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Christ Our Passover (Part 1)

“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 5:7)

As we come to the twelfth chapter in our look at the Book of Exodus, we arrive at the first religious holiday given in the Bible. When compared with other ancient religious observances, the Passover is quite unique. Not only does it pre-date the Pagan religious “holy” days, it radically differs from them. The instructions for how the Passover would be observed were given by God to man, whereas the religious commemorations of the Pagans were the efforts of man to appease the Divine. The Passover was God’s idea; it was His method for the Salvation of the First-born of Israel.

The Apostle Paul calls Christ our Passover in the Book of First Corinthians; He is the Passover Lamb sacrificed for the believer. That Christ was given as the sacrificial Lamb on our behalf was also God’s idea and not ours, and this is but the first of many parallels rendering the Passover a perfect portrait and foreshadow of the Lord Jesus Christ. Let’s consider some others:

Christ Is Our Beginning

“This month shall be unto you the beginning of months: it shall be the first month of the year to you.” (Exodus 12:2)

“Therefore if any man be in Christ, he is a new creature: old things are passed away; behold, all things are become new.” (2 Corinthians 5:17)

Although there is a great effort being made in Academia today to rid Christ from historical reckoning, substituting the secular designation of “C.E.” (Common Era) for the traditional A.D. (Anno Domini, “the year of the Lord”), the fact that man has chosen to divide time itself between the days before the coming of the Lord and those after is undeniable. The Christian can also divide the days of their own life similarly, for to call the moment when we accepted Jesus as our Savior our “New Birth” is no exaggeration or hyperbole. We are born again when we come to Christ and are saved and will forever have a “second birthday”, a day when our life began anew.

The month of Abib (or Nisan), the Hebrew month wherein the Passover falls, is the beginning of the Jewish religious calendar. This marks the New Year, God’s saving of the First-born and the deliverance of the Israelites from Egypt serving as the moment when the nation was born. It all begins at the point where God saves us. Nothing that has happened before really matters.

Every Man Requires A Lamb

“Speak ye unto all the congregation of Israel, saying, In the tenth day of this month they shall take to them EVERY MAN a lamb, according to the house of their fathers, a lamb for an house:” (Exodus 12:3, emphasis added)

“But the scripture hath concluded all under sin, that the promise by faith of Jesus Christ might be given to them that believe.” (Galatians 3:22)

Every one in the “congregation of Israel” required a lamb for the Passover. Not just every family, but every person in each family. Christ is the Lamb of God given, not just for some, but for the whole world (John 1:29). Anyone who is going to be saved must partake of the Lamb.

The Lamb Is Sufficient

“And if the household be too little for the lamb, let him and his neighbour next unto his house take it according to the number of the souls; every man according to his eating shall make your count for the lamb.” (Exodus 12:4)

“By the which will we are sanctified through the offering of the body of Jesus Christ once for all.” (Hebrews 10:10)

Some households were too little for the lamb, but the Lamb is not too little for any household! The sacrifice of Christ is sufficient for the remission of all sins, no matter how great. There is no sinner too vile, no heart too dark that it cannot be saved by the Blood of the Lamb. The Lamb is enough for all of us.

Lord willing, we will pick up here in Part 2 tomorrow. To God goes all glory. In service to Him,

Loren

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7 responses

  1. Thank you, Loren.

    I’ve had the ‘No Substitution For Faith’ Post in my head and on my screen for days upon days. Each time I checked in I would find something new (not necessarily something I was looking for but something I needed to see.)

    “The sacrifice of Christ is sufficient for the remission of all sins, no matter how great. There is no sinner too vile, no heart too dark that it cannot be saved by the Blood of the Lamb”
    It’s easier to accept the fact that His grace is sufficient when life is good and we’re walking the straight and narrow. When we fall into sin (as we’re prone to), it seems the natural response is to chastise ourselves all over again instead of seeking His forgiveness.

    “The instructions for how the Passover would be observed were given by God to man, whereas the religious commemorations of the Pagans were the efforts of man to appease the Divine. ”
    We have a history of quantifying sin and its related penalties (ref : the woman caught in adultery) even though we all have front row seats at the foot of the cross. We have that innate human desire to fix things when all we need to do is follow His direction. What has convinced us that there is anything we could ever do to purchase our own freedom?

    Thank you for the reminder that the Lamb is sufficient. Praise the Lord!

    I’m still munching last week’s servings… (feels more like a cow chewing its cud!) :-) but there’s much to absorb. I’ll still camp there a while.

    Blessings,
    ann

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  2. Thanks, Ann, for the wonderfully encouraging comments :)

    That certainly is our tendency: to quantify our sins and seek to define our own parameters for how our sin-guilt must be rectified. To establish our own set of rules, assigning specific values to each trespass committed and the exact penance required gratifies our egos, giving us something to which we may point that has tangibly and definitively made us right with God. But God allows no such “salvation”, no justification that comes by our own hands. What must we do to be saved? What work of righteousness can we perform, what punishment can we endure that will pay the price for our Salvation?

    “Jesus answered and said unto them, This is the work of God, that ye believe on him whom he hath sent.” (John 6:29)

    I guess I’m camped here for a while, too. It never ceases to amaze me how interconnected the entirety of the Bible really is. Last time, I wrote on Romans 4, this time on Exodus 12. The message isn’t really that different, is it? What an awesome God we serve!

    God bless you,

    Loren

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  5. Thank you for tis series. im discipling a new believer and im sending it to her right now. Its going to answer a lot of her questions

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  6. I love how you put the verse from Exodus and then a related verse from the NT! Isn’t that just wonderful!
    And how households could be too small for the lamb . . .I forgot about reading that. But Jesus is not too small for any household. That makes me want to stand and shout! :)
    God bless you Loren, for pouring out your time, energy, and talent for your God!

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  7. Thanks, Diane, I sure hope this helps her :)

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