“Who do you say that I am?” This is the question facing every person in all of history. Who is Jesus Christ? Was he just a good man, a prophet, one who cared for the poor and hurting? Or was he more than that?
Most people outside of the church that I have relationship with, will tell me that they believe Jesus was a good man. They believe that he existed and wasn’t some made up story. C.S. Lewis writes extensively about this dilemma. He wrote “you can’t be a good man and a liar.” So, if you believe that Jesus existed, and was a good man, you have to wrestle with what he said about himself. Because he is either a liar (and thus not a good man) or he was the Son of God.
The series we are in is all about Jesus. He’s the beginning and the end and has something to say to each of us if we open up our ears and hearts to hear him speak to us.
This weekend we will be looking at a common analogy to describe the work of Christ through the Old Testament – “The Lamb of God”. And this symbolism is tied to the Jewish Passover meal in which they celebrate the time an angel of God “passed over” the homes of the Jewish people still in bondage in Egypt and who had put the blood of a sacrificed lamb over their doorposts. The angel killed the first born child of every family who did not have this blood over their doorposts. It sounds gruesome, but it’s also a powerful picture of God’s work of grace through His son Jesus who became, for us, our Passover Lamb.
True freedom from sin doesn’t come by sacrificing a lamb, but by believing in the sacrifice of Christ. His death and resurrection gives us power to live free from the stuff that holds us in bondage.
Action: What is holding you captive? Maybe it’s a particular habit or hangup. Maybe it’s a relationship. Maybe it’s an attitude. I encourage you to lay it at the foot of the cross of Christ today and begin walking in freedom.