PASSOVER OF THE ANGEL OF DEATH

Reading: Exodus 12:1-14, 21-23, 29-31

INTRODUCTION

[a] In the present day, throughout the world, Jewish people view with
great importance the keeping of the Passover.
[b] It is of paramount importance to them that they commemorate the
main event which led to their release from slavery in Egypt!
[c] Naturally, they look upon it as the single most important event in
their nation’s history, for without it they would never have become a
nation again, and inherit the promised land.
[d] This was the last twist of the screw on Pharaoh. It wasn’t just the
straw to break the camel’s back, it was the passing over of the angel
of death - the final, most devastating, and horrific of all the
plagues.
[e] CAN WE EVEN BEGIN TO IMAGINE - THE OLDEST OF EVERY FAMILY OF THE EGYPTIANS BEING TAKEN FROM THIS WORLD AT THE ONE TIME!!
IT IS A FEARFUL THING TO DEFY THE LIVING GOD AS PHARAOH HAD!
HE PAID THE PRICE, AS DID THE WHOLE OF THE EGYPTIANS!!

POINT 1 THE SACRIFICIAL LAMB

[a] But as far as the Israelites were concerned, we find that every
house had to sacrifice a lamb! This was not just a High Priest doing it
for a whole nation. This was a very personal and individual thing!
[b] The parallel is too striking to overlook, between this sacrifice,
and God’s Sacrificial Lamb for us, the Lord Jesus Christ!
[c] Here too, we find it a very personal and individual thing -
The Apostle Paul says in Galatians 2:20, "The Son of God, Who loved
ME, and gave Himself for ME!" and the Apostle John says in his
first epistle, 4:19, "We love Him, because He first loved US!" 
The prophet Isaiah says, in his 53rd chapter and verse 5, "He was
wounded for OUR transgressions, He was bruised for OUR iniquities!" 
[d] Whilst we were in Peterhead, There were a group of Americans in the area, based at the Baptist church, and as chaplain of Dale’s Park Primary school, I was at a school assembly they were doing.
As I spoke to them afterwards, we discussed how to make people realise
how PERSONAL, salvation must be!
The man I was speaking to said, that he always, asked someone to read,
John 3:16, but to put their own name in the place of the ‘whosoever’,
or ‘the world’! "For God so loved VICTOR ROSS, that He gave His Only Begotten Son, that if VICTOR ROSS, should believe in Him, he would not perish, but have everlasting life!" 
[e] My dear friend, have you allowed Jesus to become YOUR PERSONAL SAVIOUR ?
[f] In our Bible reading, you will see in verse 5, that the lamb had to
be without blemish - perfect in every way!
[g] John the Baptist, when he cried out, in John 1:29, said, "BEHOLD THE LAMB OF GOD, WHICH TAKETH AWAY THE SIN OF THE WORLD!" 
[h] Peter, in his first epistle 1:19, speaks of Christ as, "... a Lamb
without blemish and without spot." 
And Paul says in 2 Corinthians 5:21 "He hath made Him to be sin for us,
Who knew no sin, that we might become the righteousness of God in
Him." 

POINT 2 THE APPLICATION OF THE BLOOD

[a] Even if the sacrificial lamb had been slain, this in itself was NOT
ENOUGH to make that family safe!
It was NOT ENOUGH that they were Israelites!
It was NOT ENOUGH that God had provided the way of deliverance!
[b] We read in verse 7 that the culmination of the whole exercise, was
that the BLOOD HAD TO BE APPLIED TO THE LINTEL AND DOOR POSTS OF THE HOUSE!
THIS ALONE WOULD GUARANTEE SAFETY WHEN THE ANGEL OF DEATH WOULD PASS 
[c] I often wonder, if there were Israelite households who suffered the
same judgement as the Egyptians that night, because they had neglected to apply the
blood!
[d] There are so many today, who know the way of salvation and
deliverance - the Lamb has been slain - but they refuse to live under
the protection of the Blood!!
[e] Does that make sense to you?? It certainly doesn’t to me!!
[f] Jesus has died! He has shed His precious Blood!
BUT UNLESS YOU ALLOW THAT BLOOD TO BE APPLIED TO YOUR HEART - YOU WILL PERISH AND BE LOST FOR ALL OF ETERNITY!!
[g] In Revelation 7:14, we read of those in Heaven! They are there, we
read, BECAUSE THEY "HAVE HAD THEIR ROBES WASHED IN THE BLOOD OF THE LAMB!!" MAKE NO MISTAKE, THEY WILL BE THE ONLY ONES IN HEAVEN !
[h] 1 John 1:7 tells us, "THE BLOOD OF JESUS CHRIST, GOD’S SON, CLEANSETH US FROM ALL SIN!" Gloriously true - BUT ONLY WHEN APPLIED!! 
[i] It is also worth noting, that they had to eat the flesh of the
lamb, which was to be cooked by roasting.
Jesus speaks about us EATING HIS FLESH!
There are those who mistakenly believe that this has something to do
with the sacraments! This is NOT SO, as Jesus said it long before the
sacraments were instituted!!
JESUS IS SAYING THAT WE ARE TO BE PARTAKERS OF HIM! HE IS TO BE TAKEN INTO OUR LIVES, AND LIVE WITHIN US!! 
The children’s chorus puts it so perfectly,
Into my heart, into my heart,
Come into my heart Lord Jesus,
Come in today, come in to stay,
Come into my heart Lord Jesus. 

