Jesus was Sinless and the Virgin Birth | Devotion #3: 1 Peter 2:22
Caleb Combs | Gathering Pastor
Jesus was a lamb without spot, a perfect sacrifice. In the book of Exodus, you find the children of Israel enslaved by the Egyptians. They were in a place and an experience that God had never designed for His people. Ultimately, God planned to get His people to turn back to Him, trust Him, and He would lead them to the Promised Land. The Bible tells us in Exodus 1 that He heard the cries of His people.
God used a man named Moses to lead His people back to Him. Now it would not be an easy or uneventful Exodus because the Egyptians needed the Israelites. God told Moses to go in front of Pharaoh and tell him he would inflict ten plagues on the land. It included removing their water source, bugs, and boils, to fiery hail and darkness. God was trying to get their attention. However, it was not until the tenth and final plague that Pharaoh released the Israelites. The tenth plague was called the Passover. God instructed Moses in Exodus chapter 12, that an angel would come over the land and kill the firstborn of every family. The only way the angel would pass over a home is if the blood of a lamb or goat was spread across the doorway of the home. The Bible describes the lamb needed in Exodus 12:5, “Your lamb shall be without blemish, a male a year old. You may take it from the sheep or from the goats.”
Why would the lamb need to be without blemish? One opinion is that God deserves and requires our best and if we decide we do not want to give Him our best, we are relying on our self. Another concept is summarized in a quote by Gerald Bray, “If the lamb were less than perfect, someone might say it was being sacrificed because of its defects, but that is not true. It was not the lamb that was the problem but for those whom the lamb was dying.”
We see the need for a lamb’s blood for protection for the Israelites during the Passover and is a perfect picture for our lives. The Perfect Lamb (Jesus) was slain, and His blood was the covering of our sin. It is not on our merit or status that we are saved, but by the blood of the Perfect Lamb. The lamb was not the problem and would not be needed except for what is said in Hebrews 9:22, “Indeed, under the law almost everything is purified with blood, and without the shedding of blood there is no forgiveness of sins.” Jesus was the perfect sacrifice needed to cover our faults and failures, and He willingly stepped in on our behalf. 1 Peter 2:22 says, “He committed no sin, neither was deceit found in his mouth.”