Exodus 12:41-42 “And it came to pass at the end of the four hundred and thirty years, even the selfsame day it came to pass, that all the hosts of the LORD went out from the land of Egypt. It is a night to be much observed unto the LORD for bringing them out from the land of Egypt: this is that night of the LORD to be observed of all the children of Israel in their generations.”
It seems incomprehensible to me to imagine the devastation the Israelites left behind when God delivered them that day. Their flocks were devastated, their crops were utterly destroyed – and then the locusts came.
Exodus 10:15 “For they covered the face of the whole earth, so that the land was darkened; and they did eat every herb of the land, and all the fruit of the trees which the hail had left: and there remained not any green thing in the trees, or in the herbs of the field, through all the land of Egypt.”
The beauty of the country in which I live is lushly green throughout most of the year. To think of the judgment of God to remove every blade of grass, every leaf on every tree; it would be worse that the black, brown and grey of winter.
Then came the worst of all – the death of the firstborn. What God wrought that day, signified the power and supreme sovereignty of Almighty God. The deliverance that day must have seemed a triumphant victory in the eyes of the Israelites. But to witness firsthand what it took to get it must have been sobering.
To look then, to the coming of the Messiah and His deliverance for all men; everything else pales in comparison. You nor I should ever lessen the significance of what Jesus Christ did that day He gave His life on Calvary.
He was that sacrificial Lamb – the Lamb of God which takes away the sin of the world. When He was born, many first came to Jesus. He was fully human. He often came in the form of a man, theophanies, as the are referred; but never in human flesh until then.
He never sinned. Since Adam, there had never been a man alive that was without sin.
Romans 3:23 “For all have sinned, and come short of the glory of God;”
With sin came death:
Romans 5:12 “Wherefore, as by one man sin entered into the world, and death by sin; and so death passed upon all men, for that all have sinned:”
Jesus was tempted, but never one time did He ever sin.
Hebrews 2:18 “For in that he himself hath suffered being tempted, he is able to succour them that are tempted.”
Then, having taken on the form of a man, He was offered up on our behalf to pay for all sin. It was then, God, in the form of Jesus Christ felt the guilt and shame we feel over the sin we commit. He experienced the separation from His Father for the very first time – for us. I do not think you nor I can ever grasp the significance of just what Jesus went through for us.
He wrought a great deliverance for us that day. The gift of eternal life through Jesus Christ cost more than we will ever truly understand. When I meditate on this thought, I get overwhelmed by the indebtedness I feel for such a great price paid for me. And not only me, but the sins of the whole world placed upon Jesus leaves me in awe of it all.
If I just leave it to feeling, though, I have come far short of just what I believe God would have wanted. If thankfulness and gratitude do not rise up in our hearts to literally overwhelm us, we should take stock as to why. Sin and selfishness block thankfulness and gratitude so quickly, we must first recognize the state we are in to grasp the bondage it has on us.
So much has been placed before our eyes, we are so easily distracted and become divided from the the Spirit’s influence in our life. If you are thankful, how will you show it? If you are grateful to God for His deliverance from your sin, how does that truth affect what you do? Where you go? What you say? How you will serve?
Far too many are satisfied with being moved emotionally. If there is enough to move your heart, how much more is needed to move our feet?