LENTEN MEDITATION (Inspired by Exodus 12:3-10)
The ancient Hebrews of Biblical renown, led by Moses, were on the brink of being liberated from four hundred years of slavery in Egypt. But one more thing was necessary. God had said to find a lamb, a special lamb, a yearling without blemish. Each household was to find one. And they were to bring it into their home and take care of it for four days. This meant feeding and bedding it. And to the delight of the children, the lamb was most likely played with, petted and cuddled, and perhaps even given a name. And in those few days, there was time to develop a relationship with that special lamb.
But God had said something more. At the end of those four days, all of the lambs were to be slaughtered at twilight, roasted and eaten. And now the lambs who had been house guests were to serve as a sacrifice, the blood of each to be put on the sides and tops of each household door frame. It was this blood that would save those dwelling within. The blood of the lamb would be a sign to the angel of death, as he passed through to take the firstborn of every household, to pass over the homes where he saw the blood on the doorposts.
Perhaps tears were shed as parents explained to their children how their lives and liberation now depended on the sacrifice of the innocent lamb that for those few days had become a part of the family.
Many years later, God found His own perfect lamb, one without blemish. But this was not just any lamb– but a member of His own household –His own Son within the divine relationship that we call the Trinity. And He sacrificed that Lamb, not for the sake of His own life and liberation, but for ours. In the words of an old, beloved hymn:
“And when I think that God, His Son not sparing, sent Him to die – I scarce can take it in; That on the Cross, my burden gladly bearing, He bled and died to take away my sin. Then sings my soul, my Savior God, to Thee, How great Thou art! How great Thou art!”