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another free worship song from Bethel Church – i love songs about what Jesus has done and who Jesus is.

i love songs that come out of a meeting spontaneously, its as if it was the heartbeat of a  moment from us to God and from God to us.

what’s your favourite free worship song or free worship moment?

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There’s a Lamb Who is white and there’s a Way to be white as snow and when we are our worst, His white hides our dirt best.

In Him, you are not your sin. In Him, you are not your dirt. In Him, you are hidden and your iniquity is made clean by your identity and your identity is in His purity — and when we are our worst, His white hides our dirt best.

~ Ann Voskamp

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Then they are to take some of the blood and put it on the sides and tops of the doorframes of the houses where they eat the lambs. "On that same night I will pass through Egypt and strike down every firstborn of both people and animals, and I will bring judgment on all the gods of Egypt. I am the lord. The blood will be a sign for you on the houses where you are, and when I see the blood, I will pass over you. No destructive plague will touch you when I strike Egypt.  Exodus 12:7, 12-13

 

Passover was a judgement against all the gods of Egypt, and it was the final statement of God’s power. Passover was the covenant God used to fulfil His promise to His people. God used the blood sacrifice of the lamb to deliver His people from slavery and death. In the same way, Jesus Christ became a sacrificial Passover Lamb, whose blood saves all who believe in Him from slavery to sin and from death. youversion note

 

most strikingly for me is that Jesus is our Passover Lamb.  The Lamb of God that takes away the sins of the world.

that this foreshadows what Jesus would do.

that because of the blood of Jesus the wrath of God passes over us.

some things to note:

· The Passover Lamb was to be a male without defect.

· All of the people must slaughter the Passover Lamb.

· There is deliverance for those people who are covered by the Blood of the Passover Lamb.

· Nothing of the Passover Lamb was to be left till morning.

· The same regulations apply to alien and native born (Gentiles and Jewish people).

· The Passover Lamb was to have no broken bones.

 

1 Peter 1:18-20  For you know that it was not with perishable things such as silver or gold that you were redeemed from the empty way of life handed down to you from your forefathers, but with the precious blood of Christ, a lamb without blemish or defect. He was chosen before the creation of the world, but was revealed in these last times for your sake.

John 1:29  The next day John saw Jesus coming toward him and said, "Look, the Lamb of God, who takes away the sin of the world!

John 18:38 (KJV) Pilate saith unto him, What is truth? And when he had said this, he went out again unto the Jews, and saith unto them, I find in him no fault at all.

Isaiah 53 (NIV) Who has believed our message and to whom has the arm of the LORD been revealed?  He grew up before him like a tender shoot, and like a root out of dry ground. He had no beauty or majesty to attract us to him, nothing in his appearance that we should desire him.  He was despised and rejected by men, a man of sorrows, and familiar with suffering. Like one from whom men hide their faces he was despised, and we esteemed him not.  Surely he took up our infirmities and carried our sorrows, yet we considered him stricken by God, smitten by him, and afflicted.  But he was pierced for our transgressions, he was crushed for our iniquities; the punishment that brought us peace was upon him, and by his wounds we are healed. We all, like sheep, have gone astray, each of us has turned to his own way; and the LORD has laid on him the iniquity of us all. He was oppressed and afflicted, yet he did not open his mouth; he was led like a lamb to the slaughter, and as a sheep before her shearers is silent, so he did not open his mouth. By oppression and judgment he was taken away. And who can speak of his descendants? For he was cut off from the land of the living; for the transgression of my people he was stricken.  He was assigned a grave with the wicked, and with the rich in his death, though he had done no violence, nor was any deceit in his mouth.  Yet it was the Lord’s will to crush him and cause him to suffer, and though the LORD makes his life a guilt offering, he will see his offspring and prolong his days, and the will of the LORD will prosper in his hand.  After the suffering of his soul, he will see the light of life and be satisfied ; by his knowledge my righteous servant will justify many, and he will bear their iniquities.  Therefore I will give him a portion among the great, and he will divide the spoils with the strong, because he poured out his life unto death, and was numbered with the transgressors. For he bore the sin of many, and made intercession for the transgressors.

