JESUS IS THE PASSOVER LAMB
JESUS IS THE PASSOVER LAMB
Exodus 12:3-14 “Speak to all the congregation of Israel, saying: ‘On the tenth of this month every man shall take for himself a lamb, according to the house of his father, a lamb for a household… Your lamb shall be without blemish, a male of the first year. You may take it from the sheep or from the goats. Now you shall keep it until the fourteenth day of the same month. Then the whole assembly of the congregation of Israel shall kill it at twilight. And they shall take some of the blood and put it on the two doorposts and on the lintel of the houses where they eat it…”
When Pharaoh refused to allow Israel to depart from Egypt, God inflicted a series of disasters to make him surrender. Pharaoh however refused to bow down to God even after experiencing God’s mightiest miracles. The Lord thus instituted the Passover. He would kill the firstborns of Egypt, including that of Pharaoh and the livestock, but spare those of Israel. He then instructed the children of Israel to slaughter lambs and smear the blood across the doorposts of their houses so that death would not enter their houses. When the night came, God indeed passed over the houses of the Israelites who had obeyed His directive as He brought death to the Egyptians.
Even though Israel had been in Egypt for over 400 years when this happened, the Lord did not forget about them. He delivered them because He wanted to have a personal relationship with them. This could not happen in a foreign land among people who worshiped false gods. Hence He had to release them from the slavery of the Egyptians. Not only did God desire fellowship with them, He also wanted to bless them by bringing them to Canaan, a rich land filled with milk and honey. The Passover became an important event in the history of Israel as it reminded them of the mighty works of God.
The Passover was also a foreshadow of God’s ultimate redemption of His people. The sacrificed lambs were a picture of the coming sacrificial death of Jesus Christ. Note the similarities between the deliverance in Egypt and that of the cross of Jesus. The lambs were not just random, they were without blemish, male, young, examined and approved. Likewise, Jesus was a sinless man, examined and approved as a perfect sacrifice for the sins of the world. But His death expanded way past the protection of the firstborns. To this day it delivers every person who accepts Jesus from both sin and death, and reunites them with God. Christians worship God freely without disturbance from the evil spirit who once bound them in sin. Jesus is the real Passover Lamb.
The firstborns that the Lord killed were a symbol of the Egyptians’ manhood. God struck them where their strength lied to prove how powerless they were. There was therefore great mourning in the whole land of Egypt. The Lord Jesus also struck the head of the devil, thereby disarming his powers over the lives of those who would receive Him (Colossians 2:15). Hence the kingdom of darkness cries greatly every time a soul gets saved. This means that they also celebrate when people backslide, so do not give the devil that satisfaction. Just as death could not enter the houses of the Israelites because of the blood of the lambs, demons that are assigned to kill masses through pestilences pass over you when they see the mark of the blood of Jesus across your forehead. This means coronavirus cannot kill you!
What happened in Egypt was just a foreshadow of what was to happen in your life through Jesus. The cross of Jesus brought you a lot of victories. The devil cannot do as he pleases over your life anymore. Right now when many people are getting laid off because of the pandemic, children of God are getting employed and establishing flourishing businesses. The devil knows that he is deprived of the power to exercise his will over you because the cross happened over 2000 years ago. Sin cannot control you! Premature death cannot overtake you! Poverty will not strike you! You shall continue to flourish in a sun scorched land. You are marked with the blood of Jesus and all the devil’s attacks shall pass over you. Be blessed.