How appropriate that the celebration of “Good Friday” is always close to – or even occurs on the first day of Passover! For Jesus died as the fulfillment of the Old Testament Feast of Passover.
God Himself had instituted the Passover. This was one of His feasts (Leviticus 23:4). He directed that, once a year, every family among His people take “an unblemished male” lamb and offer it as a sacrifice. In Egypt, the blood of this lamb had protected the family from death and disease: “When I see the blood I will pass over you, and no plague will befall you to destroy you” (Exodus 12:3-27).
As John proclaimed, Jesus came as “the Lamb of God,” fulfilling His divine calling. Jesus came to earth to become the sacrificial Lamb that God Himself was offering—except Jesus was atoning for the sins of the whole world. Every sin ever committed (in the past or the future) was covered by His sacrificial death on the Cross. For those who believe and accept Him, Jesus has taken away all sin!
Yet, how easy it can be to hold on to sin. It can be difficult to believe that we could be completely forgiven for our mistakes, our failures, our sins—that we actually could be freed from bad habits or problems that plague our lives.
This is why we need to look to Jesus and seek Him as the Lamb of God who already has taken our sin. On Calvary, the sacrifice was made. The work was completed. All we need to do is accept and receive what has been done.
In your life, don’t hold on to sin. Jesus died so that you can be forgiven. Accept His finished work and be forgiven. Right now!
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