What an event the first Passover must have been for the children of Israel. The swirling emotions: anticipation, fear, excitement, tension, joy, confusion, urgency, perhaps even doubt. The Israelites had been in Egypt for 400 years. Was the time of deliverance truly at their doorstep? And what of these explicit instructions that God gave for one evening, one meal? Blood on the doorpost. No leaven. Eat standing. Just to name a few! Why?
God wanted His people to remember their deliverance from slavery and to never forget His act of grace. So that when He would send His Son to die in order to deliver mankind from the bondage to sin, they would also remember and believe!
The Passover is a beautiful picture of Jesus Christ; the one who ultimately fulfilled the Passover!
Below are just a few of the ways that Jesus can be seen in the Passover.
“Your lamb shall be without blemish, a male of the first year: ye shall take it out from the sheep, or from the goats.” Exodus 12:5
The lamb that was to be killed that first Passover night was to be perfect, spotless, only the very best.
Jesus Christ is referred to as the Lamb of God over thirty times in the New Testament!
Jesus is God’s Son, perfect, untainted by sin, blameless, the only One whose blood could satisfy God’s righteous demand.
“The next day John seeth Jesus coming unto him, and saith, Behold the Lamb of God, which taketh away the sin of the world.” John 1:2
“And they shall eat the flesh in that night, roast with fire, and unleavened bread; and with bitter herbs they shall eat it.” Exodus 12:8
The Israelites were to make their bread in haste, not giving it the time it needed to ferment and rise.
In the New Testament, leaven is a symbol of sin. First Corinthians instructs believers to purge out the leaven, or sin, in their life because Jesus, the sinless Lamb of God, was sacrificed for them.
“Your glorying is not good. Know ye not that a little leaven leaveneth the whole lump? 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.” 1 Corinthians 5:6-7
Believers no longer have to live controlled by sin because Jesus, the Lamb of God, died and conquered sin that Passover weekend 2,000 years ago!
Blood on the door
“And ye shall take a bunch of hyssop, and dip it in the blood that is in the basin, and strike the lintel and the two side posts with the blood that is in the basin; and none of you shall go out at the door of his house until the morning. For 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.” Exodus 12:22-23
Smear blood around the door of their home? This must have been the strangest instruction of all for the children of Israel. However, those who acted in faith received the blessing of continued life for their sons!
In the same way, those who are to be saved from eternal death must have the blood of Jesus applied to their account!
One must believe that Jesus Christ, the Lamb of God, took the punishment for the sins of the world on Himself, shed His blood, died, and rose again!
It is no coincidence that Jesus died on Passover weekend. Jesus was the fulfillment of the Passover, the ultimate Redeemer from the bondage of sin and death!
Hallelujah what a Savior!