of the first Passover lamb and the application of its blood protected them from the death angel, and preceded their deliverance from Egypt’s bondage (which is symbolic of our deliverance from sin). The blood of Christ, the Lamb of God, not only atoned for our sins, but redeemed us back to God. Redemption under the old law was two-fold. It repaid or forgave the debt, and also freed the person or object from the ownership of and service to the bondholder. We were in bondage to sin, unable to free ourselves from the power of sin, Satan, and self. The precious Lamb of God paid our debt, allowing us to be forgiven; and, His sacrifice bought us back to God, no longer in bondage to sin, Satan, or self; we now belong to God and are empowered to reign over sin every day, and live our lives for the glory of God, according to His will, by His enabling grace. Rev. 5:6-10: …in the midst …stood a Lamb as it had been slain… thou wast slain, and hast redeemed us to God by thy blood… and hast made us unto our God kings (power to reign) and priests (offering acceptable sacrifices): and we shall reign on the earth (here and now). The instruction of Paul in 1 Cor. 5:7-8 is that we need to do more than keep a traditional Passover ceremony, but instead purge out the old leaven of sin and mere tradition, and live our daily lives in purity and truth.

  • jess1215

    I love that…”keep the feast”. This so hard to do, at least in our society, we are so overwhelmed with “things”. Things to do…things to get…things to say…things to e-mail…things to do for our jobs. I often don’t stop and think about much of anything but what I am doing in that moment. I am praying God will show me how to integrate Him into all my thoughts and that I can “keep the feast” no matter what I am doing!

  • So well written – thank you! Shalom!

  • I once attended a traditional Seder meal a Christian Jewish hosted in our church. It was a meaningful experience I hope to be able to do again.

  • I was listening to a podcast earlier about fashion blogger and vloggers. It wasn’t done by Christians, but one of the things they noted about the lives of the women in this industry is how exhausting it is. I think we’ve all felt that at times when scrolling through the internet on different sites, and thought that the verses in Peter were so great because they remind us that materialism is empty, which is why those things can be so empty and unsatisfying if we consumer too much of them. I also loved that the corinthians passage gave us the antidote, the answer to what we truly need which is a steady diet of truth from the word of God.

  • I was raised Catholic growing up, and my church always did a seder meal around passover. It was one of my favorite experiences, because it made it starkly clear the differences between how we as Christians view this meal compared to the Orthodox Jews. I love the distinction of how we both celebrate the same but also different Passover. So powerful, and even more so that the lamb of God takes away the sins of the world! I just really loved this devotional today for this reminder! I’m just so loving the verse in 1 Peter too! How may more exclamation points can I give! ;) !!!!!!

  • How come I can’t share these posts on Facebook anymore? ([email protected]; someone please e-mail me the answer!)

    • holly

      I see the Facebook icon just to the left of the picture at the bottom, try that?

  • “Live a life that observes the feast.” Love this thought.

  • 1 Corinthians 5:8 got me…it really got me…God gave us hope and a second chance through Jesus blood and sacrifice. And this is worth celebrating and we are actually encouraged to celebrate this…this is the first time I have actually got the massiveness of Jesus sacrifice and the first time I have wanted to celebrate the second chance that I was given.

    I come from a christian family, grew up in a christian family and learnt in a christian school but this is the first time I have got it…and received the acknowledgement to CELEBRATE my second chance…whoop whoop!!!

    Praise the Lord for he is great…he is AMAZING!!!

    • Monica

      Wonderful! Yes we get a second chance. It’s so beautiful to realize that and bathe in the wonder and excitement of what God did for us.

  • I am new to reading the word. So many times I don’t u first and what I read, but today I actually got it. We must be stained!

    • Cari Spaulding

      You got it girl! This is one of the most basic, but most important concepts the wrap our minds around! I love how you put it…we truly must be stained!

    • Samantha

      I love this thought so much…”we must be stained.” What a beautiful thought.

  • Praise God from whom all blessings flow. Lift praise today SRT friends Our loving father has answered a prayer of mine that in January would be 2 years old. I know in my head that it is always in His time and for His glory. I am beyond blessed and thankful to our Father.

  • Christina Hargrove

    Here-here!

