Posted by: Randall Niles | December 8, 2009

The Passover Lamb

The Passover Feast is one of the main Jewish holidays and a celebration in remembrance of when God delivered the Israelites from slavery in Egypt. Remarkably, the slaying of the Passover lamb and the applying of blood to door posts of the houses in order for the death angel to “pass over” those people who are “covered by the blood” (Exodus 12:11-13) is an awesome picture of Jesus Christ and the power of his crucifixion.

Passover Events ///////////////////Crucifixion of Jesus

• Date: 14th of Nisan (Jewish calendar)      † Date: 14th of Nisan (Jewish calendar)

• Lamb selected: 10th of Nisan                      † Jesus selected: 10th of Nisan

• Lamb to be perfect, without blemish        † Jesus was perfect, without sin

• Blood of the lamb saves those using it      † Blood of Jesus saves those accepting it

• Lamb has no broken bones at slaughter   † Jesus had no bones broken

• The theme of the Jewish Passover is remembering the gift of salvation from slavery in Egypt. Those who were covered by the blood of the lamb were saved from the angel of death that killed the firstborn of everything living in Egypt.

† The hope of the crucifixion is God’s gift of eternal salvation through Jesus Christ. Those who receive the gift are covered by the blood of the Lamb and saved from eternal separation from God.

Christ’s role as the Lamb of God is central to the New Testament scriptures. In fact, Jesus Christ was the fulfillment of the many Passovers that had been observed before him.

John the Baptist saw Jesus coming toward him and said, “Look, the Lamb of God, who takes away the sin of the world.” (John 1:29) 

In Revelation, which speaks of the end times, Jesus Christ is again referred to as the Lamb: 

After this I looked and there before me was a great multitude that no one could count, from every nation, tribe, people and language, standing before the throne and in front of the Lamb. They were wearing white robes and were holding palm branches in their hands. And they cried out in a loud voice: “Salvation belongs to our God, who sits on the throne, and to the Lamb.” (Revelation 7:9-10)

Still thinking,

Randall Niles

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Responses

  1. […] Jesus did not come to be the inspiration for sacred art.  Nor to be the theme of Christmas songs.  Nor to be a great moral teacher.  No, Jesus came to be the Savior – He was born for me, He was born for you.  How did Jesus become our Savior?  Bound inseparably with Jesus’ birth is the fact of Jesus’ death.  He came to save, and to save He had to die – to die in our place as sinners, to pay the full penalty for our sin, to bear the divine wrath of God that each of us deserves.  Just as Jesus was born personally for you, so also Jesus died personally for you.  What an amazing, personal message of God’s love and grace – a message that likewise calls for our personal response.  The Savior who was born is God’s gift to you – a gift that can only be received by faith, by believing that Jesus was actually born to be your Savior and that He died for your sins.  And because He rose again, He conquered sin and death, and He offers you, and to all who will receive it, the gift of life and joy – here and now, and for all eternity, in the presence of Jesus forever.  Won’t you receive the gift of God this Christmas?  (Adapted from “Christmas Blessing to You” by Dr. Willard M. Aldrich)  The delicious dinner my wife and sister-in-law prepared for Christmas Eve.  I thought about how appropriate it was for them to prepare lamb as Christ was the Passover Lamb the Old Testament pointed towards.  Hard to explain so here’s a link to explain what I mean. (and another)  […]


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