The Greatest Story Ever Told
They sat opposite each other at the dinner table with a topic hanging between them in the air: two different people with very different personalities, two different life journeys. One was male and one female. One was from the big city and one from a small town. One was trying to explain the larger story and one was on the brink of a life-changing experience. I sat off to the side, watching the scene unfold, waiting to see the Holy Spirit leave His mark.
Then it happened. He told her that the blood of the lamb that saved God’s people from death during the Passover foreshadowed the blood of Jesus saving us from death today.
In Exodus Moses led the children of Israel out of Egypt after the final plague, the death of the first born. The people were to kill a lamb and paint their doorpost with its blood to protect them from death. God said, “On that same night I will pass through Egypt and strike down every firstborn—both men and animals—and I will bring judgment on all the gods of Egypt. 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
Then in Matthew 26, the night before Jesus was crucified, He celebrated the Passover with His disciples for the last time. He took the cup, gave thanks, and offered it to them saying, “Drink from it, all of you. This is my blood of the covenant, which is poured out for many for the forgiveness of sins.” ~ Matthew 26:27-28
God said to the children of Israel, “When I see the blood, I will pass over you” and He says to us today, “When I see the blood of Jesus, I will pass over you.”
The topic no longer hung between the two people at the table. The connection was made and the woman’s eyes were opened to a God who was bigger and more loving that we could ever hope or imagine. She saw a God so full of love that He set His plan in motion centuries before it was fulfilled. His love is everlasting. It endures through all generations. The Holy Spirit gave her a new glimpse of this unfathomable love in a way she had not known before, and then placed her in the story as the recipient of that love. The power of revelation in the air.
And she wept.
It happens that way when the literature of God comes alive. It leaves its mark on you, and you are never, ever the same.
I am blessed when I witness experiences like this first hand. Our God is a glorious God who loves us more than we could ever understand. Look for Him in your life. Open yourself up to the wonder, and ask Him to reveal Himself to you. His story is the greatest story ever told, and you are a part of it.
The only question is, what part will you play?