Now the blood shall be a sign for you on the houses where you are. And when I see the blood, I will pass over you; and the plague shall not be on you to destroy you when I strike the land of Egypt. - Exodus 12v13
To our natural mind blood is not an appealing prospect. Blood is just plain gross. Blood is not something people like to talk about and therefore the concept of shedding blood for religion can be offensive to some. Yet, we are going to see that this is vital for the whole concept of sin and God’s view of it.
Pharaoh had plenty of chances to relent and heed God’s call to release Israel. He rejected it time after time so the time had come for the last and most tragic plague. God promised that every first born son in the land would die as a result of Pharaoh’s sin. To understand this we need to realise that every good thing that every person enjoys is a gift, a privilege, and not a right. No one on the face of the earth deserves a chance, but God graciously gives us that chance because of His love.
God took it a step further and provided an out. Those who would sacrifice a lamb and place its blood on the doorposts of their home would avoid the penalty. When the Lord came by and saw the blood on the doorposts He would pass over the house and not carry out the judgement. ‘When I see the blood I will pass over you.’
God did what He said. The judgement was carried out, but those who trusted His instructions by placing the blood were spared.
The whole world is under a curse today because of sin. We all have to deal with the results of sin every day. God wants us all to be free from that, but sin has a price. The price for sin is death.
And yet God’s love still prevails. He gave His Son as the Passover for man’s sin. Where there is no blood of Christ judgement will follow. Where the blood of Christ has been applied God’s judgement will pass over.
The application of the blood of Christ is a free gift. All that is required is to accept that gift by faith and seek God’s forgiveness for sin. Then His blood will be applied and judgement will indeed pass over.