The Passover Lamb

“The exodus from Egypt is the most significant event in Israel’s history,” asserted Andrew Dow in his lecture “The Sacrifice of the Lamb” at the Florida College Annual Lectures yesterday morning.

It’s difficult to disagree with Andrew’s affirmation.

Imagine this.

A Jewish father in the first century is telling his sons the annual narrative of Israel’s release from Egyptian bondage 1400 years earlier. The story has been passed on from grandfather, to father, and to his sons.

There was the slaying of a flawless lamb. The Passover feast. Eating unleavened bread. Roasting the meat and preparing it with “bitter herbs.” Smearing the blood on the doorpost, which spared the lives of their firstborn. The Egyptians awakening the next morning to the stench of death in every house. And then their sudden departure from Egypt, accompanied by the miraculous crossing of the Red Sea.

But this year the story is different. It takes on new meaning. A deeper significance. A prophetic fulfillment. Jesus of Nazareth, who was hailed as the Lamb of God,” has been crucified just prior to the Passover. Not only that, He was resurrected from the tomb just 3 days later, as verified by multiple witnesses. Now he’s returned to heaven. And his disciples have preached His message in Jerusalem, throughout Judea, Samaria and now it’s spreading throughout the Roman Empire.

The Jewish father and mother have been converted to Christianity. Today is the Passover. The family still recognizes it as a part of their heritage. But they say, “Boys, tomorrow when we assemble with fellow Believers, we will observe and partake of a different kind of feast because now “Christ is our Passover.”

Such is the significance of the Passover, as described in Exodus 12-13, and how it foreshadowed what was to transpire 14 centuries later.

In Andrew’s lecture, he observed that “among the most striking features of {the Passover} is the prominent role which death plays in Israel’s deliverance. God uses death to propel the events forward which lead to life.” Just like the spotless Lamb, which represented purity, was slain, so also was Jesus, the Lamb of God. Peter affirms that Jesus shed his “precious blood, as of a lamb unblemished and spotless (1 Pet. 1:17-19). It is through Jesus’ vicarious death of the cross, that we can enjoy life.

Furthermore, Andrew pointed out that “the Passover meal was a special memorial for a holy people.” It was not for a foreigner, sojourner, or hired servant, but for the congregation of Israel (Ex. 12:43-45). These were God’s people ready to leave Egyptian bondage and bound for the Promised Land. Similarly, we too, when we eat the Supper, acknowledge our special relationship with the Lord, as a separate and set-apart people. Holy, dedicated, and consecrated to Him.

In Israel’s early days, we read of them remembering God’s providential care and deliverance from slavery in the annual Passover feast. Sadly, the Old Testament records times when Israel forget God. Neglected the Passover. Failed to remember who they were. And where they came from. Both in the reign of Kings Hezekiah and Josiah, the Passover was renewed.

It’s a reminder to you and me today, that as we meet for worship each Sunday, to really remember what the Lord’s Supper means to us personally. Christ, our Passover has delivered us from the guilt of sin. From the servitude of Satan. From slavery in which our old life had held us captive to our baser instincts. But, now we’re free. Liberated. Emancipated from a life of shame and self-reproach.

Let us not be like ancient Israel and neglect our Passover, or forget its meaning and message in our life. As we celebrate our salvation on Sunday, we’re reminded that it’s been made possible by the sacrifice of Friday’s Passover lamb.

And so we can joyfully and triumphal sing John Foote’s hymn…

Christ our Redeemer died on the cross,
Died for the sinner, paid all his due;
Sprinkle your soul with the blood of the Lamb,
And I will pass, will pass over you.

–Ken Weliever, The Preacherman

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4 responses to “The Passover Lamb

  1. Sharon Kochik

    Thank you Ken for sharing your Dailey spiritual bread with us. Your words edify and stirs my faith and countless others to a greater level of love and service to the Lord.

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  2. Wayne Plath

    Hey Brother… for some reason your “Share’ on today’s email is “Not Found” according to my yahoo provider.  Keep in mind, I’m NOT talking about Feb. 9th, I’m responding to what happened today… Feb. 10th when I clicked on your “The Preacher’s Word” email. Brotherly, Wayne W. Plath

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