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When outlining to the Israelites God’s provision for their deliverance from Egypt, Moses told them they were to apply the blood of the Passover lamb to the side posts and lintel of the doors of their houses.  This would be their protection when the Destroyer went through the land of Egypt slaying every firstborn of man and beast.

This event is the basis upon which Christians claim their salvation by the blood of Christ, whom the apostle Paul calls “our Passover” (1 Cor. 5:7).  In the New Testament, much emphasis is placed on the blood of Christ by which we are saved, and rightly so.

John calls us to give all glory “to Him that loved us, and washed us from our sins in His own blood” (Rev. 1:5).

Peter reminds us that we were not redeemed with corruptible things like gold or silver from our futile way of life, “but with the precious blood of Christ, as of a lamb without blemish and without spot” (1 Pt. 1:19).

Paul also emphasizes the redemption that is ours through Christ, “in whom we have redemption through his blood, the forgiveness of sins, according to the riches of his grace” Eph. 1:7).  Paul surely has the Passover in mind when he teaches that, “much more then, being justified by His blood we shall be saved from wrath through Him” (Rom.5:9).

But important as this is, let us remember that in addition to this application of the blood to the doorposts of their houses, Moses gave two other injunctions which the people were to keep. (See Exodus Ch. 12).

They were to keep a feast of unleavened bread seven days.

And the same night in which they applied the blood of the Passover lamb to their doorposts with hyssop, they were to remain in their houses and eat that same lamb.

What is more, they were told there were to be no leftovers.  If any of the lamb remained till the next morning, they were to burn it.

All these aspects of the Passover are significant; not one can be neglected.  I say significant—meaning they were signs pointing to a greater reality.  The blood we have already touched on.  The unleavened bread speaks of a walk “in sincerity and truth,” as Paul explains (1 Cor. 5:8).  We must be genuine; we must walk the talk, or we do despite to the blood of Christ and the Spirit of grace (Heb. 10:29).

And we must partake of this Lamb.  Applying the blood does not stand alone and will not produce a working salvation in the person who is not also taking up the cross and sharing this Lamb’s sufferings.  Those who think they have been saved by the blood of the Lamb, but who then give themselves to life in this world and evade His sufferings… they are deceiving themselves.

The Passover lamb was to be roasted in fire and thus eaten; it could not be eaten raw, or boiled in water.  It had to be touched by fire, “his head with his legs, and with the purtenance (the innards) thereof” (Ex. 12:9).  That is to say, both inside and out, this lamb had to go into the fire.  And the Israelites were to partake of this lamb.

So with us.  This must become our own diet, too.  The fires of the Cross must become our own Christian experience—inside and out.

And we must see this for what it is—the highest of privileges.

For unto you it is given in the behalf of Christ, not only to believe on him, but also to suffer for his sake (Phil. 1:29).

The word given here has the thought of a gracious privilege.  We aren’t seeing right when we view the cross in our lives as an unwanted burden, and take it up reluctantly, with heavy heart.  We must, as it were, cultivate a taste for Lamb.

We must partake of the Lamb.  And we must do so today… or should I say tonight—that is, during this time of darkness our world is now enshrouded in.  Christians the world over are suffering with the Lamb of God in this night… and are longing for morning.

That morning is nigh at hand.  The night is far spent, the day is at hand.

What about you and me?  For, when that day dawns… when morning comes, resurrection morning… it will be too late to share in Christ’s sufferings anymore.  Too late.

And those who have not suffered with the Lamb of God will have wasted their lives in this world.

Are You Receiving A Spiritual Education?

Let me ask a probing question.  Are you and I receiving a spiritual education?  Are you and I, spiritually speaking, becoming educated persons?  Here’s how we can tell.

When John the Baptist came on the scene, many came to him to be baptized in Jordan.   Some of these became his close disciples.  For we read that John had disciples.  Now, what is the single-most thing John taught his disciples?  I should rather say, what was it about himself that John the Baptist passed along to those who were his disciples?

