The Great Raid

This week’s Pastor to Person was written by Pastor Caleb Beller.

[Exo 12:41 NIV] 41 At the end of the 430 years, to the very day, all the LORD’s divisions left Egypt.

In January 1945, the US Army carried out one of the most daring – and most successful – rescue missions in the history of warfare. The rescue mission grew out of the Battle of Bataan, a huge military defeat for the Americans and their allies. The Imperial Japanese Army took tens of thousands of prisoners. They made them march huge distances in unbearable conditions in what became known as the Bataan Death March. By the beginning of 1945, around 500 men were still being held here in unspeakable conditions. The American High Command was determined to get the men out, however difficult that might be. On January 30, they were given the green light. An estimated 500 Japanese soldiers were killed in a brief but intense firefight. Just four Americans died. All but two of the prisoners were safely escorted back across American lines to safety.

In Genesis 15:13-14, God tells Abraham that for 400 years they will be will captives in a foreign land, but He will bring them back. Now 400 years later God delivers on His promise.

[Exo 12:28] The Israelites did just what the LORD commanded Moses and Aaron. The story of Passover culminates in the rescue of God’s people from slavery. The story climaxes in the Israelites placing the lamb’s blood on the doors of their homes so that judgment will “Pass-over” them. God fulfilled His promise to rescue His people from slavery, and by faith the people were saved through the blood of a lamb.

Just like in Exodus, Jesus has come to our rescue, but we too must do our part. We must place the lambs blood over the door of our hearts and by faith follow Jesus out of slavery and into the promise land!