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the red door

the imagery of a red door is rooted in the story of how God has always redeemed his people. in the book of Exodus in the Bible, God delivered his people from slavery in Egypt early on in their journey as a nation of God followers. deliverance came by the mighty and merciful hand of God coupled with an act of trust on the part of God's people. the evening before their deliverance, they were to sacrifice a lamb, draining the blood into a bowl. taking a hyssop branch that has been dipped into this blood, they were to paint the door frame of the entrance of their homes with it. that night, the Lord passed over the land of Egypt and demanded a sacrifice - either the first born son in every home or the life of a lamb that was substituted for that son's life. the blood was a sign of their faith in God and in the sacrifice of the lamb that God accepted as a worthy substitute.

this event became the single most important annual celebration in the life of the Hebrew - and it became a beautiful backdrop to the story of redemption that unfolded in the final days of Jesus' life on earth. during that "Passover" celebration (as they called it), Jesus became the sacrificial lamb that died on our behalf. when we accept that gift in faith, the blood that was shed from his sacrifice stands as a testimony to God. when he looks at us, he sees the blood and we are saved by the worthy substitution of the innocent one who died in our place to give us freedom and life.

this stands at the center of our story and gives meaning to who we are. the red door is a reminder to us that Jesus gave his life as a sacrifice for ours and through that gift, we are given life to its full on earth and life unending in eternity.

the name Sanctuary comes from the same idea: that during the "passover" in Egypt, every home that was covered by the blood of the sacrifice was a safe place - a holy place - a place where God was dwelling and protecting and delivering.

as we live in faith today, God moves into our homes as well. through his dwelling in our midst, each of our homes becomes a sanctuary - a safe place - a holy place - a place of refuge and deliverance - not only for our own families, but also for the families who live around us. when this happens, our homes become the presence of God in our community, a sanctuary - bringing safety, deliverance and refuge to those who need it most.

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