Saved by the blood

Last updated on April 19, 2021


‘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 no plague will befall you to destroy you, when I strike the land of Egypt.’ (Exodus 12:13)

The final plague will come over Egypt: all of their firstborns will die. But the Israelites will be safe — if they kill a lamb, eat it as a Passover meal and put some of the lamb’s blood on their doorposts as a sign. God has given them detailed instructions on this ritual meal, which is full of symbolism.

The crucial thing is not to have the Israelite ethnicity, but to accept God’s offer of salvation and to follow his instructions. In this specific situation, that meant putting blood on the doorposts. In general, it means accepting God’s offer of forgiveness and renewal. As Jesus clearly said: “I am the way, and the truth, and the life. No one comes to the Father except through me” (John 14:6). The apostles stress: “And there is salvation in no one else, for there is no other name under heaven given among men by which we must be saved” (Acts 4:12).

Do you accept God’s offer of eternal life by faith in Jesus Christ?
Only then “no plague will befall you to destroy you”!

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