Scripture Reading: Exodus 12:1-51, Exodus 13:1-16, Psalm 51:7, John 1:29
When I was a clumsy and uncoordinated middle schooler, I somehow managed to make the seventh grade cheerleading squad. I ended up loving it so much that it became the highlight of my awkward middle school years, and every year after, until I graduated from high school.
One of the biggest perks that came with being a member of the cheerleading squad was the cute t-shirt the school gave us to wear on game days. It was red, with “Eagles” embroidered across the front. Like a 12-year-old’s version of a letterman’s jacket, our red t-shirts were a way to show what we were a part of, where we belonged. We often use material objects to distinguish ourselves, like wearing wedding bands to mark a marriage covenant, or black clothing in times of grieving.
In Exodus 12, God told the Israelites to use a special tactic to protect themselves from the plague that He would be sending through the land of Egypt. The Israelites were to mark their doors using the blood of the lamb they’d slaughtered. When the Lord saw the blood above the door, He would pass over them, keeping them safe from the plague (Exodus 12:13). The Israelites called this event the Passover, and Moses instructed the elders of Israel to keep this tradition and celebrate it every year:
When you enter the land that the Lord will give you as he promised, you are to observe this ceremony. When your children ask you, “What does this ceremony mean to you?” you are to reply, “It is the Passover sacrifice to the Lord, for he passed over the houses of the Israelites in Egypt when he struck the Egyptians and spared our homes.”
The blood of the lamb was a distinguishing mark for the Israelites as God’s people.
The blood of the lamb saved them from the destruction coming to the Egyptians as a result of the plague.
After the lamb was sacrificed and the door marked with blood, the Lord brought the Israelites out of Egypt and out of slavery, by the strength of His hand (Exodus 13:16).
In a similar fashion, the blood of Christ is a distinguishing mark for us, as Christians. Because of Jesus, we are able to live freely by the grace He bought for us through His spotless life, death, and resurrection. His blood distinguishes us and sets us apart as a royal priesthood of believers called to spread the good news of the gospel to others (1 Peter 2:9). All of this is possible because “Christ our Passover lamb has been sacrificed” (1 Corinthians 5:7).
The blood of the Lamb is a distinguishing mark for us, reminding us of His sacrifice and setting us apart as believers.
The blood of the Lamb washes us whiter than snow (John 1:29).
The blood of the Lamb reminds us of our salvation and pushes us to live a life of freedom (Galatians 5:1).
My middle school cheerleading shirt was a fun distinguishing mark, but I’m thankful to have the mark of Christ’s blood to mark my salvation and proclaim my righteousness (2 Corinthians 5:21). The Israelites were kept safe from the plague by the mark on their doors, and Christ’s blood is a mark on our hearts, of the redemption found in Him. Thanks be to God.