  • Jesus is more than enough.
    I, too, often find myself under the burden of my own failings. When I survey the messes I have made, the emptiness I have created, the brokenness of a crushed spirit within me… My default mode is to fix it all, fix it all now! Yet, try as I may, my faulty attempts to mend and fix also lead me down the path of over-correcting & legalism, and further away from Christ and His promised freedom. (Thank you, Andrea, for putting words to my own struggle.)
    And I am reminded once again that Jesus is enough. He is more than enough. Where I deal out condemnation and judgment over my self and my circumstances, He is patiently waiting to offer a better way of peace, forgiveness and freedom. Will I stop in my own striving and see Him there, ready to walk with me through the mess? Or will I continue down my own empty path heading nowhere?
    Grateful for this perspective. He is my perfect sacrifice, my true & better Passover Lamb. His life and sacrifice was and is more than enough.
    Because of Jesus I can walk in freedom. I can be called Free.
    I am free, indeed. Thankful that He saves me from myself time and time and time again.

    • Bethany Wong

      Thank for this encouraging reflection, Beverly! I find myself exactly in the same boat as you are! Thank God for His faithfulness as we fail time and time again to be faithful to Him! He is so Good!!

    • Lindsey

      You both have beautifully worded my struggle as well. God bless you!

  • The verse that spoke to me this morning was Exodus 12:23b. My NLT bible reads” …, the Lord will pass over your home. He will not permit the Destroyer to enter and strike down your first born.”
    “…He will not permit the Destroyer to enter….”
    An interesting illustration of the continuing battle of the spirit realm in our hearts.

    • Katie

      This verse stood out to me as well. Love the picture of Jesus as the protector and guardian of my heart and home. He will not allow the destroyer to enter.

  • Thank GOD we were redeemed from an empty way of life inherited from our fathers! This hits EXTREMELY close to home for me; see, my dad had an inheritance coming. He told us of it growing up, not often but enough to know the rest of us would likely not need to work anymore after he received the big one. We knew this, growing up. But then it came – the wealthy relative passed, and my father’s siblings waited, chomping to see what they had been left with. I’m not saying all of this to paint anyone in a bad light. But when that inheritance came last year & it was less than anyone could have guessed, I saw my father’s hope fade as the promise of earthly wealth did the same. His empty way of living could not stand, but today I’m so thankful for a way of life that will not tarnish like precious metal, or be spent away by eager hands! Our inheritance was bought with something more precious than gold, our savior’s blood which secures a future for us beyond anything we could “set up” ourselves. And I’m so thankful!

    • Jessie

      I went through a very similar situation last year, too, Kylee. My grandmother always saw me as her third child instead of her one and only grandchild. And I was told by everyone growing up that I’d never want for anything and that I would always be taken care of. But before she passed, her husband and my estranged aunt brainwashed her, and ultimately I was written out of the will. And my father never stepped in to put an end to it. It all came down to greed. And I tell myself that I’ve made peace with it often, and for the most part I have. But there are still moments when it makes me angry. When I think “what if” and “if only.” I mean, why would a family turn on one of their own?

      But your comment has made me realize what’s really important. Regardless what that inheritance could have done for me here on earth, nothing could ever compare to my inheritance from God. You are so right! Whenever I get upset about it, I can remember this. Something so much bigger is coming my way. Thank you so much for sharing your story. I needed to hear it.

  • This is what I need to remember constantly, but as you said, Andrea, I oftentimes end up living under the pressure of my own sin. I reread that part of the post because it meant so much to me, because I have so much trouble letting go of my own inadequacy to look into Jesus’ imperishable salvation given to us!

    To think about what this means, though, is to realize that God isn’t even saving us from ourselves, although we got ourselves into this mess of sin, but He is saving us from Himself. Who was the Destroyer? God. And who is righteously angry at the sin in our lives? God. And so Jesus’ sacrifice of grace is even more graceful than we realize because He is taking upon Himself the wrath coming from Himself directed towards sin.

    And this grace is bigger than I realized too! For the blood of the lamb wasn’t conditional upon the state of the family within. It has nothing to do with the acts of the people except that they had faith in the power of the blood. Just so with us. Nothing we can do can save us, rather, Christ’s blood on the doorpost of our hearts completely redeems us! Oh how worthy of living the feast! Oh how worthy Jesus is of all praise!

    • Hannah

      Amen sister

    • Amy

      Your thought that God is saving us from Himself, from His wrath, really spoke to me. What amazes me is how righteous His wrath is–how awful my sin is to Him–and yet how willingly He took what I deserved. I absolutely agree with your last comment: “How worthy Jesus is of all praise!”

      • Hannah

        Yes! Let us live lives of praise together for such an indescribable God!

  • Trisha C

    Beautiful devotional today. Thank you for this much needed reminder to fix my eyes on Jesus, my Passover Lamb, slain from the foundations of the world for me.

