Christmas (Messianic) Prophecies #15 and #16

Posted by on Dec 19, 2008 in Blog Posts | 0 comments

#15 Messiah’s bones were not to be broken
See Exodus 12:46 and John 19:31-36

#16 Messiah was to die as a sacrifice for sin
See Isaiah 53:5, 6, 8, 10-12 and John 1:29; 11:49-52

I have packed the last four prophecies into two posts because they are linked together. Obviously, I could have done that with some of the others, too. Hindsight is 20/20. The joy of blogging is that even when you plan ahead, spontaneity may win out and I’m running out of fresh steam. I feel a bit guilty for saying that, but it’s true. On my walk this morning, I wondered how many of you may be depressed because of the posts. Maybe you expected they would all be about the birth of Christ. They are, but in an unexpected way. His birth was so He could die so that we might believe in Him and have everlasting life. That’s not just the Easter story. It’s the Christmas message.

And so, that presents an adequate transition into today’s two prophecies. Think of a lamb and freedom from bondage. How do they relate?

Look into the manger and see the Christ child. Centuries before, His people would be on the brink of freedom from Egypt and God would direct them to celebrate the Passover for the first time. These families were to select a lamb and bring it into their homes to ultimately become a meal they would partake of. They would also take the lamb’s blood and put it on their doorposts so that the angel of death would pass over their homes and spare the lives of their firstborn males. Any home that did not have the mark of the lamb’s blood on the door frames would suffer the consequences of death to their firstborn sons. The reason behind the angel of death’s visit was as a means to communicate to the Egypt God’s seriousness about releasing His people from centuries of bondage in a land not their own.

In the Exodus passage we are in the midst of the instructions God is giving Moses about the Passover meal. And in those instructions He tells Moses they are not to break any of the bones of the lamb. Then we jump into John’s Gospel and see where he has used this verse as one of God’s prophecies concerning the Messiah, Jesus.

In the next prophecy look at John’s description of Jesus in John 1:29, “Behold, the Lamb of God, who takes away the sin of the world.” Then in Acts 13:38-39 we read, “Therefore, brethren, let it be known to you that through Him forgiveness of sins is proclaimed to you, and through Him everyone who believes is freed from all things, from which you could not be freed through the Law of Moses.”

If I could type standing up I would. I am so excited right now because of what God’s Word so richly says plain as day:

  1. God’s people needed a Passover lamb’s blood to mark them so they could not be touched by the angel of death.
  2. God would use this lamb to ultimately take them away from bondage and the power bondage had over them.
  3. Jesus is our Passover lamb who takes away the sins of the world.
  4. Those who believe in Jesus are no longer slaves to sin. We are free!

I conclude today’s post with a video song of “Mary, Did You Know?” with scenes from the movie, “The Passion”. The scenes are graphic and you need to know this. If you prefer to not watch, I understand. I am typing through tears, mascara, and whatever else I put on my face this morning as I realize all over again just what God did through the perfect lamb.

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