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Daily Devotion | Ulf Ekman

DAILY DEVOTION


2019-11-12

The Lord’s Easter

These are the feasts of the Lord, holy convocations which you shall proclaim at their appointed times. On the fourteenth day of the first month at twilight is the Lord’s Passover. … For indeed Christ, our Passover, was sacrificed for us.
Leviticus 23:4-5; 1 Corinthians 5:7b
The Jewish people were to celebrate Pesach for all time. Year after year they were to remember how the Lord miraculously delivered them from Egypt. Every man in every household was to choose a lamb without defect. The lamb was to be inspected over a five-day period and then slaughtered. The blood was to be sprinkled on the doorposts so that the entire entry to the house was covered with blood. The entire lamb was then to be cut up and eaten. Nothing was to be left behind. No bone was to be broken. No uncircumcised person was to have a share or eat of the lamb.

Pesach was celebrated for 1,500 years. The blood that was shed could only cover up sin, and it was necessary to repeat the sacrifice every year. But Isaiah prophesied that the servant of the Lord would come and be our substitute sacrificial lamb, who once and for all would take away our sins. On the cross Jesus became our sacrificial lamb. He gave His whole life for us, and none of His bones were broken when He hung on the cross. In 1 Corinthians 5:7 it says, “For indeed Christ, our Passover, was sacrificed for us.”

As a result of Jesus’ death, the Jewish feast of Pesach has been fulfilled. Jesus, our sacrificial lamb, took us out of Egypt. His death resulted in reconciliation for all our sins and deliverance out of the world. Through His death, we received life. His sacrifice, not rituals and traditions, gives us new life when we eat it, that is, personally apply what He did for us.

Prayer

Thank You, Jesus, for being our sacrificial lamb. Thank You for sacrificing Yourself to deliver us from all the things that bind. In Jesus’ name. Amen.