  • Caroline @ In Due Time

    Thank you Lord for breaking our chains of all sin! Thank you that you are our forever King! http://www.in-due-time.com

  • Nikki I love those symbols that point to Jesus in the Passover celebration. Such powerful symbolism

  • My husband is of Jewish descent, never practiced Judaism himself and was never bar mitzvah’d, but is now baptized and a bekiver in Christ as I am; Reading these words today, especially during another special time of year for the Jewish people (hanukkah) I am conflicted- God’s word is true, and never changes, so when that passage says the Passover festival should be celebrated and it’s laws observed accordingly permanently, Should he/we be celebrating Passover during the appropriate time of year? I believe Jesus made/was/is the ultimate sacrifice for all time yet if God’s word never changes what do we do when it says ‘this is to be celebrated forever from generation to generation’? Does thisbapply only to those of Jewish descent or practicing Jews? Looking for some clarity on this.. thanks!

    • Kara Hunnicutt

      Nena, I absolutely see what you’re saying but salvation in Jesus has eliminated some of those things from the Old Testament. Not that they’re not important and not that they don’t still hold true but because Jesus was sacrificed some events are necessary to be observed or done. Like Circumcision. However, I definitely think this is something that could be talked about with your pastor or an elder. That’s a great question.

    • Jena

      Hi Nena – you know the same thoughts came to me as I was reading and I asked Jesus to help me understand. I think my clarification came with the scripture referenced in 1 Corinthians 5:8; we can observe this time with sincerity and truth. I think however you plan to observe it, that as long as the center is Jesus and focusing on what He did for us that is what is most important here. He wants sincerity and truth, that is a character of our relationship with Him and was a good conformation for me. I hope that helps you a bit.

    • Trisha C

      Nena, a passage that comes to mind for me is Colossians 2:16-17 “Therefore let no one pass judgment on you in questions of food and drink, or with regard to a festival or a new moon or a Sabbath. These are a shadow of the things to come, but the substance belongs to Christ.”
      ‭‭Since Jesus is the fulfillment of these feasts and festivals, we in essence celebrate them every day when we come boldly to God’s throne of grace through Jesus Christ. That being said, I think they are a beautiful reminder of Gods perfect, intricate, foreordained plan of salvation and can enhance our knowledge of Him and be a wonderful time of worship vs a legalistic requirement. Am I making sense? Those are my thoughts anyway. I love the beauty of what the OT feasts represent and the opportunities they offer us to celebrate Jesus in a new way. Would also love to hear other thoughts on this!

    • Kara Hunnicutt

      So, Nena, I was just watching What’s in the Bible with Buck Denver with my kids for bible study. We are watching the What’s a Pentateuch. In this episode they asked and addressed the same exact questions! I recommend checking it out. It may be a kid’s study but it really breaks it down!

    • Laci

      Hi Nena! I actually know a man where I work who is a Christian but still practices some of the old Jewish traditions from the Torah. We’ve had some great conversations about it and he mentioned that for him it’s a form of worship. He says he doesn’t do it because he has to, but because like anyone who would sing, dance, or hike up a mountain to feel God’s presence, he eats a kosher diet and practices the feasts to be closer to God. He says that even though he believes Jesus is Messiah (which is the main place where Judaism differs from Christianity), God never told his people to stop practicing their old ways. I’m sure there’s a lot of arguments that could be made and I, myself, believe that Jesus was the ultimate sacrifice so there’s no need but I thought his words were beautiful regardless. You can see Christ in him so clearly. A lot of Jews in our community didn’t talk to him for years and his wasn’t allowed in the synagogue. Recently, they came around and told him he’s welcomed in their community (which is HUGE) and the rabbis now approach him for advice. He started his own church that practices the ways (some of them) of the Torah and yet still believes the New Testament. Interesting stuff…

  • Nikki Falvey

    It is always amazing to me to learn how Jesus fulfilled the feasts of Passover, Unleavened Bread, First Fruits, and Pentecost (Shavu’ot)! I am a member of a Messianic Jewish Congregation where we celebrate these and the Hebrew fall feasts, not in a legalistic way but in the light of Jesus/Yeshua and the New Covenant revelation. It is such a blessing to realize how God orchestrated every detail of these celebrations to point to His Son and the pivotal moment in all time when he died on the cross for us.
    There’s one part in the celebration of Passover where you take three pieces of bread and wrap them together in a cloth. Orthodox rabbis debate what exactly this “unity” represents but as believers we can see it as the Father, Son, and Holy Spirit. You then remove and break the middle piece of unleavened bread (the Son), wrap it in a special cloth, and hide it until the end of the feast. When the rest is over, you bring the hidden bread out (normally you send the kids to find it) and eat it as the dessert. It is viewed traditionally as a sign of poverty and hunger, to hide some bread for later, and the end of times when there is no hunger and the sweetness of God’s kingdom is tasted in the dessert. As believers, we see that this also represents Jesus’s body broken for us, wrapped in a shroud, and buried, then raised in a glorious resurrection and bringing with Him the sweet dessert of conquering death for all who call upon Him and securing our salvation.
    Worthy is the Lamb indeed!

