2 Chronicles 35: 11- 14
As we have already noted, the Passover lambs foreshadowed the ultimate sacrifice made by Jesus on the cross. So as we read about them let’s think about Him and some of the blessings that come to us through His violent death:
- Sprinkling (11a): This speaks of the cleansing that comes to us freely through Christ’s blood. In the New Testament, the apostle John writes: But if we walk in the light , as he is in the light, we have fellowship with one another, and the blood of Jesus, his Son, purifies us from all sin. (1 John 1:7). Take comfort in that ‘big’ little word all. There is no sin that cannot be forgiven if we confess it and don’t try to hide it (see also 1 John 1:9 – a verse that has been called ‘the Christian’s bar of soap.’) Let’s bring it into the light of God’s presence, where the stain can be clearly seen, and wiped away with the world’s most powerful cleansing agent: the blood of Jesus.
- Clothing (11b): The skinning of the animals reminds me that Christians are clothed with the righteousness of Christ. As one hymn writer put it: Jesus thy blood and righteousness, my beauty are, my spotless dress. God no longer sees us in our sin but in His Son, once we trust in Christ. This is a great wonder, and it is true.
- Sacrifice (12): One of the blessings that is ours, is the opportunity and privilege of offering to God our lives as whole-burnt offerings. This is the Old Testament picture behind the urgent call to consecration in Romans 12:1, 2. We bring our bodies as living sacrifices to God in accordance with what is written in His Word. We give him lives of dedicated obedience. So here’s what I want you to do, God helping you: Take your everyday, ordinary life – your sleeping, eating, going-to-work, and walking-around life – and place it before God as an offering. (Romans 12:1). The Message.
- Nourishment (13, 14): We continually ‘feed’ on Christ by faith and are spiritually nourished by Him; the Christ who was crucified for our sins, but who now is alive forevermore lives in us and we in Him. We can continually draw from Him all we need to live the Christian life. Whoever believes in me has real life, eternal life. I am the Bread of Life. Your ancestors ate the manna bread in the desert and died. But now here is Bread that truly comes down out of heaven. Anyone eating this Bread will not die, ever. I am the Bread – living Bread! – who came down out of heaven. Anyone who eats this Bread will live – and forever! The Bread that I present to the world so that it can eat and live is myself, this flesh-and-blood self… Only insofar as you drink flesh and blood, the flesh and blood of the Son of Man, do you have life within you. The one who brings a hearty appetite to this eating and drinking has eternal life and will be fit and ready for the Final Day. My flesh is real food and my blood is real drink. By eating my flesh and drinking my blood you enter into me and I into you…the one who makes a meal of me lives because of me. This is the Bread from heaven. Your ancestors ate bread and later died. Whoever eats this Bread will live always. The Message. These words, spoken by Jesus and recorded in John 6, are full of wonder and deep mystery. But this much is certainly clear: we take the crucified Lord of glory to be inside us by faith, and we continue to enjoyably feed ‘on’ Him by faith. We need never feel ‘empty’ and dissatisfied again, but always ‘full.’
Prayer: Jesus keep me near the cross.