…Christ, our Passover Lamb, has been sacrificed for us.
1 Corinthians 5:7 (NLT)
Passover begins this Saturday at sunset. There are many elements within the Passover feast that point us to Jesus’ glorious work of redemption. The instructions that God gave to Israel on the night He redeemed them from the bondage of Egypt, had a far greater meaning in His eternal plan. This eternal plan included the death of His own Son, whose blood would be shed upon the cross to redeem us from our sins.
The redemptive work of Jesus is portrayed in the lamb of Passover. The requirements for the offering of the lamb are recorded in the twelfth chapter of Exodus.
The Passover could not have taken place for the Jewish people in Egypt without the taking of a lamb from the flock to be sacrificed.
Jesus was the Lamb of God, sacrificed for us.
The next day John saw Jesus
coming toward him, and said, "Behold! The Lamb of God who takes away the
sin of the world!”
John 1:29 (NKJV)
The Passover lamb that was chosen had to be without blemish.
Jesus was without the blemish of sin.
Knowing that you were not redeemed with corruptible things, like silver or gold, from your aimless conduct received by tradition from your fathers, but with the precious blood of Christ, as of a lamb without blemish and without spot.
1 Peter 1:18-19 (NKJV)
The Passover lamb was identified as the lamb of redemption.
Jesus is our redeemer.
He has delivered us from the
power of darkness and conveyed us into the kingdom of the Son of His love,
in whom we have redemption through His blood, the forgiveness of sins.
Colossians 1:13-14 (NKJV)
The Passover lamb was to be slain.
Jesus was slain upon the cross.
…"Worthy is the Lamb who was slain
To receive power and riches and wisdom,
strength and honor and glory and blessing!"
Revelation 5:12 (NKJV)
The Passover lamb’s blood had to be shed and applied to the door posts and lintel of each home to be saved from the judgment of death.
Jesus’ shed blood provides salvation when applied (appropriated) by faith to our hearts.
God demonstrates His own love
toward us, in that while we were still sinners, Christ died for us. Much more
then, having now been justified by His blood, we shall be saved from wrath
Romans 5:8-9 (NKJV)
The Passover lamb was to be brought into the home, prepared, and partaken of by each family member.
Jesus must be received into the heart (partaken of) through faith by all who desire to become God’s children.
But as many as received Him,
to them He gave the right to become children of God, to those who believe in His
John 1:12 (NKJV)
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