By Grace Alone 4

Should you name your food? Normally that’s a bad idea… but that’s exactly what some families did in the Old Testament.  The concept was simple.  The lamb didn’t deserve to die, but we do.  It was a reminder that sin is serious.  The soul that sins is the one that will die.  The Passover taught God’s people that there will be someone who would die in their place.  That is who every slaughtered lamb pointed to, the Messiah.  We know now looking back that all of God’s Old Testament promises pointed ahead to Jesus, the Son of God and Savior of the world.

There is more to Good Friday than just the Passover, but the payment of Jesus is the most important part.  All too often we try and sneak in our works, our good deeds.  It is as if we are trying to tell Jesus that he hasn’t suffered enough; we need to help.  The problem with us bringing our “good” deeds into the spiritual equation is that 1) they aren’t good and 2) we’ll mess it up.  The prophet Isaiah reminds us that all of our righteous acts are like filthy rags.  The very best that we have to offer our God is disgusting.  The second problem is that God doesn’t demand pretty good.  He doesn’t demand that we try harder.  He demands perfection.  If we cannot be  – not achieve perfection – be perfect, then we will be condemned.  Thanks be to God he gives us the victory through our Lord Jesus Christ!

Please click HERE to watch the first couple minutes of the movie – My Son, My Savior.

Please click HERE to find the Bible class slides.