As Pesach (Passover) draws nearer, we find ourselves caught up in the busyness of clearing out the dust in our homes, and preparations for the evening meal and commemoration (seder).
At the back of our minds, we all know of the true meaning of Pesach – which is HaShem’s (The Name, or G-d) deliverance from bondage/sin to freedom and forgiveness. Yet, let us also not forget about the requirement of HaShem, according to His Torah (law/instructions), that almost all things were by blood cleansed. And that without the shedding of blood, basically the principle of a life in exchange for a life, there would be no forgiveness and freedom.
Hebrews 9:22 In fact, the law requires that nearly everything be cleansed with blood, and without the shedding of blood there is no forgiveness. (New International Version ©1984)
Vayikra (Leviticus) 17:11 for the life of the flesh is in the blood, and I have given it to you on the altar, to make atonement for your souls; for it is the blood which maketh atonement for the soul. (Young’s Literal Translation)
Isaiah 53:5-12 …But he was wounded for our transgressions, he was bruised for our iniquities: the chastisement of our peace was upon him; and with his stripes we are healed. All we like sheep have gone astray; we have turned every one to his own way; and the L_RD hath laid on him the iniquity of us all. He was oppressed, and he was afflicted, yet he opened not his mouth: he is brought as a lamb to the slaughter, and as a sheep before her shearers is dumb, so he openeth not his mouth. He was taken from prison and from judgment: and who shall declare his generation? for he was cut off out of the land of the living: for the transgression of my people was he stricken. And he made his grave with the wicked, and with the rich in his death; because he had done no violence, neither was any deceit in his mouth. Yet it pleased the L_RD to bruise him; he hath put him to grief: when thou shalt make his soul an offering for sin, he shall see his seed, he shall prolong his days, and the pleasure of the L_RD shall prosper in his hand. He shall see of the travail of his soul, and shall be satisfied: by his knowledge shall my righteous servant justify many; for he shall bear their iniquities. Therefore will I divide him a portion with the great, and he shall divide the spoil with the strong; because he hath poured out his soul unto death: and he was numbered with the transgressors; and he bare the sin of many, and made intercession for the transgresors. (King’s James Version)
More Scriptures for reference (Matthew 26:28; Mark 14:24; Romans 3:25 & 5:9; Ephesians 1:7; Colossians 1:14, 20; Hebrews 13:12; 1 Peter 1:2; 1 John 1:7; Revelation 1:5).
I would like to also include a little something taken from The Daily Spurgeon website, dated 27 March 2012:
Nothing But The Blood
That part of the line of battle which is most fiercely assailed by the enemy is sure to be that which he knows to be most important to carry. Men hate those they fear. The antagonism of the enemies of the gospel is mainly against the cross. From the very first it was so. They cried “Let him come down from the cross and we will believe in him.” They will write us pretty lives of Christ and tell us what an excellent man he was, and do our Lord such homage as their Judas’ lips can afford him; they will also take his sermon on the mount and say what a wonderful insight he had into the human heart, and what a splendid code of morals he taught, and so on. “We will be Christians” say they, “but the dogma of atonement we utterly reject.”
Our answer is, we do not care one farthing what they have to say about our Master if they deny his substitutionary sacrifice, whether they give him wine or vinegar is a small question so long as they reject the claims of the Crucified. The praises of unbelievers are sickening; who wants to hear polluted lips lauding him? Such sugared words are very like those which came out of the mouth of the devil when he said “Thou Son of the Highest,” and Jesus rebuked him and said “Hold thy peace, and come out of him.” Even thus would we say to unbelievers who extol Christ’s life: “Hold your peace! We know your enmity, disguise it as you may. Jesus is the Savior of men or he is nothing; if you will not have Christ crucified you cannot have him at all.”
My brethren in Jesus let us glory in the blood of Jesus, let it be conspicuous as though it were sprinkled upon the lintel and the two side posts of our doors, and let the world know that redemption by blood is written upon the innermost tablets of our hearts.
From a sermon by Charles Haddon Spurgeon entitled “The Man Of One Subject,” delivered October 31, 1875.
Lastly, as we look forward to this year’s Pesach, in honouring the Holy One of Israel in our lives, may we also be strengthened and encouraged by this beautiful reminder:
1 Corinthians 5:7-8 Purge out therefore the old leaven (chametz), that you may be a new lump, as you are unleavened. For even Christ (Messiah) our passover (Pesach) is sacrificed for us: Therefore let us keep the feast, not with old leaven, neither with the leaven of malice and wickedness; but with the unleavened bread of sincerity and truth. (King’s James Version)
Happy Pesach and G-d bless you in King Messiah Yeshua (Jesus)!