Christ Our Passover Lamb

 

   “And when I see the blood, I will pass over you, and the plague shall not be upon you to destroy you, when I smite the Land of Egypt – (Ex.12:13). “Now the feast of unleavened bread drew nigh, which is called the Passover. And the chief priests and scribes sought how they might kill him; for they feared the people” – (Luke 22:1,2).

   “Purge out therefore the old leaven, that ye may be a new lump, as ye are unleavened. For even Christ our Passover is sacrificed for us” – (I Cor.5:7).

 

   Out of all the feast days, God in His infinite wisdom chose His Son to die on the cross on the Passover. Not on the Day of Atonement or the feast of tabernacles, but on the day of Passover. It was the day when the Jewish slaves were redeemed and set free from bondage in Egypt. It was the day when the blood of the Passover lamb saved the firstborn Jews from death and when the Egyptian firstborn were killed by God because they didn’t have the blood on their doorposts. The lamb’s blood was redemption. It was life instead of death. Jesus Christ is our Redeemer. He’s our Passover Lamb who was sacrificed on the day of Passover. When we apply the blood of Christ to our hearts by faith we are saved from death. We are saved from physical death by our resurrection unto eternal life and from the second eternal death in the Lake of Fire. “Forasmuch us ye know that ye were not redeemed with corruptible things… But with the precious blood of Christ, as of a lamb without blemish and without spot” – (I Pet.1:18,19).

 

   To make people free from the bondage of their sins – to be our Redeemer – was the primary reason for Christ’s bloody death on the cross as the Passover Lamb of God. When Christ first started preaching in his hometown synagogue in Nazareth, he preached on (Is.61:1) and he said about himself – “To preach deliverance to the captives” – (Luke 4:18). Jesus Christ is the “Redeemer, the Holy One of Israel – (Is.54:5). But not just the Redeemer of the Jews but of the Gentiles also – “For thou wast slain, and host redeemed us to God by thy blood out of every kindred, and tongue, and people, and nation” – (Rev.5:9).

 

   Jesus Christ showed us that He would be the Passover Lamb sacrifice when He was twelve years old. He and his family came to Jerusalem to keep the feast of Passover. (See Luke 2:41-52). Mary and Joseph, returning from the feast, lost Jesus and turned back and found him in the temple astonishing all the doctors with His wisdom. And He said to His parents – “How is it that ye sought me? Wist ye not that I must be about my Father’s business?”  (Luke 2:49). And his Father’s main business was that His beloved Son would shed His blood on the day of Passover as the Lamb of God who taketh away the sin of the world. As the beautiful hymn says it so well -

“When I see the blood”

Christ our Redeemer died on the cross, Died for the sinner

Paid all his due; all who receive Him need never fear

Yes, He will pass, will pass over you.

When I see the blood – when I see the blood – when I see the blood

I will Passover you.

 

   The same day when the Passover was being killed, Jesus was killed on the cross for the sins of the world. Christ the Redeemer sets us fee from the bondage of our sins when He saves us. I believe God’s timing and fulfillment of prophecy is so perfect that the very moment that Christ cried out on the cross “It is finished,” the knives were cutting the throats of the Passover lambs and applying the blood to their doorposts.

 

   (Ex.12) is one of the greatest pictures of the crucifixion found in the Bible. Many details of Christ’s death on the cross are prophesied here in this chapter on the first Passover. The feast of unleavened bread and the Passover is one feast. The Passover lamb was killed at the same time as they ate the unleavened bread – the evening of the 14th day. (I Cor.5) tells us that leaven is a type of sin that grows like leaven in our bodies. Jesus Christ our Passover lamb purges out the leaven of sin in us and makes us a new lump – a new creature in Christ. “And the blood of Jesus Christ his Son cleanseth us from all sin” – (I Jn.1:7). Leaven shows the contamination and infection of sin increasing in us. Not only were the Jews required to eat unleavened bread, they were to cleanse their whole house of leaven, and so our whole body house is cleansed when we’re saved we are the house of God.

 

   At the Passover Supper Jesus said to His disciples – “And he took bread, and gave thanks, and brake it, and gave unto them, saying, This is my body which is given for you: this do in remembrance of me. Likewise also the cup after supper, saying, This cup is the New Testament in my blood, which is shed for you” – (Luke 22:19,20). The unleavened bread and the blood go together – it’s one feast. It’s the body of Christ dying on the cross and shedding His blood to cleanse us of sins. The body and the blood - Christ our Passover – Amen.

 

   (Ex.12:3) says each father is to apply the blood to the door of his house. If the father wanted his firstborn to live and not die, he applied the blood by faith. “Through faith he kept the Passover and the sprinkling of the blood, lest he that destroyed the firstborn should touch them” – (Heb.11:28). The father needs to get saved and then see to it that his whole house gets saved. Our heavenly Father has applied the blood of His dear Son.

 

   “Everyman a lamb” – This lamb is foreshadowed in Adam’s clothing, in Abel’s sacrifice, in Abraham’s almost offering up Isaac as the human lamb on Mt. Moriah as a sacrifice. The lamb is central. There is no life unless the lamb dies and sheds his blood. The Lamb of God is personalized in (Is.53) – identified by John the Baptist in (Jn.1:29) and glorified by the Father in (Rev.5). The lamb is born in a manger where human shepherds come to worship and the angels announced Him in (Luke 2). Behold, the Passover Lamb of God that taketh away the sin of the world.

