In our world, appearances are everything. Professionals say that within seconds of meeting someone, we have already made an initial judgment about them. Our impressions of people, either accurate or not, stick with us for as long as we know that individual.
I will distinctly remember being told in high school that I would be guarding a 6’10” out-of-town basketball phenom who had a full ride Division 1 scholarship. I remember him running out of the tunnel with his team and immediately pondering why I got into playing basketball in the first place. The game was about to start and, as I stood behind him, I was looking straight at the number on his back. Before the game even started, my impressions of this guy were overwhelming. In case you’re wondering, that game didn’t go so well for me…
When I was born on May 26th of 1992, I was 11 pounds and over 20 inches long. When the delivery doctor lifted me up, his first words and the first words ever said about me were supposedly, “Oh, wow”.
When my wife Kelly met me, I was 19 years old and straight out of high school. Let’s just say my maturity level was just that of a 19-year-old. To this day, I still ask Kelly what her first impression of me was and she insists it wasn’t all that bad. Apparently it wasn’t because we got married 5 years later.
The imagery that God uses throughout the Bible is something that always amazes me. He constantly uses imagery that portrays Himself not as a warrior king but a humble servant. For example, in Matthew 21, when Jesus enters Jerusalem, He chooses to ride on the back of a donkey, a sign of peace and humility, rather than a horse which would imply a warrior or king.
Therefore, it doesn’t surprise me that God would deliver His people out of Egypt via a lamb. Again, not the most triumphant of animals. God tells Moses to have the nation of Israel spread the blood of the lamb on their doorpost so the angel of death, who was coming that night, would pass over them and thus deliver them from death. This is incredible foreshadowing on how we would be saved from our sin by the result of the blood of Jesus, or Lamb of God, as He was commonly referred to.
Blood was so important to God in the Old Testament because it was the lifeblood of the creature. It is fitting that, only through the blood of Jesus, can we be forgiven of our sins and experience eternal life.
Understanding the symbolism behind God and His work through Jesus paints a much different picture. A picture that shows us His plan for the deliverance of the human race thousands of years before the cross.
Take a moment and thank Jesus for being the Lamb led to slaughter…a sinless sacrifice who died for the sins of the world.