Lent Devotional: Exodus 12:21-28

by Jonathan Haefs

Exodus 12:21-28 (click here)
Then Moses called all the elders of Israel and said to them, “Go and select lambs for yourselves according to your clans, and kill the Passover lamb. [22] Take a bunch of hyssop and dip it in the blood that is in the basin, and touch the lintel and the two doorposts with the blood that is in the basin. None of you shall go out of the door of his house until the morning. [23] For the LORD will pass through to strike the Egyptians, and when he sees the blood on the lintel and on the two doorposts, the LORD will pass over the door and will not allow the destroyer to enter your houses to strike you. [24] You shall observe this rite as a statute for you and for your sons forever. (Exodus 12:21-24)

Warning after warning after warning… Pharaoh’s heart was hardened and he would not repent. An unrepentant heart walks a road that always ends in the same place…death.

The Lord’s just judgment was to fall upon on sin in the land of Egypt. How would anyone be saved from such righteous wrath?… for every last person in the land was guilty of sin!

The Lord provided a substitute, sacrificial lamb. For those who believed the Word of the Lord, a lamb could die in their place and its blood would cover them. The lamb gave its life in place of their life.

This was a rite to be observed among God’s people forever.


If we are God’s people… why do we no longer observe this rite?…or do we?

1 Corinthians 5:7b, “…Christ, our Passover lamb, has been sacrificed.”

One lamb…Christ…for all people. One sacrifice…the cross…for all time…forever! We still observe the right of the Passover lamb…the true Passover lamb. Jesus is the lamb of God to whom all the other lambs were pointing.

His sacrifice stands forever and his blood covers us eternally so that the righteous wrath of God may pass over us. His just judgment has fallen on another that we may graciously go free!

Oh what love that the Father, Son, and Spirit would plan such a salvation! The Father lovingly sent his Son…the Son loving laid down his life…the Spirit lovingly empowered all this action ever step of the way!

What glorious good news that is good forever!

What a glorious, forever Gospel! Christ, our Passover lamb, has been sacrificed!

*The complete SVCC Lenten reading guide is available here.