Jesus Took Our Place
Jon: Like Bradon and I, you have probably done something in the past that was wrong and were desperate to find a way out of the bad situation.
Bradon: Coming up on the Bible Story Podcast we are going to tell you a super secret way out.
Jon: You don’t need to whisper it’s not a secret.
Bradon: It’s for dramatic emphasis!
About the Story
Bradon: I am so excited about summer camps this year! I can’t wait! Alright, let’s go over a bit of background information. Now the preview for today’s story was a little suspect. It sounded like we could get out of the consequences of our wrong actions by being sneaky. The truth is, Jesus is willing to take our place. In fact, he took our place already and paid the penalty for our sins.
Jon: We just finished up the series on Moses, and we are going to develop the story around the first Passover and introduce what is known as the Last Passover.
Bradon: The first Passover was a celebration of things to come. God promised to rescue Israel from Egypt. He also promised a final plague on Egypt, the death of first-born males within each Egyptian home and their livestock.
Jon: To celebrate the Passover, each Israelite family chose a lamb or young goat to sacrifice to prepare as a meal. If they were a small family, they could share one with another family in the neighbourhood. They were to take special care of this animal until it was time to slaughter the animal and prepare it for the Passover meal.
Bradon: They were to select a male lamb or young goat that was a year old without defects. They then waited until twilight to slaughter the animal and then smeared the blood on the door frame, which starts to sound bizarre. They were to eat the meal that night, fully dressed and ready to leave Egypt!
Jon: Exodus 12:12-13 gives a good explanation of why they smeared blood on the doorposts. This is God speaking to Moses. “On that night, I will pass through the land of Egypt and strike down every firstborn son and firstborn male animal in the land of Egypt. I will execute judgement against all the gods of Egypt, for I am the Lord! But the blood on your doorposts will serve as a sign, marking the houses where you are staying. When I see the blood, I will pass over you. This plague of death will not touch you when I strike the land of Egypt.”
Yeah, we have to learn that Jesus is our sacrificial lamb. The price has been paid for our sins, and we can live in a growing relationship with God as a result. Jesus took our place, and that is a huge deal!Bradon
Bradon: Yeah, we have to learn that Jesus is our sacrificial lamb. The price has been paid for our sins, and we can live in a growing relationship with God as a result. Jesus took our place, and that is a huge deal!
Jon: Bradon, I am what many of our campers at Covenant Bay Bible Camp would describe as old; truth be told, I am roughly the same age as their parents – 41 years old. Every year I seem to understand a little more, with my heart, this story.
Bradon: You mean the reality of Jesus taking your place hits home and your emotional response is more significant.
Jon: Yeah, I mean, he took my place. On the one hand, I celebrate and am so excited and on the other hand, knowing the price he paid for me brings me to tears.
Bradon: Which says a lot because you are not one to cry normally. I think what you are saying is really important. It’s one thing to understand the concept that Jesus took our place, but it needs to be understood with the heart as much as it does with our minds.