“The blood shall be a sign for you, on the houses where you are. And when I see the blood, I will pass over you, and no plague will befall you to destroy you, when I strike the land of Egypt.”
The account of the Passover (Exodus 12:1-13) with which Israel began his exit out of Egypt and slavery is in many ways the central story of the Old Testament.
That salvation story is what the Jews to this day celebrate as Passover.
At the Passover supper which Christ had with His Disciples in the Upper Room (aka the Last Supper) He used the symbolism of the events in Exodus to describe how He was going to be the unblemished lamb to be sacrificed for all humanity.
If we believe in Him then His blood will be a sign for us…and despite our sin when God sees that blood of Christ He will ‘passover’ us and no plague will befall us.
That sacrifice Christ made for us began our exit out of slavery…the slavery of sin, guilt, shame, and all that prevents us from living in freedom and living to our full potential.
Today the Holy communion is our Passover supper and our regular reminder of the sacrifice that Christ made for us when He marked us with His blood.
Dear Jesus, I thank You for Your sacrifice. During this Lenten season….as I recall and repent of the various ways in which I have sinned against You..I pray that I will truly and deeply appreciate the depth of Your love for me. May that appreciation cause me never to scorn or take for granted those traditions that You have asked us to maintain in remembrance of You. Amen!