Remembering Redemption – Afterward
Slaughter them at twilight…That same night they are to eat the meat roasted over the fire. Exodus 12:6b, 8a
From the plagues to the wanderings, the story of the Israelites moves from scene to scene seamlessly, but there are some distinctions between the components within this narration. For instance, there is a difference in meaning between the slaughtering of the lamb and the consuming of it—particularly in terms of how it relates to how we experience the Lamb. Examining this distinction may aid us in incorporating what the Spirit has taught us through this series into our daily walk with the Lord.
As with the Passover lamb, Jesus’ death is the covering of our sin, but the eating of his flesh (as he bids us do, John 6:51-55) is about our accepting of that covering as our own and availing of it to sustain us spiritually day after day. When we take our place under the blood we identify with his death, much as the worshiper put his hands on the head of the lamb, slaying it for his redemption, and applied it to the door frame. But when, like them, we eat of him—taking him into ourselves through his word and fellowship with him in prayer and worship— we are identifying with his life, being given nourishment. His life sustains us.
God did not tell them only to put the blood on the door posts, the command was to consume the lamb—all of it. Going forward in this commemoration they would not again put the blood on the door, but they did continue to eat the lamb. They were not redeemed again and again each year, but they were to be cleansed by the blood of the sacrifice, then partake of the lamb. It was the sign of continuing fellowship with the One who saved them. To no longer eat of it was to become excommunicated, separated from both God and his people.
In our spiritual life we cannot merely say we are under the blood of Christ’s sacrifice and not also eat of the flesh and drink of the blood that is our sustenance. The life of God comes from taking his life into ourselves. The Word is bread, the life of Christ, and we must consume it to live. One cannot say, “I believe the blood of Christ has saved me,” but refuse to enter communion with Him. There are many who falsely believe they are saved because they believe Jesus is the Savior, but they do not commune with him or live on him. Without the fellowship, there is no life.
Early in this series we noted Paul’s instruction to us, “For Christ, our Passover lamb, has been sacrificed. Therefore let us keep the feast…” (1 Corinthians 5:7b-8a).
Commenting on this passage, Spurgeon encourages us: “We are to keep the feast by feeding upon Christ. The pascal lamb was not slain to be looked at, to be laid by in store, or merely made the subject of conversation. But it was slain to be fed upon. So, Christian, it is your daily business to feed upon Christ Jesus, whose flesh is meat, indeed, and whose blood is drink, indeed.”
That is our call going forward—not merely to know there is a Lamb, not only to seek refuge under his blood as our covering and redemption, but to feast upon him! We must take him into ourselves daily, for he alone will satisfy us. Fellowship with him assures that on That Day when we stand before him, he will not say, “Depart from me, for I never knew you,” (Matthew 7:23). The more we commune with him, the more we will hear his voice clearly, for he said that his sheep would hear his voice and follow him, but would not follow other voices (John 10). And how do we know his voice if we do not spend time listening to him and communing with him? He invites us to feast on him, and to feast with him (Revelation 3:20).
• What has stood out to you most from this series?
• Is there a theme the Lord has impressed on your heart for your life with him?
• Have you been regularly feasting on him and with him? What has it meant to your life to do so?
• If you have not done so yet, what do you need to change in your life to make it happen?
Lord, enable us to continue to remember redemption. Grip us with the power of it. Deepen us in the wonder of it. Humble us with the grandeur of it. Thrill us with the joy of it. May we grow in our understanding of what redemption means, and our awe of your wisdom and your ways. Teach us more about the grace you manifest to us through the Lamb, and the privilege we have to continue feasting on him and with him.
by Sheri Cook, Director of Special Ministries