“This is my blood of the covenant, which is poured out for many,“ he said to them. Mark 14:24
Listen: Mark 14
The Passover Lamb was a symbol of deliverance. In Exodus 12, the Israelites were slaves in Egypt. God had one final plague to bring that would secure their release—the death of the first-born people and animals. The only way this judgment would pass over your house was to smear the blood of a lamb over your doorframe. The blood was their salvation and a symbol of God’s covenant with them.
The death of livestock became common in Israel’s covenantal system. The idea was that your sin and guilt went onto the animal and the animal was killed on your behalf. Jesus words are profound, “This is my blood of the covenant, which is poured out for many” (Mark 4:24). Jesus is the once-and-for-all sacrifice for all people. He bore our sin and shame on himself and died in our place. In return, we get his spotless righteousness (2 Corinthians 5:21). This is the New Covenant—Jesus in my place.
IN YOUR CHAIR TIME TODAY
The New Covenant should inspire in us wonder and awe. As we near Good Friday, remember it is called that because of how good it is not for Jesus—but for us. May our hearts be sobered and full of love and gratitude because of God’s incredible gift to us. To remind you of this truth, take a moment to listen to the song “O, The Blood” performed by Kari Jobe. Worship the Lamb slain on our behalf and who gave His life for us.
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