The Pilgrims’ Guidebook: Redemption

I Peter 1:18-21

Peter has a lot more to say about redemption.

Jesus was our sin offering, dying in our place to take the punishment for our sins. He fulfilled all the criteria for being that sin offering; for He was “a lamb without blemish or defect” (verse 19) – free from all moral defilement (I John 3:5).

But He also died at Passover time, in order to be our Passover lamb. Just as the Israelites were redeemed from slavery in Egypt, each household by the blood of a lamb, so we have been redeemed from slavery to sin by the blood of Jesus. Nothing in this world would have been sufficient for this redemption (Psalm 49:7-9). But God wanted us back so much that He was prepared to give up his own Son!

The original Passover was just a beginning; it was immediately followed by the festival of Unleavened Bread. And just as the Israelites left Egypt for ever that Passover night to begin a new life of freedom, so we must abandon our pre-Christian lifestyle and set out on a new life with God (I Corinthians 5:7,8).

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