Day 9

O Come, Spotless Lamb

Exodus 12:1-14, Exodus 12:21-28, John 1:29, 1 Peter 1:17-21, 1 Corinthians 5:6-8

BY Claire Gibson

On Saturdays, Katherine bakes bread. Flour mingles with melted butter, sugar, salt, and eggs in a bowl. There is no yeast; no need for the dough to rise. She presses it out into an oval shape with a rolling pin and bakes it in the oven until it is golden brown on top. On Sundays, she takes the bread with her to church and it’s broken into pieces for communion. After the service, little children race to the altar to claim any leftover morsels for themselves.

I love Katherine’s flatbread—not only because it tastes so good, but also because it brings Scripture to life for me. Every week, she creates something that is of such great value, children run for it. Do I run for Jesus with that much fervor? Am I as hungry for Him as they are for her delicious bread?

More than a thousand years before Jesus was born, God gave His people a recipe for their last meal in slavery. It was a quick meal—bread without leavening, fresh meat from a spotless lamb slaughtered and roasted in the same evening. He told them not to waste a single bite, but to plan to share with their neighbors, as necessary. The instructions were simple and clear: Eat fast and wear your running clothes. I’m about to deliver you to freedom.

Imagine the sound of the communal slaughter that night. Hundreds, if not thousands, of lambs all killed at twilight. How strange it must have been to paint that blood on the doorways—doorways that they would walk out of for the last time, just a few hours later.

There are countless parallels between events recorded in the Old Testament and the things Jesus accomplished in His short life on earth. The Passover started the Exodus, but it is also a picture of what was to come in Jesus. It is no coincidence that Jesus’s crucifixion happened during Passover. It is no coincidence that His blood is now our doorway into freedom. This isn’t a new story: it’s the same story that has been told over and over again, since the beginning of the world. For “He was foreknown before the foundation of the world but was revealed in these last times for you” (1 Peter 1:20). What the Israelites started with the blood of lambs, Jesus finished with His own.

As we prepare our hearts to remember and celebrate Jesus’s birth, I’m brought back to the beauty of the Passover and that unleavened bread. In his letter to the Corinthians, Paul says boasting in our accomplishments is like adding yeast to a batch of dough (1 Corinthians 5:6–8). If I brag about what I’ve done, that attitude will permeate everything in my life. Like yeast, it will puff me up with air. But God doesn’t need me to be puffed up. He wants me as I truly am. And what I am is a person in need of a Savior.

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118 thoughts on "O Come, Spotless Lamb"

  1. Jennifer McElhannon says:

    What powerful parallels being made in this devotional! Years ago, I would celebrate the Passover and always struggled with not eating leavened bread. This devotional though puts it all into perspective even more though. It’s not about the bread, it’s about what it represents. I love the verse about how we shouldn’t brag or boast or we are like leavened bread. We need to be humble in everything we do.

    This coming year, I am wanting to start celebrating the Passover once again. This is just affirmation of why I need this in my life. The Passover is such a huge event in the Bible and we should all be celebrating it. It is one of three holidays that is mentioned in the Bible. Easter and Christmas were just created to appeal to the masses and get more people to Christianity. We need to go back to our roots and praise Christ in celebrating the Passover. It was over this biblical holiday that our God was crucified and brought back to life to fulfill prophecy after prophecy.

    What an amazing God we serve.

    1. Lasie Badeaux says:

      Amen! Beautifully written

  2. Ty Varn says:

    Thanks for the wonderful explanation of the Passover. This study has been really helpful.

  3. Elizabeth Claire says:

    I often struggle to make Old Testament and New Testament ties. This was explained so well. Thank you SRT!

    1. Sarah Sheely says:

      Same for me. I love how they are connecting the Old and New so clearly!

  4. Sav Snow says:

    I didn’t understand this reading at first, but Claire Gibson’s reading/explanation added so much meaning for me.

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  6. Laura says:

    Something struck me as I read this devotional. Long after the Israelites fled Egypt, their old homes would still bear the mark of the blood of the lamb – a testimony that the family in that home believed in Almighty God. I wonder how God may have used that visual as a reminder, even to the Egyptians, of what God had done there.

    1. Erin Mauk says:

      That’s a good and interesting point!

    2. Emily W says:

      So good, Laura! I’ve never thought about that before!

    3. Kelly Hartley says:

      I’ve never thought of that!

  7. Margaret M says:

    Oh, what comfort and peace this brought to me this morning! I was reading it with my 8 year old and she broke into Andrew Peterson’s song “Behold the Lamb of God” and she started to make so many new connections of God’s grace and provision, all of which I needed to hear, too. Thankful for how this tool helps it all come together for us in big and small ways.

    1. Christine Dever says:

      I know what you mean. I love the way the readings from the Old Testament and from the New Testament just flow together as if they were originally written as just one narrative despite the centuries that separated the the times when they were each written. Some days, I read right through them without noticing that they are from different books until I realize, “hey, I don’t remember that being part of the (Old Testament) story!” Then I look and realize that it’s not: it’s the commentary of it from the New Testament!

  8. Pamela Spencer says:

    I love this because once again God shows himself In all Power from the beginning when he delivered the Israelites til he came and wrapped himself in flesh and shed his blood for us. Just as they had to be ready to go we must be ready also with blood of Jesus applied to our life and our feet shod with the preparation of the gospel of peace❤️Ephesians 6:15

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