“Then Moses called for all the elders of Israel and said to them, “Pick out and take lambs for yourselves according to your families, and kill the Passover lamb. And you shall take a bunch of hyssop, dip it in the blood that is in the basin, and strike the lintel and the two doorposts with the blood that is in the basin. And none of you shall go out of the door of his house until morning.” “For the LORD will pass through to strike the Egyptians; and when He sees the blood on the lintel and on the two doorposts, the LORD will pass over the door and not allow the destroyer to come into your houses to strike you.”
Exodus 12:21-23 NKJV
Saved from destruction
Salvation in Jesus is a glorious thing! I have peace where there used to be strife and anxiety. There is the hope of change in areas where I previously felt bound. There is light in the darkness. I could go on and on extolling the virtues of salvation in Jesus Christ.
One thing we believers dwell little on is the fact that we are delivered from the destruction to come. For the unbeliever, eternal death awaits. Eternity in hell.
When I accepted Jesus as my savior, it was as if the lintels of my eternal soul were marked with the blood of the Lamb. I am passed over by the eternal consequence of sin. My eternal home is in Heaven when this mortal body finally gives out. I have great joy in that knowledge and I enthusiastically seek to share that prospective future with others.
Hell is real and it is eternal. It won’t be a party. May I use every breath to share such a great salvation in Jesus.
Yes, my salvation is keeping me from hell. That is great, no, wonderful! My eventual outcome is settled. What brings me even more comfort is that my salvation also affects my life in the here and now. Other than simply having “fire insurance” , I have a new life where I am free from the real time consequences of sin.
Before coming to Christ, I was a slave to sin. I couldn’t help but do the wrong thing. My moral conscience was corrupted, easily swayed by rationalization. My standard was my flesh and whatever pleasure my sin would bring.
After Jesus my desires began to change and the things that delighted me in the past began to fade. I can say that the old temptations are still there, but there is little delight in succumbing to my fleshly desires. There is only conviction and boredom. The greatest truth is that I don’t have to sin. The Holy Spirit gives me the power to resist.
The children of Israel were saved from the destruction that would come upon the Egyptians if they obeyed. If they failed to place the blood, the destroyer would come into their homes the same as any other. There is a lesson in that.
There are so many who profess to believe, but do not obey. The blood has not touched their lintels. In the christian sense, they have not responded to the conviction of the Holy Spirit and sought forgiveness. There is no conversion, no present fruit, and they are indistinguishable from everyone else. Into their houses the destroyer will come and destruction will follow.
I mourn from the prayer chair when I behold the carnage. I see a family blown apart as the destroyer enters. Satan has set his sights on believers. He has narrowed that focus on the church. Very few pastors talk about sin, fewer preach the Bible and fewer still emphasis salvation and discipleship. As a result, many homes are Bible free zones where there many soft targets.
Time to take up the brush and spread some blood. The destroyer is coming.