Posted by: Randall Niles | April 19, 2011

Happy Passover

Happy Passover!

The Passover feast occurs each year on the 14th day of the Jewish month of Nisan. It is one of the main Jewish holidays, celebrating when God delivered the Israelites from slavery in Egypt. The Passover meal is eaten in remembrance of the Lord “passing over” the houses of those who had sacrificed the Passover lamb and sprinkled its blood on their wooden doorposts and mantles, while the angel of death visited those who had not sprinkled the blood of the lamb. The angel of death was the final of ten plagues sent by God to redeem His people from Egyptian bondage.

Remarkably, the slaying of the Passover lamb in order for the death angel to “pass over” those who are “covered by the blood” (Exodus 12:11-13) is am awesome prophetic picture of Jesus Christ and the power of his crucifixion. Approximately 1,500 years after the first Passover, on the 14th day of Nisan, the Passover Lamb of God, Jesus Christ, was sacrificed on a wooden cross for the sins of all mankind.

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 to have no broken bones                    † 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)

Today is the 14th of Nisan. Today is a great day to remember the miracle of the first Passover. Today is also a great day to look ahead to the “Day of the Lord,” when those who have covered themselves in the Blood of the Lamb, Jesus Christ, will be saved…

Something to really Think About,

Randall Niles

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