Our son had cut his finger on the playground, and it was sore and red. So, I went out and purchased a tube of antibiotic salve. A couple days later, his finger looked worse, and I asked if he had put the salve on it. He had forgotten to apply it. The salve was only effective when applied to his finger.
The Passover Blood had to be Applied
God gave the people specific instructions. Exodus 12: 12 On that night I will pass through the land of Egypt and strike down every firstborn son and firstborn male animal in the land of Egypt. I will execute judgment against all the gods of Egypt, for I am the Lord! 13 But the blood on your doorposts will serve as a sign, marking the houses where you are staying. When I see the blood, I will pass over you. This plague of death will not touch you when I strike the land of Egypt.
God’s instructions sounded unusual, and the people had a choice, they could simply ignore them or act on them. The blood would only be effective as a sign when it was applied to the doorposts. If there was no blood on the doorposts, the angel of death would kill the first born of the household.
The Blood of Jesus is Only Effective when it is Applied
Romans 3: 20 For no one can ever be made right with God by doing what the law commands. The law simply shows us how sinful we are. 21 But now God has shown us a way to be made right with him without keeping the requirements of the law, as was promised in the writings of Moses and the prophets long ago. 22 We are made right with God by placing our faith in Jesus Christ. And this is true for everyone who believes, no matter who we are.
23 For everyone has sinned; we all fall short of God’s glorious standard. 24 Yet God, in his grace, freely makes us right in his sight. He did this through Christ Jesus when he freed us from the penalty for our sins. 25 For God presented Jesus as the sacrifice for sin. People are made right with God when they believe that Jesus sacrificed his life, shedding his blood.
Have you applied the blood of Jesus to your life by faith? If not, you can do that right now.
Father, Thank You for sending Your Son to be the all sufficient sacrifice for my sin. I am sorry for my sins and repent of my wrongdoing. I trust the blood of Jesus to remove my sins and plead the blood of Jesus for protection and for an increase in faith. Amen.
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