Hanging above my kitchen sink is a yellow post-it note. On it is the name of a friend’s son whom I desire to pray for. I hung it there over a year ago. In the beginning months I was very diligent to pray each time I looked at it. But today, as I passed a note hanging on our garage door that says, “Take out the trash” I realized that I no longer see the name hanging, and it has been awhile since I have consistently prayed for him.
When the LORD goes through the land to strike down the Egyptians, he will see the blood on the top and sides of the door frame and will pass over that doorway, and he will not permit the destroyer to enter your houses and strike you down.
I am sure that every Israelite who killed the lamb, smeared its blood on the top and sides of their door and watched as the angel of death swept through, killing the firstborn, would have thought they would never forget that day. Yet, we all forget what we at one time think is important. It doesn’t matter if I see the yellow post-it twenty-five times a day; it is useless if it no longer prompts me to pray.
The author of Hebrews speaks of Moses acting in faith when he trusted God to see the blood and pass over, and as a child of God it is by faith that we believe Jesus is our Passover Lamb--that His blood has covered our sins, enabling us to escape death.
God will never forget the blood shed by His Son. But sometimes I forget it. I go through my day, thinking and acting in ways that show I consider Jesus’s blood a cheap sacrifice. I yell at my kids out of frustration or anger, I despise in my heart something my husband asks of me, I think that in myself I can accomplish all that I need.
Daily, I forget the blood of Jesus, my Passover Lamb.
Don’t you know that a little yeast leavens the whole batch of dough? Get rid of the old yeast, so that you may be a new unleavened batch—as you really are. For Christ, our Passover lamb has been sacrificed.
1 Corinthians 5:6b-7
I must remember the sacrifice of Jesus, and value it in such a way that His costly blood causes me to put off sin and put on righteousness. Remember Jesus this Easter. Remember His blood shed for you. Remember in such a way that prompts you to change.
Worthy is the Lamb, who was slain, to receive power and wealth and wisdom and strength and honor and glory and praise!