Moses’ Ten Steps to Freedom [Part 1]

Are you ready for some good news?

Jesus is the Lamb of God who takes away the sin of the world.

You’ve read it and heard it hundreds of times. Jesus is the lamb. But in today’s broadcast, we plumb the depths of the metaphor’s significance.

Todays Text: “Your lamb shall be without blemish, a male a year old. You may take it from the sheep or from the goats, 6 and you shall keep it until the fourteenth day of this month, when the whole assembly of the congregation of Israel shall kill their lambs at twilight.” (Exodus 12:5-6)

Because I love to preach God’s grace, people often ask me: “If it’s all about God’s work in Jesus, what’s my part?” Every one wants to know the steps.

You can find a book with ten steps to almost anything. Here are a few I googled: Ten Steps to Self-Esteem. Ten Steps to Mastering Stress. Ten Steps to Successful Teams. Ten Steps to Owning Your Own Trucking. Ten Steps to Being Accepted – An Insiders Guide to Getting Into Medical School.

Evidently, you can do anything if you just know the ten steps. So, today and tomorrow, I’m giving you the ten steps to spiritual freedom as seen in the story of the Passover. I’ll give you five today, five tomorrow.

Step 1) The people had to decide that they hated slavery. They had to decide that they wanted to be free. Most people never make it to this step because this is the step that says: “I need help or else I can’t make it.” Tell God you want to be free.

Step 2) The people had to get a word from God. They needed a revelation about the lamb and the power of the blood. Fix your eyes on God’s Word.

Step 3) They had to get a lamb. The people needed to accept a substitute. Somebody was going to bleed. So they needed an innocent lamb. Say “yes” to Jesus’ sacrifice.

Step 4) They had to make sure the lamb was unblemished. The worshiper didn’t need to be unblemished – the lamb did. Acknowledge that Jesus is the only unblemished One.

Step 5) they had to apply the blood of the lamb. The Hebrews had to take the blood of the lamb and apply it to their own home. It wasn’t their blood. It was the lambs. But the blood had to be applied. Claim the blood of Jesus for your salvation.

We, like the Hebrew people are saved not by our efforts but by the revelation of God and the shed blood of an unblemished lamb. And that’s the Gospel.

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