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 plagues will touch you when I strike Egypt. (Ex.12:13)

PROPHECIES OF CHRIST, the Messiah, pepper the Old Testament. Perhaps the most obvious one is found in the slaying of the Passover Lamb—the perfect, unblemished Lamb, whose blood saves people from death. But how does that affect us four thousand years later?

We can relate to the Hebrews of Moses’ time. Metaphorically, we still live in a world enslaved by corruption, sin, and evil. People worship the idols of power, money, and self. We are mistreated strangers in a land that is not our home.

The Hebrews celebrated their miraculous salvation once a year. We Christians have the privilege of celebrating it daily, if not every minute. Each time we come to the Lord, asking forgiveness for our sins, we celebrate Passover. Because Christ shed His blood on the cross for our sins, that blood now covers us, purifying us to kneel before the throne of heaven. The wrath of a holy God is no longer our fate.

Our Redeemer and Deliverer lives! There is a way out of bondage. God’s wrath has passed over us through Christ, the Lamb of God. Christ’s blood covers us. Jesus is our passage out of Egypt and into heaven. After our earthly wilderness wandering, marked by trials and growth, the Promised Land awaits. What a difference Jesus has made in our lives!

Next time you go to your knees to ask forgiveness, picture the blood of the Lamb over you.

Julie B. Cosgrove is a widowed Christian author and speaker who lives in Fort Worth, Texas. She is involved with women’s and outreach ministries.