God made him who had no sin to be sin for us, so that in him we might become the righteousness of God. 2 Corinthians 5:21

That God was reconciling the world to himself in Christ, not counting peoples sins against them. 2 Corinthians 5:19

 

 

 

read also THE LAMB OF GOD

Imagine with me.  It is a hot dusty day in a hot dusty land.  The wind rises, blowing hair into the eyes of a young man.  All around him are the noises and smells of the market and temple.  The air is filled with the bleating of sheep, the lowing of oxen and the shouting of people.  Each step he takes he is bustled and pushed by those around him.  They all are heading to the same destination.  The temple.

The young man presents his lamb to the levite priest before him.

The priest examines the lamb thoroughly.  He opens his mouth.  Checks the lambs hooves.  Runs his hands up and down each leg.  He checks for flaws, defects.

The priest nods solemnly.  Relief floods the young man’s heart.   His offering was perfect.  Acceptable.  A weight lifts off his shoulders.  He is forgiven…  Read more at The Lamb of God

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Imagine with me.  It is a hot dusty day in a hot dusty land.  The wind rises, blowing hair into the eyes of a young man.  All around him are the noises and smells of the market and temple.  The air is filled with the bleating of sheep, the lowing of oxen and the shouting of people.  Each step he takes he is bustled and pushed by those around him.  They all are heading to the same destination.  The temple.

The young man presents his lamb to the levite priest before him.

The priest examines the lamb thoroughly.  He opens his mouth.  Checks the lambs hooves.  Runs his hands up and down each leg.  He checks for flaws, defects.

The priest nods solemnly.  Relief floods the young man’s heart.   His offering was perfect.  Acceptable.  A weight lifts off his shoulders.  He is forgiven.

Did you notice?

Did you  see?

The priest didn’t look the young man up and down.  He didn’t glance his shoes, look in his eyes, or ask for a record of how he spent his time in the last week.  There is no third degree or scrutiny of the mans heart and character.  The young man did not have to be perfect or acceptable to be forgiven.

The sacrifice needed to be perfect and acceptable.  The sacrifice needed to be blemish free.

The Bible says “you must bring to the Lord as the penalty for your sin a female from the flock, either a sheep or a goat. This is a sin offering with which the priest will purify you from your sin, making you right with the Lord.” Leviticus 5:6

The Old Testament sacrificial code is a shadow and a foreshadowing.  It shows us how we are forgiven.  It shows us how we become acceptable with God.

Just as the young man had his sin covered by the blood of the acceptable lamb so too we come before God covered and made acceptable by an offering.  The offering of Jesus Christ, the Lamb of God.

1 Peter 1:1-19   And the ransom he paid was not mere gold or silver. It was the precious blood of Christ, the sinless, spotless Lamb of God.

And just as the priest didn’t examine the young man to see if he was blemish free God doesn’t look at us, he only looks at the Lamb of God who takes away our sins.  The blood of Jesus, the Lamb, covers us and makes us acceptable.
Did you see that?

Did you feel that?

We don’t need to be perfect to come to God.  The perfect sacrifice was given in Jesus.  When we first come to God (pre-Christian) we are totally blemished and defective because of sin.  The Bible says we are dead to God.  We are made acceptable by trusting in the sacrifice of Jesus.  This is what faith is.

“Therefore, since we have been made right in God’s sight by faith, we have peace with God because of what Jesus Christ our Lord has done for us.” Romans 5:1

Because of Christ and our faith in him, we can now come boldly and confidently into God’s presence. Ephesians 3:12

Our life as Christians and right standing with God continues to depend upon this sacrifice.  It is not by our own effort or goodness that we can know God.  We can never measure up or become unblemished by working for it.   When God looks at us He sees the righteous record of His Son.  We are right now acceptable to God.

“He is so rich in kindness and grace that he purchased our freedom with the blood of his Son and forgave our sins.” Ephesians 1:7

We are instructed and encouraged to walk out our faith by living lives that are pleasing to God but this is a process that takes a lifetime.  As we “clean our lives up” though we don’t need to feel far away from God or not good enough to know Him. .  If we are a Christian there is no limitation or separation between God and us. Jesus gave His life so that we can know God and be called a child of God. We can know God.

This should give us freedom and joy and gratitude and a sense of awe – the WOW response. Let’s live like this. Let’s live in this freedom and forgiveness.   Lets live responding to the grace of God.

The sacrifice has been paid.  We are forgiven.

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