It is this.  John the Baptist lived, breathed, ate, slept, walked, talked… One Thing alone—to see the Christ of God, and join others to Him.

And there came a day when John looked up from his baptizing in Jordan, and saw Him coming to him.

The next day John seeth Jesus coming unto him, and saith, Behold the Lamb of God, which taketh away the sin of the world. This is He of whom I said, After me cometh a Man which is preferred before me, for He was before me (John 1.29,30).

John sums up his whole ministry now.

And I knew Him not: but that He should be made manifest to Israel, therefore am I come baptizing in water.

This was the whole purpose of his baptism—to prepare the hearts of the people for a Manifestation that was at the door, a shining forth of this One who was to come.  It was a manifestation so radical, so “outside the box,” that, apart from John’s baptism, they would miss it!

John, as we read the passages of Scripture that speak of him… we touch a man with a deep, deep love in his heart.  It is this, really, that he passed on to his disciples–his love for the Bridegroom.  His one great desire was to see all those he was baptizing joined to the Bridegroom.  In fact he called himself “the friend of the Bridegroom,” that is, one of the Bridegroom’s attendants.

But the friend of the Bridegroom, which standeth and heareth Him, rejoiceth greatly because of the Bridegroom’s Voice: this my joy therefore is fulfilled. He must increase, but I must decrease” (John 3.29-30).

What self-effacing humility in this great man—whom Jesus later proclaimed to be the greatest “among them that are born of women” (Mt. 11.11).  John had no interest in joining the people to himself.  Yes, he was a rabbi in Israel—a guide, a leader, a teacher—his disciples called him, “Rabbi” (John 3.26).  But his one concern was to see the people joined to the One who was coming after him.

And so, what a day it was for John when this One came to him to baptized in Jordan by him!  He had accomplished his ministry.

This my joy is therefore fulfilled.

Again the next day as John was standing by the Jordan with two of his disciples, he lifted up his eyes and again saw Jesus walking along.  As John watched Jesus, his eyes riveted on Him as he walked along, he said, “Behold the Lamb of God.”

The two disciples, whatever they were doing, heard their teacher speaking.

And they followed Jesus.

They left their beloved teacher, and began to follow this One.  For this is what their beloved teacher had taught them—and he rejoiced when it began to happen.

Now comes the verse by which you and I can gauge the state of our spiritual education.

Then Jesus turned, and saw them following, and saith unto them, What seek ye? (Jn. 1.37).

Notice that—and I wonder if it wasn’t a test question.  Jesus was asking, more or less, “What do you want?  What is it you are after?  What do you want from me?”

No doubt there were many things they could have asked for.  But it was not some thing they wanted from this One… and I love this verse:

They said unto Him, Rabbi (which is to say, being interpreted, Master), where dwellest Thou?

What an answer.  It shows us the kind of education these men had received from John.  It shows us just how well educated, spiritually speaking, these men were.

Rabbi, where dwellest Thou?

What a letdown for John, right? His disciples are moving on to a new rabbi. But no, this is the very thing he had taught his disciples to anticipate.

Master is an old English word meaning Teacher.

Teacher… where dwellest Thou?

…You are our Rabbi, our Teacher now… and we just want to be with You… wherever that happens to be. How precious to discover that it is this very thing the new Teacher Himself wanted.

He saith unto them, Come and see.

It is His gracious invitation to those who are asking this question.  “Come and see!  Come and see where I dwell, come and dwell with Me.  Do you want to be with Me?  I want you to be with Me!”

Do you and I have this same passion burning in us?  Is it, at least, being kindled in us, and growing?  I know… the needs in this hour are many, oh, so many, and very great… and some of our longings so deep.  But we come to a certain place, and… all we want, all we really are interested in is…

Teacher, where dwellest Thou?

For, dwelling with Him, is not this The Answer to all our need and all our longings?

Teacher, where dwellest Thou?

In my estimation, those with this question growing in their hearts—this pursuit—are receiving a top-notch spiritual education.

Oh, for teachers like John the Baptist in our day!

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