24 Days of Advent Scripture Devotionals

Day 5 – An Everlasting Remembrance

Exodus 12:12-14

For I will pass through the land of Egypt on that night, and will strike all the firstborn in the land of Egypt, both man and beast; and against all the gods of Egypt I will execute judgment: I am the Lord. Now the blood shall be a sign for you on the houses where you are. And when I see the blood, I will pass over you; and the plague shall not be on you to destroy you when I strike the land of Egypt. So this day shall be to you a memorial; and you shall keep it as a feast to the Lord throughout your generations. You shall keep it as a feast by an everlasting ordinance. – Exodus 12:12-14

We read of the Passover in Exodus chapter 12 when the Lord commanded his people to sacrifice a lamb without blemish and put its blood on the two doorposts and the lintel of their homes. The Lord struck the entire land of Egypt and killed every firstborn male but he passed over the homes that were covered with the blood.

This night was a defining moment for the Jewish people. The Lord commanded in Exodus 12:1, “This month shall be your beginning of months; it shall be the first month of the year to you.” With this first feast the Jewish religious calendar was instituted beginning with Passover and the people were commanded to keep the feast as an everlasting remembrance.

The night before he was to be crucified, Jesus celebrated the Passover with his closest friends. He gave them an example of his servant heart by washing their dirty feet. They enjoyed the meal together. Then Jesus did something that they would not understand until much later. He took the bread and said, “this is my body that is broken for you” and took the wine and said, “this is my blood that is shed for you.” He said “do this in remembrance of me.”

We have heard this called the institution of the Lord’s Supper, also known as Communion. But let’s not miss what Jesus was really doing here. He did more than just start something new; he took what had already been given (the Passover) and fulfilled it! He said in Matthew 5:17, “Do not think that I came to destroy the Law or the Prophets. I did not come to destroy but to fulfill.”

The elements of the Passover: the lamb, the blood, the Lord passing over and sparing the people from death, the yearly remembrance all served to prepare us for the coming of the Messiah who would say (my paraphrase), “In the same way that this lamb’s body was broken and it’s blood shed to spare you from death, my body will be be broken and my blood shed for you.” He then told them to keep doing this in remembrance of him. He was not telling them to stop celebrating the Passover but that from now on their celebration would be about the fulfilling of the Passover.

Christ, our Passover, was sacrificed for us. – 1 Corinthians 5:7 NKJV

Song: Holy Lamb of God

A virgin cried when You were born
Tears of joy and tears of pain
As Heaven’s angels watched in wonder
How could You, the Ancient One
In the frame of man be bound
Lying there with feet and hands
Fully God and fully Man

Who could see and who could know
You had left Your Kingdom’s Throne
Baby crying in a manger?
You had come to give Your life
As a holy sacrifice
Nails would pierce your feet and hands
For every heart and every man

Holy Lamb of God, how we love You
Shepherd of our hearts, how we praise You
We were blind and lost, but You came to rescue us
And we thank You, Holy Lamb of God

Now You are the risen One
All You came to do You’ve done
On this Christmas, we remember
How Love came down to set us free
From our sin and from our fear
Lord of all we bow our hearts
To the wonder that You are

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24 Verses is a blog advent calendar with one verse of scripture per day from December 1 through December 24. Each day we will feature a verse of scripture related to the Messiah's birth, death and resurrection.

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