The Greatest Love Story
Everything in the Old Testament foreshadowed the New Testament and is fulfilled in Christ Jesus. It’s only when we read the two in parallel that we are able to unlock a deeper meaning to scripture. Thousands of years before the Cross, in the midst of Genesis and Exodus, God hinted at the greatest love story that would eventually unfold – the story of the Cross.
The profound thing is that God’s plan was mapped out from the very beginning, saturated with an immense love that is almost incomprehensible. God used Abraham and Moses, as a foretaste of what was to come. It’s only when we open up our eyes to the fullness of the Gospel that we are able to access this. It’s Jesus that threads the Old Testament together with the New Testament.
At the heart of the story of Abraham sacrificing his only son Isaac was God the Father preparing to send His only son into the world, to die for our sins. If we look at the two stories in parallel, it’s so evident that Christ’s mission was destined from the start.
Christ travelled into Jerusalem on a donkey, just like how Abraham and Isaac travelled to the mountains on a donkey. In the same way, how Isaac carried the wood to the altar, Jesus carried the wood of His cross up the mountain.
“When they came to the place which God had told him about, Abraham built an altar and arranged the wood on it. He tied up his son and placed him on the altar, on top of the wood.” Genesis 22:9
The mirroring of the crucifixion to come is so clear in Genesis, yet I kept missing it. It’s only recently, that God opened my eyes to see that His love for me and you penetrated from the beginning of time. God saw that humanity was in desperate need of a saviour. In fact, Abraham trusted that God would provide, and in the end, God sent an unblemished ram in place of Isaac. It’s the ram that foreshadowed the way in which God would provide Jesus, as our eternal sacrifice and Saviour.
Secondly, it’s the Passover in Exodus which truly revealed the Lord's plan to deliver His people from exile. In Exodus, Moses is sent to free the Israelites from physical slavery and bondage. Jesus, on the other hand, is sent to free the whole human race from slavery of sin and bondage of shame.
By the blood of the lamb, the Israelites were saved from the angel of death. In the same way, by the blood of Jesus Christ – the Lamb of God, the whole of humanity can be liberated from death’s hold and experience fully in the resurrection of life. It’s the parallel image of the Passover lamb with the Pascal Lamb of Christ that truly awakened me to see that the two stories interlinked.
The blood of the unblemished lamb had to be smeared on the door frames of the house, so that the Israelites would be saved from the touch of death. In the same way Jesus, a scapegoat for humanity, was the unblemished lamb unworthily sent to the slaughterhouse. For it is by His blood smeared on the Cross, that we are redeemed and saved. By His blood, the rift between God and Man was healed.
“This is my blood of the covenant, which is poured out for many for the forgiveness of sins.” Matthew 26:28
At the Passover, when the lamb was roasted, none of its bones were to be broken. However, it was customary during an execution, to break the legs of the victim so that they were no longer able to push up against the Cross, to draw in breath. Yet, in the case of Jesus, who truly was the Lamb of God, they didn’t break His legs since He was already dead.
The parallels continue with lastly, the hope that comes from both events. In the same way, Moses led God's people out of slavery and into the Promised Land which flowed with milk and honey, is the same way in which Christ Jesus leads us out of slavery and into the hope of a heavenly Promised Land. For He is the Way, the Truth and the Life - the question is: are we willing to follow?
POINT TO PONDER: Jesus' love for you was sooo immense that He was willing to die for you.
VERSE TO LIVE: “There is no greater love than to lay down one’s life for one’s friend.” John 15:13
QUESTION TO CONSIDER: Have you nailed your sin and shame to the Cross or is it still holding you hostage?
PRAYER: Lord I pray, during this season of Easter, that in the deepest depths of our heart, we may come to know that we are healed and forgiven by the blood of the Lamb and that we are unconditionally loved by you. Lord, fill us up with your love so that we may continue to pour out love to others. Amen.