devotional

25AUG
2012

Two great acts

 

            In the Scriptures the two greatest deliverances that God performed were the Exodus of the Old Testament and Christ’s work on Calvary in the New Testament. The first was a type. The second was the anti-type.

 

Both were perfectly accomplished.
Both were to be remembered perpetually.
Both were done while the people were still in bondage.
Both were done because of promises previously made.
Both were a saving both by God and from God.

 

     In Exodus 12:2-14 (abbreviated below) we read the following when God instituted the celebration of Passover: “This month shall be your beginning of months; it shall be the first month of the year to you…every man shall take for himself a lamb…your lamb shall be without blemish…kill it at twilight…take some of the blood and put it on the two doorposts and on the lintel of the houses where they eat it…it is the Lord’s Passover. This day shall be to you a memorial; and you shall keep it as a feast to the Lord throughout your generations.” They were to eat it perpetually, but their deliverance from Egypt was to occur only once. It was perfect.

     Jesus, the anti-type lamb (1 Corinthians 5:7; John 1:36) gave that same celebration an entirely new meaning when, “He took bread, gave thanks and broke it, and gave it to them, saying, “This is My body which is given for you; do this in remembrance of Me.” Likewise He also took the cup after supper, saying, “This cup is the new covenant in My blood, which is shed for you,” Luke 22:19-20. We are to eat it perpetually, but our deliverance from sin was to occur only once. It is perfect.

     In the pages of the New Testament we read of Christ’s death on the cross as a single and sufficient work. This means that even though it was done only once, it accomplished everything it was intended to accomplish. Because of this, because it was perfect, it needn’t ever be done again. Hebrews 10:14 reads: “For by one offering He has perfected forever those who are being sanctified.” Christ’s death happened only once. They were delivered from a physical bondage; we are delivered from a spiritual bondage.

     The institutions of both Passover and the crucifixion were prior to the actual events they commemorate. Moses ate the supper the night before he was led out, and Jesus and the twelve at the supper on the night before he was betrayed. Egypt was behind them; Canaan was before them. Hell is behind us; heaven is before us.

     “Inasmuch then as the children have partaken of flesh and blood, He Himself likewise shared in the same, that through death He might destroy him who had the power of death, that is, the devil, and release those who through fear of death were all their lifetime subject to bondage,” Hebrews 2:14-15.

 

Have you come out of slavery?
There is only one who can deliver. 
There is only one who has already delivered.

 

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