Jesus sets you free from your fears
By Rick Warren
— April 20, 2011
“I am the Lord. The blood will be a sign for you on the houses where you are; and when I see the blood, I will pass over you. No destructive plague will touch you when I strike Egypt.” Exodus 12:12-13 (NIV)
"Easter celebrates the truth that God gave his first-born son to save us. Just like the angel passed over those households, God says you can crossover from death to life."
There is a second cup in the Passover meal called the cup of plagues. And it is a reminder from God that he will free us from slavery to our fears.
Do you remember the story of how the people of Israel were set free? Moses is tending sheep out on the backside of the desert and God comes to him, saying, “You are going to set my people free.”
But when he goes to Pharaoh, Pharaoh says, “No way! They are too important to my economy; they are too important to my power in the world. I won’t set them free.” So God says, “I'm going to bring judgments against Pharaoh, and he will set my people free.”
God sends ten plagues across Egypt, such as the Nile River turning to blood, a swarm of frogs, the death of livestock, festering boils, darkness, even during the day, and, finally, the death of the first born. Things we all might fear.
But God told the people of Israel: “I don't want the death of the first born to occur in your households. If you'll put your faith in me, if you'll trust in me in this way, my death angel will pass over your house when it comes into Egypt. Take a lamb and kill it, then put the blood of the lamb on the door of your house and I will pass over your house.”
The Passover meal celebrates the truth that God saved the first-born sons of Israel. Easter celebrates the truth that God gave his first-born son to save us. Just like the angel passed over those households, God says you can crossover from death to life.
The Bible says, “I tell you the truth, whoever hears my word and believes him who sent me has eternal life and will not be condemned; he has crossed over from death to life.” (John 5:24 NIV)
Jesus says you may die physically, but you'll never be separated from me, and you will live with me in eternity. A lot of people they live in fear of God. They feel like God's out to get them somehow and, if you feel that way, here is a verse to remember: “There is no fear in love. But perfect love drives out fear, because fear has to do with punishment.” (1 John 4:18 NIV)
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