Portrait Of Christ: Part 2-The Hidden Man
The rituals around the world of how, what and who we worship are a testimony of the restlessness of the human heart seeking to answer the age-old question- why are we here? Some have been known and still are worshipers of trees, lakes, rivers, sky, stars and man-made idols.
Every time humans struggled with these concerns, God had already made a provision to remedy these anxieties and that solution was the hidden Man. Most times he is concealed but we can tell he’s there and his name is Jesus. Since the days of old testament;
Who do you think spoke to Moses through the burning bush?
Who do you think appeared to Joshua announcing to him that he was the captain of the lord’s host?
Who is it that Isaiah saw in the temple when king Uzziah died?
As we read through scripture we cannot help but see the provision God had already made for humanity even as he searched for the hidden Man.
The lord said to Moses and Aaron in Egypt, “this month is to be for you the first month, the first month of your year. Tell the whole community of Israel that on the tenth day of this month each man is to take a lamb for his family one for each household. If any household is too small for a whole lamb, they must share one with their nearest neighbor, having considered the people there are. You are to determine the amount of lamb needed in accordance with what each person will eat.
The animals you choose must be year-old lambs without defect. And you may take them from the sheep or the goats. Take care of them till the fourteenth day of the month when all the people of the community of Israel must slaughter them at twilight. Then they are to take some of the blood and put it on the sides and tops of the doorframes of the houses they eat the lambs. That same night, they are to eat the meat roasted over the fire, along with bitter herbs, and bread made without yeast. Do not eat the meat raw or cooked in water, but roast it over the fire-head, legs and inner parts. Do not leave any of it till morning. If some is left, burn it. This is how you are to it it; your sandals on your feet and your staff in your hand. Eat it in haste; it’s the LORDS Passover.
On the same night, I will pass through Egypt and strike every first born-both man and animals-and I will bring judgment on all the gods of Egypt. I am the LORD. The blood will be a sign for you on the houses where you are; and when I see the blood, I will pass over you no destructive plague will touch you when I strike Egypt.
Then Moses summoned all the elders of Israel and said to them, “go at once and select the animals for your families and slaughter the Passover lamb. Take a bunch of hyssop, dip it into the blood in the basis and put some of the blood on the top and both sides of the doorframe, not one of you shall go out the door of his house until morning. When the LORD goes through the land to strike the Egyptians, he will not permit the destroyer to enter your houses and strike you down.
From the above excerpt, we can consider four things;
- A carefully Selected Sacrifice;
An instruction was given that a lamb without blemish was to be selected by the congregation of Israel. That lamb was a foreshadow of something in the future. Because we are all sinners, that lamb mirrors Jesus Christ. He was the perfect lamb sacrificed for the atonement of sins for all humanity.
2cor 5:21– God made him who had no sin to be sin for us, so that in him we might become the righteousness of God.
- Clearly Stated Statute;
No one was to go outside their houses for the protection against the angel of death. That statute speaks to us in that to experience the protection of God against the troubles of this world, we must stay in faith, in church and follow Jesus Christ. There are those who have left the family of faith and that has landed them into all sorts of trouble.
For us today, politically, it’s okay to ask the question of justice but it is not right to think one tribe is greater than other tribes.
- A carefully selected season (Kairos)
Jesus interestingly died during the Passover feast which was 14th day of Nisan. The Israelites did not realize that they needed not another lamb because Jesus was the new covenant lamb.
- A carefully selected sign
During the Passover, the blood on the door posts were a sign of death so the angel of death could not punish the same crime twice. (double jeopardy) the angel of death passed over every house with the sign of blood.
Accepting Jesus as lord and savior shields us as believers from the death because Christ shed his blood so we can be saved. We can never be punished for our transgressions because of what he has done.
Just because Jesus Christ paid the ultimate price for us, no one is going to treat you and I so cheaply. We are not saved by choosing Christian names for ourselves or bringing offering to God. Only the blood of Jesus sets us free from every condemnation, sin, diseases, iniquity and every imaginable problem. Because he knew no sin, he was the perfect lamb that stops us from searching for any other substitute in this world.
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