Today’s First Reading: Exodus 12:1-9,11-14 – HOLY THURSDAY: 18 April 2019
Today, at the beginning of the great Easter Triduum, it is fitting that we read about the Israelites as they prepared to leave their former lives of slavery in Egypt. During this weekend of immense power and grace, God calls us to prepare for our own exodus, for a greater freedom in our lives. By reading about the first Passover, we can learn much about Jesus Christ, the Lamb of God, whose sacrifice delivered us from sin dan death.
At the first Passover, the Israelites were to place the blood of a slaughtered lamb over the door post of their homes. When God saw the blood, He passed over their homes, protecting them from the plague of death. This lamb was to be without blemish, just as Jesus, our Lamb, was without sin – a perfect and fully acceptable offering to the Father. Through the shedding of His blood, Jesus conquered sin and death, everything that could cause our separation from God.
When God looks upon the blood of Jesus, placed on the door posts of our minds and our hearts, death and sin pass over us. Through faith in the shed blood of Jesus Christ, we experience our own exodus from slavery and are brought into His presence. Jesus’ blood is the one sacrifice that is fully pleasing to God. Only His blood can protect us fro the snares of the evil one; only His blood can deliver us from sin. Our own attempts at freedom, our own efforts to find favor with God, will always fall short. We must be covered by the blood of the Lamb.
Just as God ransomed the Israelites from the land of Egypt, Jesus has ransomed us from sin and death. Just as Moses delivered the Israelites from the the heavy hand of Pharaoh, Jesus freed us from slavery to the devil. Let us place before the Lord all those things that keep us bound to the ways of this world, and ask Him to show us His glory as we wait for Him this weekend.
Jakarta, 18 April 2019
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