 

   It was to be an unblemished lamb. “Redeemed… with the precious blood of Christ, as of a lamb without blemish and without spot” – (I Pet.1:19). In other words, – no sin. Jesus Christ is the sinless Lamb of God. “Without sin unto salvation” – (Heb.9:28). Pilate said the lamb was without blemish three times in (Jn.19). Pilate’s wife said the lamb was without blemish – (Mt.27:19). Judas said the lamb was without blemish – (Mt.27:4). The centurion who had charge of the crucifixion said the lamb was without blemish – (Luke 23:47). His worst enemy could not prove one fault in him – (Jn.8:46). Yes, the sinless, spotless, blemishless, Lamb of God – The Lord Jesus Christ.

 

   The Passover lamb’s blood was applied to the two side posts and the upper post (lintel) of the door. Not the threshold because we must not trample under foot the precious blood of Christ. God said to Cain – “sin lieth at the door.” Millions of animals were sacrificed at the door of the tabernacle and the temple. You will never enter through the door into heaven without being saved by Christ. The blood formed two side posts and a “cross” piece. Certainly we can see the wooden cross of Christ here vividly and the blood of Christ dripping down. Our salvation and redemption is strictly by the blood. Absolutely nothing else saves. “For it is the blood that maketh atonement for the soul” – (Lev.17:11).

 

   “When I see the blood, I will pass over you.” Not when I see your puny good works, church buildings, baptism and rituals, church membership, turning  over  a new leaf, profession of faith etc,etc,etc. Are you washed in the blood of the lamb? Have you been to Jesus for the soul cleansing power? What can take away my sins? Nothing but the blood of Jesus. Never mind your pedigree, your sex, age, color, station in life, degrees, upbringing, talents, education, religion, sacraments, traditions, beliefs, motives, or intentions. God will no more accept your religion that He accepted Cain’s fruit. No blood – no salvation – amen.

 

   The Passover was eaten with bitter herbs. That’s the vinegar and gall given to Christ on the cross. Jesus tasted the bitter dregs of suffering and death and hell for you if you receive Him. Otherwise, you will taste them yourself. It will be bitter for all the unsaved when they are thrown into the lake of fire.

 

   “Neither shall ye break a bone thereof” of the Passover lamb. Proof also that Christ was the Passover Lamb of God is in (Jn.19:36). “Then came the soldiers, and brake the legs of the first, and of the other which was crucified with him. But when they came to Jesus, and saw the he was dead already, they brake not his legs: For these things were done, that the scripture should be fulfilled, A bone of him shall not be broken.” Always a crucified man’s legs were broken by the Romans. An exception was made for the Son of God.

 

   In (Ex.13:8,9) the Jews were told to teach their children about the Passover. “And it shall be for a sign unto thee upon thy hand, and for a memorial between thine eyes…” and so we should teach the next generation about Christ our Passover and show them the shadows of Christ in the first Passover in Egypt. “A shadow of good things to come, but the body is of Christ” – (Col.2:17). We need to put God’s word in their hand and in their minds. We need to teach Jesus as the Passover Lamb, not like a big history book, but put light on the shadows of Christ that lies across the Old Testament. Jesus Christ is the truth. Without Christ in the Passover there is no truth. Those who reject Christ will receive the mark of Antichrist in their forehead or right hand during the great tribulation and be damned forever in hell.

 

   Jesus was dead for three days in the tomb during the seven days of the feast of unleavened bread and during this time he “raised” from the dead like a loaf of bread. The body of Christ, the church, is unleavened and cleansed from sin by the blood of Christ. Then God places in us the pure leaven of the Holy Spirit that causes us to live Godly lives and ‘raises’ the church also like a loaf of bread. “And if Christ be in you, the body is dead because of sin; but the Spirit is life because of righteousness. But if the spirit of him that raised up Jesus from the dead dwell in you, he that raised up Christ from the dead shall also quicken your mortal bodies by his Spirit that dwelleth in you” – (Rom.8:10,11).  We are washed in the Passover Lamb’s blood and unleavened of sin and indwelt by the Holy Spirit that ‘raises’ us from death. God ‘unleavens’ us of sin and leavens us with his Holy Spirit. – Amen. The Lamb has resurrected and his saints shall also.

 

   Has your leaven of sin been purged and cleansed out of you? Have you been born again of the Holy Spirit and become a new lump – a new creature in Christ? Have you repented of your sins and received Christ as your Savior by faith? When God sees the blood of His dear Son, the Passover Lamb, applied to your heart by faith, He will Passover and spare you in the Day of Judgment. You will conquer the death of your body and the second eternal death in the Lake of Fire. Do not reject the grace of God in His dear Son on the cross – amen and amen. The Lamb is coming back in power and great glory. “Saying with a loud voice, Worthy is the lamb that was slain to receive power, and riches, and wisdom, and strength, and honor, and glory, and blessing” – (Rev.5:12).

 

Christ - our Passover Lamb

He is life instead of death.

That’s what Easter is all about.

 

 

Pastor Mike Storti

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Tucson, AZ  85705

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