    • Andrea Lucas's

      Thank you for sharing that Nikki! That is so cool about the trinity and the bread! Yes, the feasts and every detail of them are so rich for the believer.

    • Cindy

      Thank you, Nikki, for that enlightenment! I appreciate so much the traditions, and it is awe-inspiring to see how they tie in with Christ’s sacrifice for us. Thanking Him for loving me when it is so undeserved!

    • Staci Woodward

      Nikki, this was so encouraging to me! Thank you for sharing your rich tradition with us and showing how as believers in Christ we too can celebrate the feasts and traditions with great celebration! Knowing that Messiah has come and saved us and will come again! I am inspired to learn more about this and maybe celebrate these traditions and teach my children about them! Thank you

  • Thanks Helen for reminding us to be great full for the mercy God gave us and then to extend it to others who we meet during the day..

  • Helen Walkingawesome.blogspot.com

    I pray that the thought of our Passover is as ever-present to us as it would be to Moses and his gang. They would see the blood on their doorposts with every entry and exit from their homes, in effect carrying the knowledge that God had mercy and saved them with them into their families when they come in. And likewise, carrying thatknowledge out into the world whenever they’d leave home. I pray that our Lord’s sacrifice can be as constantly on our hearts to both remind us we are saved from otherwise certain death and to inspire mercy in us. God’s angel of death passed over His people; I pray that my anger, sau iness, criticism, impatience, and anything else I do that could tear another person down, even to a small degree, is stopped in its tracks when I’m reminded of what God has done for me.

  • Last year as I was reading with my kids I came across a a fact in their Awesome Book of Bible Facts that changed the way I look at the Nativity scene. It turns out that when a sacrificial lamb was born it was wrapped in swaddling cloth and put in the manger so it wouldn’t injure itself and become blemished.
    This sent me on a hunt to find more, and it might have been that the shepherds that the Angels visited were actually shepherd priests, the very shepherds that birthed the Passover lambs and that Jesus wasn’t just born in Amy stable but actually in a cave that was used to care for sacrificial lambs. When they were told that the baby would be wrapped in swaddling clothes in a manger, it was an image of a baby Passover lamb to them.

    • Joelle

      Wow! Thank you for that insight!

    • Ashley

      I’ve never heard this before. That is really interesting! I feel like that gives the story a whole new perspective now.

    • JadeyLoo

      Thank you so much for sharing that, Allison!

    • Nikki Falvey

      That is so cool, thank you Allison!

    • Andrea

      Our God is a Storyteller of great detail!! I LOVE that He gives us many ways to unwrap the gospel and see it with fresh eyes again. Thanks for sharing this!!

    • Hannah

      Wow! God doesn’t let anything lack meaning in His Word and I am constantly amazed at Him as He shows me such eye-opening things as you detailed! Thank you for sharing!

  • How do you celebrate Passover?

    • Churchmouse

      I have attended a seder in the past at our church but typically nothing specific although it is always taught in detail during Lent and Easter.

    • Nikravesous

      Hi Lindsey! You can find a Messianic Jewish Congregation near you (check out mjaa.org, the Messianic Jewish Alliance of America) to celebrate it with fellow believers who know its implications in both Jewish tradition and in the light of Jesus/Yeshua. Or you can celebrate at home, this website can help: http://www.hebrew4christians.com/Holidays/Spring_Holidays/Pesach/pesach.html, and there are a number of books that can help, such as “Feasts of the Bible Participants Guide” by Sam Nadler.

      My husband and I have been celebrating all the feasts of God with our church, Tree of Life Messianic Jewish Congregation, for about two years now and it is such a blessing to experience the feasts and what they can teach us about God’s perfect design throughout history to point us to His Son! I highly recommend attending a Seder if you can! I hope this helps :)

  • Churchmouse

    Perhaps the best way to ‘keep the feast’ today is to refuse to pick up those broken chains of sin. So often I get down on myself and I forget that the chains of sin are permanently broken. How dare I pick them back up and drape them over myself when it cost my Savior His life blood to set me free!

