Passed over……..for a promotion, for the team, for fill in the blank thing in this world. Being passed over is never fun and rarely a positive thing. Being passed over leaves you feeling short on value and absent of purpose. But there is one instant where being passed over is the best thing that could have happened to you.
There in the garden Adam takes the bite. In that instance God’s perfect creation tainted by sin and its ugly consequence, death. That sin and its unavoidable consequence was passed on generation by generation, leaving each person separated from God and their sin like filthy rags in the eyes of God.
God’s people, encapsulated in slavery to the Egyptian Pharaoh, found themselves in reach of freedom. Each plague pushed Pharaoh closer to letting God’s people go free. But God continued to allow Pharaohs heart to be hardened and Pharaoh failed to release God’s people. This meant there would be one final plague, the gravest of all the plagues. The angel of death would kill the firstborn of each family across Egypt.
God instructed His people to take their finest lamb, unblemished, and sacrifice it. The blood of the perfect lamb would then be spread over the wooden door post. This would serve as a shield, a protector, a sign to the angel of death to pass over that home. When morning came, the cries of the mothers in Egypt could be heard for miles. The Israelites had been passed over, and they were so incredibly thankful to God for His grace.
Today we can celebrate the same wonderful gift of being passed over. We are born enslaved in sin and dead in our trespasses. It is because of the sacrifice of the Perfect Lamb on the wooden cross that we can be set free! Jesus is the shield, the protector, and a sign to God that we are righteous, not in our actions but in the final act of Jesus on the cross! It is finished!
There will be things in this world that pass us over and pass us by, but the greatest gift of all was the gift of being passed over! The things of this world will grow strangely dim, in the light of His glory and grace!