POINT 3 THEY HAD TO BE READY TO GO

[a] When they were eating the Passover, they had to have their sandals
on! They had to have their travelling clothes on, and they had to have
their staff in their hand! THEY HAD TO LIVE IN READINESS!

[b] This may sound like an odd thing to say, but ARE YOU LIVING IN READINESS FOR THE LORD’S COMING??

[c] He has promised to return to the earth to take home those who
belong to Him! The signs all around us in this world, show that it
could happen at any moment!
[d] ARE YOU READY??
If you’re NOT SAVED - YOU’RE NOT READY!
If you’re A BACKSLIDER - YOU’RE NOT READY!
If you’re NOT LIVING THE LIFE - YOU’RE NOT READY!
If you’re NOT FOLLOWING HIS GUIDANCE FOR YOUR LIFE - YOU’RE NOT READY!
ARE YOU LIVING IN A CONTINUAL STATE OF READINESS FOR THE RETURN OF THE LORD?? IF NOT - WHY NOT! 
The chorus asks, "Say will you be ready when Jesus comes?" 
[d] As far as the SANDLES are concerned - remember Paul in Ephesians 6
tells us to have our "FEET SHOD WITH THE PREPARATION OF THE GOSPEL OF PEACE!" 
In these last days, the message of the Gospel should be continually
upon the lips of every Christian!
[e] The STAFF in our had, speaks of a READINESS TO DEPART - TO GO AT ANY MOMENT! I wonder if that is how we truly view Christ’s return!

POINT 4 IT IS THE FIRSTBORN WHO DIE

[a] It is VERY SIGNIFICANT that it is THE FIRSTBORN who perish!
[b] Jesus makes no bones about telling Nicodemus in John 3, "Ye MUST BE BORN AGAIN!" 
MAKE NO MISTAKE - WHEN JESUS RETURNS - IT IS THE FIRSTBORN WHO WILL NOT BE READY! THOSE WHO ARE BORN AGAIN WILL BE SAFE! 
In 1 Thessalonians 4 and Philippians 3:21 We are told how Christians
will be caught up to meet the Lord in the air, and in that instant will
be changed, and receive glorious bodies, like unto the resurrection
body of Jesus!
The dead in Christ, shall rise, and be caught up together with us!
[c] The NEW BIRTH is not only desirable, IT IS ABSOLUTELY ESSENTIAL!
WHEN JESUS SAID "YE MUST BE BORN AGAIN", HE WAS SAYING THAT THERE IS NO OTHER WAY!
[d] We have already spoken of the BLOOD BEING APPLIED, and when we come to Christ, in true repentance, asking His forgiveness, THIS IS WHAT HAPPENS, and we ARE BORN AGAIN of God’s Holy Spirit! He makes us into a NEW CREATURE DEEP WITHIN!

CONCLUSION

[a] Let me remind you that I said earlier, the Blood has no power to
protect you, unless it is applied!
[b] The Hymn writer pens the words, 
It was on the cross He shed His Blood,
It was there He was crucified!
BUT HE ROSE AGAIN, and He lives in my heart,
Where all is peace, and perfect love!
[c] When THAT BLOOD IS APPLIED TO THE LINTEL AND DOORPOST OF YOUR HEART, THEN YOU WILL BE PROTECTED FROM THE AWFUL JUDGEMENT THAT SHALL DESCEND UPON THOSE WHO HAVE REJECTED CHRIST, AND IN SO DOING, HAVE OPTED TO BEAR THE BURDEN OF THEIR OWN SIN!
[d] Even if someone, had been the most righteous person in the
Israelite nation, if the blood was not applied, then they automatically
came under the same judgement as his Egyptian taskmasters!
[e] This was GOD’S REVEALED WAY OF SALVATION! THE ONLY WAY! 
[f] There was NO EXCUSE! God’s message was abundantly clear, 
"WHEN I SEE THE BLOOD, I WILL PASS OVER YOU!" (Exodus 12:13)
[g] Under the new Christian covenant, that still applies!
It says in Hebrews 9:22, "WITHOUT THE SHEDDING OF BLOOD, THERE IS NO REMISSION FOR SIN." 
You also may remember, I quoted earlier from 1 John 1:7, where it says,
"THE BLOOD OF JESUS CHRIST, GOD’S SON, CLEANSETH US FROM ALL SIN!" 
[h] Well, HAS THE BLOOD BEEN APPLIED TO YOUR HEART??
In other words, have you accepted Jesus as your own personal Saviour?
If not, then the opportunity is yours just now!
[i] Maybe there is someone else, and your experience of the Lord is not
up to date! You come also and make things right with the Lord!

 

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