Passover: Freeing the Slaves of SinMarch 27, 2017
Any and all slaves live a life of bondage. Freedom eludes them. Not only do people look at slaves like objects and view them as property, but also less than human—who would give them a second thought?
God’s People Enslaved
About 3,500 years ago, the Egyptians enslaved the Hebrews. Harsh labour made their lives bitter, and the Egyptians worked them ruthlessly (Exodus 1:14). They cried out from under their misery; powerless against their fate. At that time, there was One who was especially concerned about them: He was their God.
In order to free His people, God sent Moses to Pharoah and brought upon Egypt ten destructive plagues. Finally, on the night of the Passover, liberation from their bondage came to the Israelites.
During the night Pharaoh summoned Moses and Aaron and said, “Up! Leave my people, you and the Israelites! Go, worship the Lord as you have requested.Exodus 12:31
We Are Slaves
As spiritual Jews, we, too, live as slaves.
Jesus replied, “Very truly I tell you, everyone who sins is a slave to sin.John 8:34
Unable to wash away our own transgressions, humankind must pay the wages of sin, that is, death (Romans 6:23). Who will save us from our wretched fate?
… the scroll of the prophet Isaiah was handed to him (Jesus) … He has sent me to proclaim freedom for the prisoners and recovery of sight for the blind… He began by saying to them, “Today this scripture is fulfilled in your hearing.”Luke 4:17-21
There is One who is especially concerned about us: He is our God. About 2,000 years ago, He came to this earth to free us from our sins.
Freeing Us from Sins Through the Passover
The history of the emancipation of the Israelites from slavery through the power of the Passover was a shadow. It shows us that in the New Testament times, we can be freed from our sins when we keep the Passover of the new covenant.
… Jesus took bread … this is my body … he took a cup … This is my blood of the covenant, which is poured out for many for the forgiveness of sins.Matthew 26:26-28
When we celebrate the Passover, the blood of Christ washes away all our sins (Ephesians 1:7). Then, death will no longer bind us. Instead, we will enjoy eternal freedom.
But now that you have been set free from sin and have become slaves of God, the benefit you reap leads to holiness, and the result is eternal life.Romans 6:22