  • The image of the lamb’s blood over the door frame has always been profound to me. The physical dressing to say to God, “This household is one of yours, I am one of yours”. It wasn’t to be taken lightly. These folks had to choose just the right, without blemish, young, innocent babe of a lamb. This lamb sacrificed while it mewed, precious and new. They had to sprinkle the blood from one corner to the next of their frames to ensure death passed them by. And it stuns me that this is so. It stuns me that the cross is our wood frame. The one in which blood was shed brutality by our lamb. The One; innocent, without blemish, hung out just as the wee lambs were after their blood shed for the Israelites. It stuns me that One would love us enough to live out this in actuality. To save us from law, from death. The Cross … representing OUR door to our freedom, our door to salvation, redemption, and LIFE … the blood on IT shouting to God for us saying, “This one God, this one is yours.”

    Thankful for the cross, for our perfect Lamb. Prayerful that as I wake each day, I remember that Christ’s blood is over my heart! ~ B

    • Cathy

      Amen! Sharing in your thanks too!!

    • Liz S

      B, this has me weeping…thank you so much for your words…thank you so much, Precious Lamb!

    • K

      Beautifully said.

    • Kiley

      thank you for sharing, B! what a beautiful message that I so desperately needed to hear today!

    • Amy

      Thank you for likening the cross to a door, for us. That gives me much to think about.

    • Beverly

      I am His, He is mine. Beautiful thoughts, B. Eternally grateful Christ’s blood is over my heart, too! That this is forever true and not dependent on anything I could do or not do.

    • Sheryl

      I never really understood it until now. Thank you for sharing your beautiful description! It just flat out makes me feel loved♥️

    • Tina

      This is TRUTH in a language that I understand and it hits home …right to the core of me…
      Thank you -B…beautifully and soul reachingly written….
      Love right back to you dear heart..xxx

  • Thank you Jesus for allowing us direct access to you! No complicated rituals needed anymore. You truly are a better and perfect Passover lamb!

  • For several years my husband and I have had the blessing of participating in a messianic Seder meal hosted by some dear friends, she a messianic Jew. While sitting at table, reading from both the old and new testament scriptures, our thoughts go back to the story in Exodus as each element is observed and explained, with thankfulness that we as Christians have been attoned by the blood of Christ, yet realize the Jewish faith is still waiting. It is a most holy worship meal and if given the opportunity to attend, indeed a beautiful and memorable time to worship.

  • Oh that we may share the great news of Jesus so that others too may know how God can rescue them, so that their sins will be passed over with Jesus’ precious blood!

  • Sandy F (UK)

    Its great to be reminded how truly blessed we are…. I know on the bad days that’s maybe not how we instantly see our lives, but we are daughters of a living God, who loves us and sent his son to died for us, wow what amazing love.

  • Last year as I was reading with my kids I came across a a fact in their Awesome Book of Bible Facts that changed the way I look at the Nativity scene. It turns out that when a sacrificial lamb was born it was wrapped in swaddling cloth and put in the manger so it wouldn’t injure itself and become blemished.
    This sent me on a hunt to find more, and it might have been that the shepherds that the Angels visited were actually shepherd priests, the very shepherds that birthed the Passover lambs and that Jesus wasn’t just born in Amy stable but actually in a cave that was used to care for sacrificial lambs. When they were told that the baby would be wrapped in swaddling clothes in a manger, it was an image of a baby Passover lamb to them.

    These are really interesting blog posts about this.

    http://www.arielministries.org/ariel/roar_main_december2012.html

    http://www.templestudy.com/2009/12/18/shepherds-christmas-story/

    http://hethathasanear.com/Birth.html

  • It is so good to remember. I so often forget the sacrifice. I cheapen grace and exploit mercy. Lord, don’t let me forget the precious blood of Christ. Just as it stained the door frames of the Israelite, may it stain me in order to remind me of your sacrifice and my freedom.

    • Missy CM

      So good to see you back here, Kelly!

      Yes… can you imagine those door frames year after year– stained. What a daily reminder as they came and went though.

    • ~ B ~

      Love this … “may it stain me in order to remind …” Beautiful Kelly! ~ B

  • I wish I could sit at an actual table with you all, but I love the idea that although we are all scattered across the world we can come together here and celebrate what Jesus has done- the perfect Passover Lamb who shed his blood to buy our freedom and forgiveness.
    I noticed in v2 the Israelites were told that from now on, that month was to be the first month of the year. It was always to be a reminder of the fresh start God had given them, just like we have new life through Jesus.

    • Kelly S

      It is so good to share this time with you, sister! Celebrating our Jesus and the fresh start He offers with you this morning!

    • Emily

      I love your insight about the first month. Thank you for sharing!

  • 1 Peter 1:18-19 18 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 ancestors, 19 but with the precious blood of Christ, a lamb without blemish or defect.

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