Tim Keller | November 20, 1994
The story of Moses leading the Israelites out of Egypt is a story of overcoming hardship, listening to God’s warnings, and witnessing God’s power as He took the lives of every firstborn son in Egypt. The tradition of Passover, especially the part about the lamb and remembering this event every year, is strongly tied to the idea that a lamb’s life was given up. John the Baptist saw this same idea in Jesus, calling Him the Lamb of God. The word “exodus” in Greek connects to Jesus as the Lamb of God, showing He is the way for His people to escape from harm and receive salvation.
1. We see everybody deserves judgment
Being saved is not about who your family is, what you’ve done, or who you know. It’s about being protected by the blood of the lamb, showing us that God sees everyone the same, no matter who they are or what they’ve done. Everyone can face God’s judgment. But everyone can also be saved through Jesus. This should remind us, as Christians, to accept everyone, knowing that we are seen as good not because of what we’ve done, but because of Jesus’ perfection.
2. Jesus’ death is a propitiation
Jesus’ death is important because it turned away God’s anger and judgment. Understanding this is key to understanding why Jesus is called the Lamb of God. If we don’t accept that God can be wrathful, we can’t fully understand His love. This is because Jesus faced God’s wrath for us when He died on the cross. This involved both physical and spiritual suffering. God’s mercy is beautiful because it doesn’t overpower His justice – it satisfies it. This shows us that we need a God who is both merciful and just. This balance lets us experience real love and inner strength, while also helping us be gentle to others.
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