(Excerpt from Jazz, Java & Jesus: Christian Devotions to Soothe Your Soul)
“And when I see the blood, I will pass over you; and the plague shall not be on you to destroy you when I strike the land of Egypt.” Exodus 12:13b
Later on in the twelfth chapter, Moses gives instructions to the children of Israel about what they were to do to avoid this time of catastrophic destruction.
In verse 21, Moses told the elders of Israel to pick out a lamb for their families and kill the Passover lamb, put its blood on the doorpost and lintel of their homes. He then said, “WHEN THE LORD SEES THE BLOOD—HE’S GOING TO PASS BY YOU AND NOT ALLOW THE DESTROYER TO COME INTO YOUR HOUSES TO STRIKE YOU.
If you go back to verse 5 of Exodus 12, the Lord describes to Moses what the requirements of the Passover lamb are. He said that the Passover lamb needs to be without blemish (spotless), a male and the firstborn. Then later on in verse 27, Moses explains to the elders what’s meant by “Passover.” He said, “You’ll tell your children that it’s called the Passover sacrifice because when God saw THE BLOOD OF THE SPOTLESS LAMB, it was then that the destroyer passed over our houses when He came through to wipe out Egypt!”
Maybe you’re feeling depressed because you were passed over for a new job. It could be that God sees the future of that company and you don’t, and within months, that job (and company) might fold, and it would be better for you to stay where you are! A friend of mine once told me that she was in love with a particular guy many years ago, and they never married. He “passed her over,” only to find out that he not only killed his first wife, but also his second wife! God had her passed over to spare her life!
In our modern world, we aren’t still killing Passover lambs to keep destruction away from us. Jesus Christ had been made the final and ULTIMATE Passover Lamb! He laid down His life to be the sacrifice for all mankind forever more.
1 Corinthians 5:7b says, “For indeed, Christ, our Passover, was sacrificed for us.”