“I am the door. If anyone enters by Me, he will be saved, and will go in and out and find pasture.” John 10:9 (ESV)
As we prepare our hearts for remembering Jesus’ death and resurrection, I encourage you to find quiet moments to read the Scriptures and “Come to the Garden.” What a praiseworthy week lies ahead of us!
Throughout the Old Testament, a perfect spotless lamb atoned people’s sins. For every sin committed, blood needed to be shed. The Passover has such an important significance to our Easter story. The Israelites in Exodus 12:13 painted the blood of a lamb over their doorframes, so the angel of death would pass over them. Likewise, Jesus’ blood covers us when we receive the free gift of salvation. The perfect sinless Son of God poured His blood out on the cross to set us free from death. He became the lamb that was slain for the sins of the world! Jesus is our Passover Lamb! He took our iniquities and the punishment we deserved and died a painful death on a tree— it is through Him that we are made clean by the forgiveness of sins. There is more good news: Satan can’t touch what the blood covers. The blood of Jesus truly protects and sets us free! Hallelujah!
Jesus, who was fully Jewish, celebrated the Passover Seder, otherwise known to us as the Last Supper. The Jewish people celebrate Passover to remember the saving of their firstborn from the plague of death and their freedom from slavery. In Luke 22:19-20, Jesus announces a new covenant of His body broken for us and His blood shed, triumphing for all of eternity. As we engage in the Lord’s Supper this week, take extra time to reflect on Christ’s redemptive work on your behalf.
I love the correlation of the door frame in the Passover story in Exodus to Jesus Christ being the door in John 10:9, “I am the door. If anyone enters by Me, he will be saved, and will go in and out and find pasture.” The entire John 10 chapter is wonderful—Jesus is our Great Shepherd who laid his life down for his sheep. I encourage you to read John 10:7-18 this week.
Praying that you have a glorious week of reverent worship as you make room for the returning King—the Messiah—to be Lord of your life!
Rae-Ellen Sanders and the Help Club for Moms Team
“Instead of Passover pointing backward to the great sacrifice by which God had rescued his people from slavery in Egypt, this meal pointed forward to the great sacrifice by which God was to rescue his people from their ultimate slavery, from death itself and all that contributed to it (evil, corruption, and sin).” N.T. Wright