The Importance of the Lamb that was Slain
The journey of the believer in Christ is one characterized by guaranteed victory over all that the Lord has conquered in the world as revealed by our Saviour Jesus Christ and the Apostle John (John 16:33; 1 John 5:4). This includes victory over enslavement, sin, oppression, harassment, disease, poverty, disappointment, shame, guilt of damnation and most importantly death. This life of victory should be habitual.
Nonetheless, there are countless followers of Christ living a struggling Christian life with obvious and overwhelming difficulty in manifesting the essence of the words of truth revealed to us. So Apostle Paul said, “We have not received the spirit of the world, but the Spirit who is from God, that we may understand what God has freely given to us” (1 Corinthians 2:12). How then do we secure this victory and manifest it in our lives? In the subsequent paragraphs, I share with you what I believe we can do to turn the tides in our favour and enforce the victory that our Lord and master has secured for us.
The Sacrifice of the Lamb without Blemish, Lessons from Exodus 12
The story of the Passover presents unimaginable truths to the believer in that it entails the shadow and type of the nature and work Christ came to do for us on the cross of Calvary. For Christ Jesus is the Lamb without blemish that was slain (Revelation 5:6-13) and His blood is the precious currency that purchased our freedom (1 Peter 1:18-19; Galatians 3:13-15) from the bondage of the rule of Satan. I will summarize the truths embedded in the text by highlighting the essential portions that are relevant to this discourse.
Lesson 1: In the v1-2 the writer makes us understand that the Lord spoke to Moses and Aaron and told them that the month in which the Lamb without blemish is sacrificed for their deliverance shall be the beginning of the season of the year for them, that is, the first month.
The starting point of our life of liberty is in the realization of the work and victory Jesus secured on the cross. Israel was in bondage for 420 years, enslaved, oppressed, harassed, abused, tormented, restrained and constrained by her captors. Their life of liberty was none existent until in that day where the Lord made the sacrifice of the Lamb without blemish available to them and they believed in story of redemption.
The sacrifice of Jesus Christ offers each and every believer a fresh start, devoid of the effects of the past life in the family of God. Irrespective of the events, situations, decisions, choices and actions we took in our past lives, the moment we allow the sacrifice of the Lamb without blemish into our home (heart) our lives are made completely new (2 Corinthians 5:17) with no record of our past life. It’s a fresh start for a new life.
Lesson 2: We see God enforce His judgment on the sins of Egypt after the Lamb is sacrificed (v29-36). The punishment of sin brought about the freedom and liberty of the Jews. In that same manner, the sacrifice of Jesus Christ on the cross caused the enemy (Satan) to release us from enslavement with all the effects that go with being set free. By the sacrifice on the Cross, Jesus Christ removed your citizenship and geographic location from the nation of darkness to that of His marvelous Light (Philippians 3:20; Colossians 1:13).
Not only that, while we left the Satan’s abode, there was restoration on wealth he had plundered and stolen from us. We see Israel leave the land of oppression with so much wealth that was naturally inconceivable to them. They left with gold, cattle, herds of goats, sheep, cloths, silver and all that their hearts desired from their former slave masters as their soul received refreshment. This is what Apostle John prayed for the church in his third epistle, “Beloved, I pray that you may prosper in all things and be in health…” (3 John 1:2)
Lesson 3: The victory enjoyed by Israel occurred when they believed the Promise of Redemption and obeyed the instructions that came with it. Consequently, for us to also live victoriously we must:
- Accept the sacrifice of the Lamb without Blemish in our home (heart) and believe in the work that the blood achieved (Romans 3:24-26). In so doing we announce to the invisible powers that be that we now belong to the family of Elohim (John 1:12) and are no longer identified with Satan or under their rule.
- Leave the land of the captors. We have to also understand that what was in the past is no more, and there is no need to hold on to the knowledge of the world in order to succeed. It is time to learn the new way of life which emanates from the voice of the Spirit (Romans 12:1-2; Galatians 5:25).
- Act on the instruction of the word of God. Because they saw the work that God did for them, they believed in His word and acted on it when they were told to knock on their neighbours doors and ask for the things they so desired which would be used for the worship of their God (Exodus 12:35-36).
God has not called us to labour in our attempt to please Him, all He asks of us is to believe in His Son, be identified with Him and Live for Him by acting on His word and instructions of the Holy Spirit. When we do this, we shall manifestly enforce the victory Christ Jesus has Secured for us. Believing in the word and voice of God is the key habit to living victoriously
1 John 3:23: “And this is his commandment, that we BELIEVE in the name of his Son Jesus Christ…”
Deuteronomy 28:1: “Now it shall come to pass, if you diligently obey the voice of the LORD your God…the LORD your God will set you high above all…”
Believing in Jesus Christ, who He is, What He came to do, is the first and foremost Sure way to success