“For you know that it was not with perishable things such as silver or gold that you were redeemed from the empty way of life handed down to you from your ancestors, but with the precious blood of Christ, a lamb without blemish or defect.”
1 Peter 1:18-19
The freedom God won to bring his people out of slavery in Egypt came at a huge price. Pharaoh did not give up despite the terrible plagues and the loss of precious firstborns who were spiritually sacred in that culture. It was a terrible cost. The Lord carefully instructed his people to put the blood of a lamb over their houses so that they would be saved as death passed through the land. He prepared them with food for the journey and enabled them to take the treasures of Egypt from their oppressors. They would celebrate the “Passover” for generations. The truth we read in the New Testament is about what God did for us to save us out of slavery. The ransom for our freedom has been paid, and we are no longer chained. Just as life for the Israelites came out of the death of the firstborns, so our freedom was bought when God gave His first and only son. It was a terrible cost. When Jesus Christ died on the cross and rose again from the grave, he defeated our slave masters of sin, death, and Satan himself. Jesus is the perfect lamb, sacrificed on the cross at the same time as the festival of Passover. God promises us that if we live under the blood of Jesus, accepting that we need him to cover us and trusting that He can wash our hearts clean, he can lead us out of death and into eternal life with him.
“So if the Son sets you free, you will be free indeed.” (John 8:36) What does the freedom Jesus gives look like in your life? We get confused, thinking it is the right to do what I want when I want, a temporary feeling which changes from day to day. The costly freedom God offers you through the sacrifice of Jesus, our Passover lamb, is far more than any of that. Just as the people of God were freed to be set apart for him, so you are freed by the blood of Jesus to belong to God. We are freed from self, our own thoughts, sinful desires, the need to conform to the world and freed from captivity to the enemy that comes through all of these. You can thank him today that because of his love you are free to be his own beloved, forever.
Pray1 Peter 1:18-19: For you know that it was not with perishable things such as silver or gold that you were redeemed from the empty way of life handed down to you from your ancestors, but with the precious blood of Christ, a lamb without blemish or defect.
Pray that you and those you are praying for will know that truth that you have been redeemed, bought out of slavery through the blood of Jesus, a perfect Passover lamb. Pray that you and they will choose to live under his blood and give all of yourselves to him so you will receive the freedom he can give from the past, your desires, addictions, from living for self, fears, conforming to worldly ideas and anything that keeps you captive or prevents you from being completely his own.