Exo 12:1-4 “Now the Lord spoke to Moses and Aaron in the land of Egypt, saying, 2 ‘This month shall be your beginning of months; it shall be the first month of the year to you. 3 Speak to all the congregation of Israel, saying: ‘On the tenth of this month every man shall take for himself a lamb, according to the house of his father, a lamb for a household. 4 And if the household is too small for the lamb, let him and his neighbor next to his house take it according to the number of the persons; according to each man’s need you shall make your count for the lamb.’”
When I was little, we would go to amusement parks and I was a daredevil. Sometimes, I was told I was too little to ride certain rides or play certain games or to carry certain things.
When you were a child, what did you want to do that you were too small for? As an adult, what are you facing today that is too big for you?
Even as an adult, there are situations and circumstances that you’re too small for, that you can’t handle. When it comes to those kinds of things, because we have God, He is big enough for everything. He is able.
If you feel adequate, that is not a good thing. Recognizing that you’re too small is an open door for God to work.
Gideon was approached by an angel, ‘Gideon, thou mighty man of valor.’ He thought of himself as the least. Because he felt inadequate, God was able to use him to do great things for Israel.
We can’t get ourselves to heaven. We must depend on God to take our sins and get us to heaven.
When Israel was in drought and Egypt in famine, God spoke through Moses, ‘Let my people go.’
When God removed the locusts, none were left in the land. When God caused darkness to cover the land, Israel had light.
Why did God do all those mighty miracles? What was His purpose in that?
There is a true Passover Lamb—Jesus.
In Genesis, the prophecy says that the seed of the woman will crush the head of the serpent. Abraham when he was asked to sacrifice his son, Isaac, a ram was given in his place. God provided Himself a sacrifice.
John 1:29 “The next day John saw Jesus coming toward him, and said, ‘Behold! The Lamb of God who takes away the sin of the world!’”
Jesus was without sin. There was unleavened bread used in the Passover was pierced and striped, holes in it and cooked on a grill—striped. Jesus was pierced for our sins. He was beaten and His back striped. Jesus had to die in order for us to have eternal life.
When Jesus comes into our lives through repentance, baptism in His name, and filled with His Holy Spirit, He is our Passover Lamb.
Who is Jesus to you? What part does He have in your life?
‘If the house is not big enough for the lamb, invite your neighbors to share in that lamb.’ Others need to partake in the Lamb.
Jesus is too big for just one. He is for everyone.
I can’t forgive you for a wrong you did to another person. Only that person can forgive the wrong you did to them. Only God can forgive the sin that was done to Him.
We serve a great and awesome God.
He is the Lamb, the Shepherd, the door to the sheepfold.
Although Jesus died for all, only those who come to Him can receive that forgiveness. If you don’t partake of the Lamb, you can’t be saved. Jesus died for everyone, but not everyone wants what He has to offer. He is big enough to take away all of their sin. He’s not too small to take care of your situation or your sin. He is big enough for the whole world. This Lamb has to be shared with everyone.
What holds people back from receiving forgiveness and hope that Jesus offers? What holds you back from following Him fully all the time?
If everyone is our neighbor, we need to share the Lamb with our neighbor. The world needs to experience and partake of the Lamb.
Is Jesus just enough to take care of you? Or do you see Him as a Lamb that’s bigger than your house? Is He big enough for all for all of Chicago? There is no one too bad, that He isn’t bigger than.
God doesn’t just save you and then take you. It’s bigger than just you. He saves you for everyone that you come into contact with. He will get glory through you and your mistakes. He loves you and everyone else that much.
God had a plan—the Lamb.
Jesus was born in a manger, born in a stable and placed in a manger. He lived 33 years, died on a cross, and rose again. That is the Lamb given for you and me.
The number 1 reason people don’t become Christians is because no one ever asked.
78% of all non-churched people would come to a church service if a friend asked.
What holds you back from talking about Jesus to the people around you? Will you overcome that and invite them to ‘Come and see’?
It’s not about me, it’s about Jesus and everybody else. If you knew the cure for cancer, wouldn’t you share that? The disease of sin is much worse than cancer. Jesus is the answer.
“Under the shadow of our steeple, With all the lost and lonely people, Searching for the hope that's tucked away in you and me, Does anybody hear her? Can anybody see?” —Mark Hall, lead singer for Casting Crowns
This Bible Study excerpted from a sermon preached by Pastor Mark Blackburn.
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