90 sermons. I’ve been preaching through Exodus for quite sometime now. In fact, the first sermon in Exodus was on October 18, 2015, almost 4 years ago. It has become one of my favorite books of the Bible. The gospel is on center stage throughout the storyline.
It’s the story of God keeping the promise he made to Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob (in the Book of Genesis). God chose a people, and then God made a covenant with them, and even though centuries had passed, God was faithful to keep the promise he made.
God chose a people, and then God raised up a deliverer and sent him into Egypt to rescue his people. It’s important that you realize that the words, deliverer and rescuer, are synonymous here with the word, savior. That’s right. God raised up a savior, and God sent him to save his people. You can already see the gospel in Exodus, right? Why must God’s people be saved? Because they were in bondage. God’s people were slaves.
The New Testament authors grab a hold of the same idea. Sinners are presented in the New Testament as being in chains and in bondage to sin, slaves to sin even. If you have ever dealt with any level of addiction, you know the reality of the chains the New Testament speaks of.
In Exodus 12 the gospel becomes even more explicit. After a series of judgments on the Egyptians, God brings one final judgment, the death of the firstborn. However, it’s crucial to realize that God’s people were not exempt from this judgment. According to the Bible, the Lord would pass over Egypt, even Goshen (the little slice of Egypt the Israelites lived in), and he would take the life of ever single first born male, in every home and in every flock. It was a very dark and dreadful night in human history, but God provided salvation for his people. He did not remove the judgment, but he provided a substitute to take the place of the firstborn male of every Israelite home. God instructed the people to take a lamb into their home, to kill it and apply its blood to the doorposts of their home. The blood would serve as a sign that judgment had already occurred in that home, and the Lord would then pass over that home.
That’s the gospel! When the blood of the Lamb of God, Jesus, is applied to souls of those who trust him, there will be a passover of sorts. God certainly does not take away the judgment deserved, but the blood signifies that judgement has already occurred on a substitute. Jesus is the perfect Lamb of God. When Jesus was slaughtered on the cross, he served as a substitute for one who really deserved death.
So what does it mean to trust Christ? When we talk about trusting Jesus, we mean that you trust him to be your substitute. It means that you trust that Jesus took the judgment you deserve. It means that you trust that Jesus’ blood signifies that judgement has already occurred. It means that you trust that God’s judgment will passover you, because the Lamb died in your place. It’s the same level of trust that each Israelite home had to have in Exodus 12 as they were painting the blood around the doors of their homes. They were trusting in that act that their oldest son might not die that night, and so deliver them from their bondage.
Do you trust Jesus? Do you really trust Jesus? Do you trust that his blood will sufficiently appease the wrath of God you deserve? Do you trust that Jesus has set you free from sin?
Watch Seth’s sermon from Exodus here (43:00):