By Dr Edward Tamale -Sali
Exodus 12:13-14: “And the blood shall be to you for a token upon the houses where ye are: and when I see the blood, I will pass over you, and the plague shall not be upon you to destroy you, when I smite the land of Egypt.
“And this day shall be unto you for a memorial; and ye shall keep it a feast to the Lord throughout your generations; ye shall keep it a feast by an ordinance forever.”
The Easter story is the story of human redemption by the blood Jesus Christ, Son of the living God.
To remind those who have forgotten why the entire world is celebrating Easter, the story is:
The children of Israel were captives and slaves in the land of Egypt for about 430 years. Like many today are captives to sin and the demonic world. They were mistreated and oppressed by the Egyptians. Just as the world today has harassed humanity with oppression and depression.
God answered their prayers through His servant Moses, who was to lead them out of Egypt. He informed King Pharaoh to let them go, for it was the will of God but Pharaoh adamantly refused.
After a series of plagues were cast upon Egypt due to Pharaoh’s disobedience, the final blow was the slaughter of the firstborns.
God requested all the children of Israel to apply blood of the slain lambs to the door posts of their homes before He could send calamity to destroy all the firstborns of all families of Egyptians.
Those who obeyed and had smeared blood of the lamb were saved. All the firstborns of the Egyptians were slain.
This is what we call the Passover or Easter. The lambs, which were slain in order to get blood symbolise the blood of Jesus which He shed about 2000 years ago for all human beings.
Both Israelites and Egyptians had to believe and apply the blood of the sacrificial lamb upon their doorposts to save their firstborns from death. Those who believed were saved, while those who doubted perished. Likewise today, “those who believe in Jesus Christ will not perish but have everlasting life” (John 3:16-17).
The word of God further says: “He that has the Son of God, has life and he that has not the Son has no life. And we know that the Son of God is come, and hath given us an understanding, that we may know Him that is true, and we are in Him that is true, even in His Son Jesus Christ” (1John 5:20).
This is the meaning of Easter and its message.
I challenge you to believe in Jesus and be saved this Easter. Amen