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Christ Our Passover (Part 2)

(For the first part of this series: Click Here.)

The Lamb Is Perfect

“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)

“Forasmuch as ye know that ye were not redeemed with corruptible things, as silver and gold, from your vain conversation received by tradition from your fathers; But with the precious blood of Christ, as of a lamb without blemish and without spot:” (1 Peter 1:18-19)

He Who knew no sin was made to be sin for us (2 Corinthians 5:21). Our Lamb was without sin, without blemish, perfect and holy. He was “taken out from the sheep“; He came in the form of a Man like unto us and offered Himself up as our sacrificial Lamb to the Father.

The Lamb Is Tested

“And ye shall keep it up until the fourteenth day of the same month: and the whole assembly of the congregation of Israel shall kill it in the evening.” (Exodus 12:6)

“For we have not an high priest which cannot be touched with the feeling of our infirmities; but was in all points tempted like as we are, yet without sin.” (Hebrews 4:15)

From the tenth day until the fourteenth of the month of Abib, the lamb chosen by each household was examined and scrutinized to ensure that no blemish or defect was present. So, too, was our Lord examined, interrogated, and watched, His doctrine closely inspected, His words analyzed and debated, to see if any fault might be found in Him. Our perfect Lamb did not go untested but was proven to be without sin, holy and righteous.

The phrase, “The congregation of Israel shall kill it…”  rather than “kill them” is no accident here. Though the people would slay thousands of lambs that night in order to avoid destruction, God never had but One Lamb in mind, One Lamb that would be offered up for all people.

The Blood Is Applied

“And they shall take of the blood, and strike it on the two side posts and on the upper door post of the houses, wherein they shall eat it.” (Exodus 12:7)

“For therefore we both labour and suffer reproach, because we trust in the living God, who is the Saviour of all men, specially of those that believe.” (1 Timothy 4:10)

The blood of the lambs on the night of the Passover had the power to save anyone and everyone. But proximity to the blood, merely being close to it, was not enough to save; if it were, no Egyptian would have died that night, either. Or just the fact that the blood had been spilled and offered was not enough to save; Pharoah’s own son would had survived if that were the case. No, the blood needed to be placed on the door frame of each house in order for the house’s occupants to be saved.

That Jesus Christ has offered Himself, spilling His own precious blood that we might be saved, in and of itself does nothing to save a person. Until we apply that blood to our own lives, until we “strike it on our own doorframes“, we are not saved. Jesus Christ is the Savior of the whole world, but that Salvation becomes efficacious only to those who apply the blood and believe on Him.

Lord willing, we will conclude this look at “Christ Our Passover” tomorrow. May our Lord, our precious Passover Lamb, bless and keep you. To Him goes all glory. In service to Him,

Loren

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6 responses

  1. Thank you, Loren

    “That Jesus Christ has offered Himself, spilling His own precious blood that we might be saved, in and of itself does nothing to save a person. ”
    There are doctrines that begin and end here. That all are saved because He died… nothing of the fact that we have to step forward and accept what He freely gives.
    When we know the truth and sit on our hands, we cannot become angry at those who walk about spreading seeds of darkness. We have a responsibility to ensure that they come under the covering of His blood. We must fulfill His commission to go and tell…

    Thanks again for sharing. Looking forward to more.

    Blessings,
    ann

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  2. “And he saith unto him, Friend, how camest thou in hither not having a wedding garment? And he was speechless. Then said the king to the servants, Bind him hand and foot, and take him away, and cast him into outer darkness, there shall be weeping and gnashing of teeth.” (Matt. 22:12-13)

    I am afraid that there are a great many folks expecting to show up at the Wedding without having put on the Wedding garment. Except we be clothed with the Robe that Christ provides, we cannot be saved. The Lord Jesus provides the Robe, yet we must put it on.

    “When we know the truth and sit on our hands, we cannot become angry at those who walk about spreading seeds of darkness.”…..Very true, well said.

    Thanks, Ann, your thoughts and reflections are such a blessing :)

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  3. Thank you. this is just what i needed to help disciple a brand new believer in my neighborhood. All 3 are excellent resources for her . i shared them with her via email. Bless you

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  4. Oh Loren . . .I had never considered Jesus being kept and examined for 14 days prior to the cross. I come away in further awe of Him, His word and His ways. Also felt it so powerful about how we each must strike our own doorposts or else the blood does not save even though it was shed.
    God bless you and yours, Loren, as you continue to glorify His name!

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  5. Awesome! I am glad that you have found this study useful :)

    God bless you in your endeavors discipling a new believer; what a very important ministry that is. Thank you for taking the time to read this series and share your encouraging comments!

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  6. Hi Deb,

    To be honest with you, I had in mind the testing and temptations of the Lord throughout His entire 3 year ministry; I wasn’t really thinking of a specific timeline for His examination. But your mentioning of a certain amount of days before the Cross got me thinking:

    The Lord Jesus entered Jerusalem in “The Triumphal Entry” on the Sunday preceding the Passover (what we call “Palm Sunday” now). We could look at this as the “presentation of the Lamb”, or the day when the Lamb was selected by the people. Jesus was then arrested on the following Thursday, the night of the Passover. Exodus 12:3 and 6, when compared, tell us that the lamb was selected on the tenth day and then killed by “the whole congregation of Israel” on the fourteenth day of the month, four days later. Palm Sunday when the Lord entered Jerusalem to the Passover on Thursday when He was arrested would have been four days… Wow, I did not catch that :)

    Secondly, I was looking back over Luke 19 and 20 and remembered that the Lord’s authority was challenged by every major religious and political group in the nation between the Triumphal Entry and His Crucifixion. The Pharisees rebuked Him for receiving the praise of the people in Luke 19:39; the chief priests, scribes, and elders scrutinized Him in Luke 20:2; the Herodians tried to trap Him in Luke 20:22 (compare with Matthew 22:16-17 where it tells us they were the Herodians); and the Sadducees sought to ensnare Him in Luke 20:27-33. It seems that every religious and political power among the Jewish people took their turn “testing the Lamb” to see if He was without blemish. He had been challenged throughout His ministry, but the real testing and examination did, in fact, begin in those days right before the Passover!

    Also, I didn’t include it in this series because I didn’t feel the correlation to be exact enough and strong enough, but I couldn’t help but notice how much the two side posts and intersecting top posts of the door frames of the houses, covered by the blood of the lamb, must have resembled the Cross of Christ, covered with the Blood of our Lamb!

    There is so much more here that I wish I could fully see. Oh, that the Lord would open the eyes of my understanding!

    God bless you, Deb. I know I can always rely on you to send me back to the Word to catch another glimpse of some of the wondrous things I missed :)

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