Better Than Passover: Exodus 11-12, Romans 3

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In Genesis 11 and 12, God sends a final plague upon the Egyptians: Death. Moses warns Pharaoh that if he does not let the people go, God will bring death to all the firstborn in the entire land.

This plague will fall upon everyone, Egyptian and Hebrew alike, unless God’s people sacrifice a lamb and paint their door posts in blood, a symbol of their obedience and allegiance to God. This is the Passover story, a beautiful picture of God saving His people and crushing His enemies in one swift stroke.

But that word “picture” is important. Passover was not ultimate salvation for the Jews. They would eventually die. In fact most of them would within 40 years of this night. The people of God were saved from slavery and death for a little while, but not forever.

In order to ensure the salvation of His people forever, God would need a much harsher judgment and a much stronger salvation plan.

In Romans 3, the Apostle Paul explains this plan:

But now the righteousness of God has been manifested apart from the law, although the Law and the Prophets bear witness to it—the righteousness of God through faith in Jesus Christ for all who believe. For there is no distinction: for all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God, and are justified by his grace as a gift, through the redemption that is in Christ Jesus, whom God put forward as a propitiation by his blood, to be received by faith. This was to show God’s righteousness, because in his divine forbearance he had passed over former sins. It was to show his righteousness at the present time, so that he might be just and the justifier of the one who has faith in Jesus.

God’s righteousness against our sin was revealed in the death of Jesus Christ. He became our propitiation, our sin and wrath bearer, so that we could be made righteous. And just like in Egypt, there is no distinction, every person, regardless of how they were brought up, what race they are, what country they live in, what they have done, or what they will do, is guilty of sin and in need of salvation.

But unlike in Egypt, the salvation is not just from what is immediate and physical but what is eternal and spiritual. The salvation that comes through faith in Christ, the perfect sacrificial lamb, is sure forever. Those who trust in Him are secure in their rescue from slavery and their reward of salvation for all eternity.

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