“For the LORD will pass through the land to strike down the Egyptians. But when he sees the blood on the top and sides of the doorframe, the LORD will pass over your home. He will not permit his death angel to enter your house and strike you down.”Exodus 12:23 (NLT)
It has been said that the heart of the matter is the matter of the heart. That is certainly true concerning our salvation. We have a beautiful type or picture of this in the first Passover.
On the 10th day of the month of Nisan (March-April), each household had to select a year-old male lamb without blemish. Then on the 14th at twilight, they would kill it. The blood was put on the top and sides of the doorframes of their houses. When the death angel came to slay the firstborn, he would pass-over their homes. The blood would be a sign for them that they were safe. All around they would hear the Egyptians wailing in sorrow, but they would know that they had nothing to fear, for the blood was on the door.
This pictures the work of Christ as our Passover Lamb. His innocent blood is applied to our hearts by faith. It is a sign for us that we are saved from the judgment to come. Now during that first Exodus it didn’t matter how the Hebrews felt. Some may have been frightened; others were excited to leave Egypt; others were thankful for the miracles God had done in judging the Egyptians. But the only thing that really mattered was whether they were inside a house with the blood of the lamb on the doorframe. Likewise, we may have all kinds of emotions. Some days we perform better than others. But the only thing that matters, regarding our salvation, is that the blood has been applied to our hearts by faith. This is the basis of our assurance. We overcome and escape punishment because of the blood of the Lamb!
“Heavenly Father, we thank you that you have applied the blood of your Son Jesus Christ to our hearts. Thank you that the judgment of death for our sins has passed over us. We rejoice in the assurance we have that we are safe and accepted in Christ. In His name we pray, amen.”
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