Jesus Painted His Blood on the Doorposts of Our Lives

Freedom from tyranny. Freedom from slavery – slavery to others and slavery to sin. Freedom from the evil of idolatry. Freedom to worship God. Freedom to be called God’s chosen people.

Freedom bought with blood. Passover.

A picture of Jesus.

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6 Steps to a Joyful House of Prayer

Money. Taxes. Noise. Busy days. A challenge today. A challenge in Jesus’ day.

Each year, men paid an annual temple tax equal to two days’ wages. The tax could only be paid with temple currency. In the outer courts of the temple, money-changers exchanged everyday money for the temple currency. They charged high fees.

Merchants also sold approved sacrificial animals at inflated prices.

Baahing sheep. Cooing pigeons. Talking merchants. Unceasing commotion.

The outer courts of the temple were the only areas that the Gentiles could worship and pray. The outer courts where the animals were. The outer courts where the money exchanging was taking place.

Imagine worshipping and praying in the hub-bub of a farmer’s market.

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Hosanna!

Passover was coming. Jews were walking up to Jerusalem by the thousands. Josephus estimates that Passover brought close to 2.7 million Jews to Jerusalem, requiring about 250,000 lambs for sacrifices.

One sacrifice that year would change the world. THE Perfect Sacrifice would be offered that Passover.

Rejoice greatly, O daughter of Zion!
Shout aloud, O daughter of Jerusalem!
Behold, your king is coming to you;
righteous and having salvation is he,
humble and mounted on a donkey,
on a colt, the foal of a donkey.
I will cut off the chariot from Ephraim
and the war horse from Jerusalem;
and the battle bow shall be cut off,
and he shall speak peace to the nations;
his rule shall be from sea to sea,
and from the River to the ends of the earth.” Zechariah 9:9-10

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From Unholy to Holy

Jesus is the Holy One of God, and He calls His followers His friends, Luke 4:34, John 15:14.

Jesus takes the unholy and makes it holy. Jesus takes His followers, His friends, and cleanses them, making them righteous, justified, and holy.

The friend of the Holy One of God rests in Him.

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