Day 2

Understanding Exodus Through the Cross

Genesis 15:13-15, Psalm 136:1-26, Luke 24:13-32

BY Guest Writer

Scripture Reading: Genesis 15:13-15, Psalm 136:1-26, Luke 24:13-32

Jesus said the book of Exodus was about Him.

To the religious leaders who wanted to kill Him, Jesus said, “if you believed Moses, you would believe me, because he wrote about me” (John 5:46). And when He appeared to the travelers on the road to Emmaus after He had risen, “beginning with Moses and all the Prophets, he interpreted for them the things concerning himself in all the Scriptures” (Luke 24:27). Passages like these tell us there is no better way to read to the book of Exodus than in light of Jesus’ cross and empty tomb.

The entire story of Exodus rests on promises God made to His people. There is the promise the Lord made to Abraham four hundred years earlier—to take his descendants as His own and love them with an everlasting love (Genesis 12:1–3). Exodus says it was because of this ancient promise to Abraham that God delivered the people of Moses (Exodus 2:24). This has always been the way of the Lord. The grace He extends to you and me is not based on how He feels about us in any given moment. His faithfulness is anchored in ancient promises He made long before we were born. God doesn’t change. His steadfast love endures forever (Psalm 136:1).

But there is an even greater promise at work in Exodus than the one He made to Abraham. When Adam and Eve sinned against the Lord, God swore that one would come from the woman who would crush evil’s head (Genesis 3:15). The life, death, and resurrection of Jesus is the fulfillment of that promise. Every word of Scripture that follows rests on God’s vow to redeem and restore His sinful, wayward people to Himself, which He accomplished through the ministry of His Son.

Exodus points to how Jesus would save us. We see Him in the Passover Lamb, in the bread from heaven, in the water that flowed when the rock was struck, and in the burning bush which spoke the name “I AM.” We see Him in the liberation of a people oppressed by tyranny and enslaved to the kingdom of this world. Even more, we see Jesus as the presence of God coming down from heaven to dwell among His people (Exodus 40:34-35, John 1:14).

When we stop to ask why any of these events took place, the answer is because God made a promise. He made a promise to rescue us from slavery to sin (Romans 6:18). He made a promise to lead us through the wilderness of this life (Psalm 23). And He made a promise to bring us into our eternal promised home (2 Corinthians 5:1). All these things have been accomplished for us through the sacrifice of our perfect Passover Lamb, Jesus—the Son of God (1 Peter 1:18-19).

The Bible is a book of promises made and promises kept, and Jesus is at the center of them all (2 Corinthians 1:20).


Russ Ramsey and his wife and four children make their home in Nashville, Tennessee. He is the Content Director for She Reads Truth and He Reads Truth, and a pastor at Christ Presbyterian Church. Russ is the author Struck: One Christian’s Reflections on Encountering Death, Behold the Lamb of God, and Behold the King of Glory. You can follow him on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram.

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146 thoughts on "Understanding Exodus Through the Cross"

  1. LaTarra Lane says:

    God loves us so much that his promises were made long before we were created. His love is forever eternal. I love how the tomb was only borrowed for three days.

  2. Rebecca Baldwin says:

    It’s really helpful to have passages pulled together from different parts of the bible and have connections drawn between them

    1. Elise Drennan says:

      That’s what I was thinking too!

  3. Emily Rehm says:

    What is so amazing to me is that GOD CHOSE to make the promise to save his people. HE made the plan, HE has been faithful to do it. We did not need to bargain or beg for him to save us, he just did it before we could even respond because he loves us and wants our hearts. what a good, good God ❤️

  4. Parker says:

    Just started this Lent study. Haven’t been this joyful (literally couldn’t stop smiling!!) until reading about the people walking on the road to Emmaus today. I was imagining myself there. Imagining Jesus laying out the scripture and that he was in ALL of the promises of the Old Testament! And so often, WE MISS HIM! Because he didn’t come to earth how we expected. Imagining Jesus Christ reclining at my table, breaking bread and my “heart is burning within me” in the presence of God right now, realizing that’s what I will get to do for all of eternity! He is so good and His faithful love endures forever!!

  5. Lauren Gutierrez says:

    He keeps his promises! He loves us so much!

  6. Michelle Emery says:

    32They said to each other, “Did not our hearts burn within us while he talked to us on the road, while he opened to us the Scriptures?”

    1. Jenade Holloway says:

      I love this verse! It shows just how powerful the word of God us and how we can still experience his presence by reading it. It’s like Jesus was saying to them, “I have not left you. I can always be found in the Scriptures.”

  7. Tawnee Rabuco says:

    God keeps his promise. He’s the Savior of the world. His love endures forever.

  8. Christina Guerra says:

    Really and truly it’s a love story, the first 3 chapters of the Bible deal with God creating man, and sin separating us from God. The last the chapters in the Bible deal with God recreating a new earth, sanctifying us and bring us to be with Him forever. The rest of the Bible is all just a story of His redemptive love. A perfect 7 ♥️

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