O Lamb of God, I Come
The Passover/Easter season is the perfect time to reflect on God’s redemptive plans. The Bible first introduces us to God as the Creator (Genesis 1-11), then we learn that God is the covenant Maker (Genesis 12 ff.). In the book of Exodus we meet God the Redeemer.
Remember God’s commission for Moses to lead the children of Israel out of Egypt. Moses first meets God in the burning bush (Exodus 3), and God announces that He remembers His covenant with Abraham and will therefore redeem His people out of bondage. God says He will destroy Pharaoh’s first-born because Pharaoh tried to destroy God’s firstborn—Israel. There is a certain symmetry and symbolism in God’s dealings.
We also see that symmetry and symbolism in the plagues (Exodus 7-12). Note how the early plagues reflected God’s judgment upon the so-called gods of Egypt. For example, the Egyptians worshiped the Nile River. God turned it to blood, showing that the gods of Egypt were no gods at all.
The ultimate lesson is found in the last plague. God begins to uncover an astonishing fact that is further explained in the book of Leviticus and completely revealed in the New Testament. That is, He is willing to avert His judgment upon humans through the blood of a lamb.
The children of Israel were instructed to take a yearling lamb without blemish and to set it aside from the tenth of the month till the fourteenth, when their lambs were to be slaughtered. Then the people were to apply the lambs’ blood to the doorposts and lintels of their homes. When the angel of the Lord entered the land, it would pass over those houses set apart by the blood. Without the blood the firstborn would die, whether Jewish or Egyptian.
With the tenth plague Pharaoh relented and let the Israelites go; thus it was the blood of the lamb that brought about the redemption of Israel. It is no coincidence that when John the Baptist saw Jesus at the Jordan he called Him the Lamb of God who takes away the sin of the world!” (John 1:29). ” Later, the Apostle Paul spoke of “Christ, our Passover,” who was “sacrificed for us” (1 Corinthians 5:7). Embedded in that ancient feast of redemption was the strong symbol or, as some might say, the shadow of the reality of ultimate redemption in Jesus.