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realities which nothing can shake. Sorrow cannot quench it. "Sorrowful, yet always
rejoicing" is one of the paradoxes of the Christian life (II Cor. 6: 10).
The story of the Passover teaches the great truth that salvation is God's work
altogether. A sinner cannot save himself or anyone else. God alone can be the Saviour
of sinners. Passover also teaches that a sinner can only be saved as he is and where he is
in his guilt and ruin. If a sinner could not be saved in his sins, salvation would be
impossible. God alone can take him out of the horrible pit and out of the miry clay and
set his feet upon a rock and establish his goings, and put a new song in his mouth
Not only was Israel delivered from the slavery of Egypt, but also from its doom.
Redemption by blood was followed by redemption by power. They were brought out by
"a strong hand and a mighty arm" which symbolized the almighty power of God, and
their deliverance was not complete until they stood on the wilderness side of the sea and
saw all their enemies dead upon the shore. The slavery was then at an end. Their praise
was full and heart-felt. "I will sing unto the Lord, for He hath triumphed gloriously; the
horse and his rider hath He thrown into the sea" (Exod. 15: 1).
But all this does not exhaust the fullness of redemption. Christ not only saves us from
the penalty of sin which is bondage and death, but His salvation puts us in the position in
which we can approach a thrice holy God. Forgiveness of sins could give neither title nor
fitness to draw near to Him. Redemption is more than forgiveness. As we shall see, the
Lord Jesus Christ, through the offering of Himself, satisfies the sinner's need in all its
variety and depth.