CHRIST OUR PASSOVER LAMB [II]
Living Bread Nugget 1122 [Exodus 12:1-14; 1 Corinthians 5:7-8]
Before the events of the Passover, there were nine other plagues which turned out to be warning plagues. The tenth plague was a final judgment plague and the Passover was the only way to escape it. The tenth Plague was pronounced in [Ex 11 v 1, 4-7].
1And the LORD said unto Moses, Yet will I bring one plague more upon Pharaoh, and upon Egypt; afterwards he will let you go hence: when he shall let you go, he shall surely thrust you out hence altogether. ……….
The only accepted sacrifice to escape the tenth plague was the blood of a Lamb applied to the doorpost.
Ex 12:5, 7
5Your lamb shall be without blemish, a male of the first year: ye shall take it out from the sheep, or from the goats:
7And they shall take of the blood, and strike it on the two side posts and on the upper door post of the houses, wherein they shall eat it.
Obedience, Freedom Assured and Transformation
After Moses received the instructions in Ex 12:1-14 from God, he went back to the camp and instructed the people accordingly in Ex 12:21-28.
21Then Moses called for all the elders of Israel, and said unto them, Draw out and take you a lamb according to your families, and kill the passover.
22And ye shall take a bunch of hyssop, and dip it in the blood that is in the bason, and strike the lintel and the two side posts with the blood that is in the bason; and none of you shall go out at the door of his house until the morning.
23For the LORD will pass through to smite the Egyptians; and when he seeth the blood upon the lintel, and on the two side posts, the LORD will pass over the door, and will not suffer the destroyer to come in unto your houses to smite you. ……………………..
Time of Reckoning and Freedom Celebration
Good Himself supervised the event of the tenth plague by sending his angels to execute His judgment in Ex 12:29.
29And it came to pass, that at midnight the LORD smote all the firstborn in the land of Egypt, from the firstborn of Pharaoh that sat on his throne unto the firstborn of the captive that was in the dungeon; and all the firstborn of cattle.
The celebration that followed only happens once in a lifetime. It was celebration galore in the camp of the Israelites and woe and destruction in the land of Egypt [Ex 12: 30-51]
Lessons for the Christian of the Passover
There are important correlation between the Passover of Exodus 12 and the New Testament Passover. The Passover became an annual memorial and in Matthew 26 Jesus and his disciples partook of the Passover for the last time before he himself offered himself as a better and perfect sacrifice pleasing to God. Therefore the Old Testament Passover was a typology of the New Testament’s.
Jesus Christ the Perfect Lamb
Let us remember that the accepted sacrifice of the Passover was a lamb. Jesus was that Lamb and it had to be from God himself to be accepted as the perfect sacrifice. The sacrifice of Christ was also typified even before the Passover in the life of the first Patriarch, Abraham. When God tempted Abraham to go and offer his son Isaac, Abraham obeyed wholeheartedly and on the way when his son seeing the wood and the fire, asked his father where the lamb for the sacrifice was, Abraham’s reply speaking figuratively to his son Isaac, was that God himself will provide a lamb. God commended Abraham for his obedience and seeing that there was a man willing to obey completely, provided an animal lamb instead for the sacrifice [Gen 22:1-14]. Two verses stand out in comparing the Passover with the sacrifice of Christ.
Ex 12:5 Your lamb shall be without blemish, a male of the first year: ye shall take it out from the sheep, or from the goats:
John 1: 29 The next day John seeth Jesus coming unto him, and saith, Behold the Lamb of God, which taketh away the sin of the world.
So we see that Jesus is that perfect sacrifice for our sins and he made a way to God creating an opportunity for everyone to be reconciled with his Maker. This is further explained in [Heb 9: 11-14]
11But Christ being come an high priest of good things to come, by a greater and more perfect tabernacle, not made with hands, that is to say, not of this building;
12Neither by the blood of goats and calves, but by his own blood he entered in once into the holy place, having obtained eternal redemption for us.
13For if the blood of bulls and of goats, and the ashes of an heifer sprinkling the unclean, sanctifieth to the purifying of the flesh:
14How much more shall the blood of Christ, who through the eternal Spirit offered himself without spot to God, purge your conscience from dead works to serve the living God?
Prayer of Faith
Lord thank you for providing a better and perfect way to come to you by the blood of Jesus. I come today to you; let your blood avail for me in Jesus Name. Quicken me. Mark the doorpost of my heart with your precious blood. Thank you because I am passed from death to life by the blood of Jesus. Henceforth my life will be a continual good sacrifice to God by my obedience in thought, word and action in Jesus Name. Amen.