If any household is too small for a whole lamb, they must share one. (Ex. 12:4)

Have you ever wanted something you couldn’t afford? I currently drive a white minivan with over a hundred million miles on it (not really). Both front window gears are broken and won’t roll down (really). It makes a concerning humming noise when it’s running, and sometimes the automatic transmission isn’t very automatic. But the story of how I came to own this vehicle is a reminder to me of God’s grace.

Years ago, when the van was in much better condition, a friend of mine was selling it. My car had just died, and he let me “test drive” his van for a month. I finally gave it back to him and told him that his asking price was out of my budget. A few days later, he told me he’d sell it to me for half the price. Wow! What a blessing.

Just as I couldn’t afford the van, salvation is something we cannot afford. There is no sacrifice that we can make to cause God to “pass over” our sins. We can’t pay the price. The Hebrews sacrificed a perfect lamb, as God commanded, to represent the future sacrifice that Jesus would make for us. They spread the blood on their doorposts, he spread his blood on the wooden beam of the cross. Just as the angel of death passed over them, the wrath of God passes over us.

Thank Jesus for making the perfect sacrifice on your behalf.

Jarod Osborne is lead pastor of Pathway Church, in Warsaw, Indiana. He is the author of Jaded Faith (WPH).

© 2019 Wesleyan Publishing House. Reprinted from Light from the Word. Used by permission.

Scriptures taken from the Holy Bible, New International Version®, NIV®.