Week beginning: 30th March, 2014

By Martin Ayers | Preston

A jar full of sour wine stood there, so they put a sponge full of the sour wine on a hyssop branch and held it to his mouth. When Jesus had received the sour wine, he said, 'It is finished,' and he bowed his head and gave up his spirit.

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For these things took place that the Scripture might be fulfilled: "Not one of his bones will be broken."

John 19:29; 36. (ESV)

Easter 1 – Easter and the Passover Lamb

Moments of crisis put the stress of everyday working life into perspective.

Imagine being an Israelite slave in Egypt the day before the Passover. Every day is a grind. But you have heard the fearful news that God's just judgment is coming. Further, God has graciously provided – for all who trust him – a penal substitute. Spread the blood of the lamb on your doorposts with a hyssop branch, and the Lord's judgment will pass over your home.

How does that change the way you think about your work? Your fears that you won't meet the deadlines of your harsh slave-master? Your hopes for promotion that drive you to neglect family and Church to work after hours?

As a hyssop branch is held up to Jesus in his agony on the cross, John challenges us to look at him and remember our own Exodus story. Here is the Passover lamb of God, dying a substitutionary, sin-bearing death.

I don't know what challenges will land on your desk this week. But God's sword of judgment is coming on a sinful world, and for you it fell at Calvary on your Passover Lamb. Your biggest problem has been dealt with.

How will your clients and colleagues notice the different perspective that gives you on working life?

Thank you, Lord and loving heavenly Father, that you gave your only Son to be my Passover Lamb. Help me, in the power of your Spirit, to honour and witness to your glorious grace by viewing my working life through the lenses of your gospel.
Amen