Advent 2018: Until the Son of God Appears

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

 

For someone who has been winter-averse most of my life, moving to Michigan has taught me a lot about planning ahead for cold weather. For one, I never knew windshield washer fluid could freeze. I discovered that reality about two weeks after moving here. Another thing I’ve learned is how essential it is to always have a spare winter hat tucked away in my car. Without one, I would be in trouble if something happened that required me to stand outside for more than thirty seconds in the sub-zero temperatures of Michigan. I absolutely need a covering.

I remembered this need for a covering as I was reading the Exodus account of the Passover. When God passed through Egypt to strike down the first-born sons in every home, He instructed the Israelites to mark their doors with the blood of a spotless lamb. It was to be a covering for them. Their obedience to this command identified them as God’s people and kept them from the Lord’s judgment against Egypt. As the blood of a lamb covered them physically, it showed a need for a spiritual covering as well.

In the New Testament, Jesus’s cousin, John the Baptist, declared “Here is the Lamb of God, who takes away the sin of the world” (John 1:29). Jesus was to be like one of those spotless lambs on Passover, someone who would stand in our place and die on our behalf. His people would be marked by His blood. But Jesus’s death didn’t just cover over our sins; it removed them. This work was planned and set in motion long before the people of Israel ever became slaves in Egypt. The blood of a little lamb would point to the blood of the sinless Lamb as the means of our rescue from sin and death.

You see, every year, the people of Israel celebrated Passover, looking back to God’s deliverance from their time of slavery in Egypt. But without realizing it, they were also looking ahead to a time when Christ, the “Lamb of God, who takes away the sin of the world,” would come (John 1:29). Christ has always been central to God’s redemption plan for humanity.

He was foreknown before the foundation of the world but revealed in these last times for you. Through him you believe in God, who raised him from the dead and gave him glory, so that your faith and hope are in God (1 Peter 1:20–21).

We many not live under the bondage of slavery to Egypt today, but without Christ, we live under the bondage of slavery to sin. Who will rescue us? Thanks be to God, Christ is our spotless lamb!

Written by Jeremy Writebol