Read Exodus 12:1-51
“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 12:13
God had big plans for the Israelites. Through them…ultimately through the coming of Jesus…God wanted to bring blessing to others. But first, the Lord wanted to release them from their slavery in a foreign land. He wanted them to live in their own country. God chose Moses to be the one who would lead the people to their new home.
Leaving Egypt wasn’t easy. Pharaoh, the leader of Egypt, refused to let them go. God used Moses to bring plagues on the Egyptians. Each plague was an attack on the gods that the Egyptians worshiped that weren’t real. Just imagine water turned to blood or frogs everywhere. Think how annoying it would be to have gnats, flies, and locusts all over everything. They experienced painful skin problems and their livestock had diseases. There was hail like you have never seen and even darkness like you have never experienced. In spite of these plagues, Pharaoh, in the end, refused to allow God’s people to go.
Then came the turning point. The final plague. The one that finally convinced Pharaoh. The Israelites were to kill a lamb that was perfect. God instructed them to place blood from that lamb on the sides and top of their doorframes. In the night, he passed over the homes. Wherever the blood had been applied people lived. In those homes where no lamb had been sacrificed and no blood had been applied, the first-born died. At that, Pharaoh allowed God’s people to go.
This Old Testament “Passover” was a picture pointing to Jesus and His future sacrifice. Like the lamb, He was perfect. His blood was shed on the cross. All who accept His sacrifice for themselves experience eternal life. Those who don’t experience punishment.