Jesus as the Passover Lamb
The story of the first passover, the Death of the Firstborn, is such a deep and beautiful story. We taught this story again during campmeeting to our Primary kids. You could have heard a pin drop as the “hyssop” branch was dipped in the “blood” and painted above the door of the Israelite’s home.
The instructions God gave for the passover lamb were specific, representing the Passover Lamb to come – Jesus Christ.
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“Your lamb shall be without blemish, a male of the first year…” Exodus 12:5
Jesus was our Passover Lamb, unblemished, without sin, the Firstborn Son of God.
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1 Peter 2:22-24 says, “For even hereunto were ye called: because Christ also suffered for us, leaving us an example, that ye should follow his steps: Who did no sin, neither was guile found in his mouth: Who, when he was reviled, reviled not again; when he suffered, he threatened not; but committed himself to him that judgeth righteously: Who his own self bare our sins in his own body on the tree, that we, being dead to sins, should live unto righteousness: by whose stripes ye were healed.”
“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
The blood of the lamb over the doorposts saved the families from certain death within our household. While the blood of the lamb was unable to cleanse us from sin, it represented the blood of Jesus which takes away the sins of the world. It is only by Christ’s righteousness that any of us can be saved. Even the Israelites on that fateful night could not have eternal life had it not been for Jesus death on the cross.
Revelation 7: 14 says, “These are they which came out of great tribulation, and have washed their robes, and made them white in the blood of the Lamb.”
2 Corinthians 5:21 says, “For he hath made him to be sin for us, who knew no sin; that we might be made the righteousness of God in him.”
The passover lamb was to have no broken bones. “In one house shall it be eaten; thou shalt not carry forth ought of the flesh abroad out of the house; neither shall ye break a bone thereof.” Exodus 12:46
In Psalm 34:20 it was prophesied, “He keepeth all his bones: not one of them is broken.”
The prophecy was fulfilled! “These things happened so that the scripture would be fulfilled: “Not one of his bones will be broken.” John 19:36
“It is a night to be much observed unto the Lord for bringing them out from the land of Egypt: this is that night of the Lord to be observed of all the children of Israel in their generations.” Exodus 12:42
God delivered His people from the bondage of Egypt. He will deliver His people from the bondage of sin at the second coming.
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“Look, he is coming with the clouds, and every eye will see him, even those who pierced him; and all the peoples of the earth will mourn because of him. So shall it be! Amen. I am the Alpha and the Omega, ” says the Lord God, who is, and who was, and who is to come, the Almighty.” Revelation 1:7
You might enjoy listening to my reading of the profound story The House Across the Hedge by Grace Livingston Hill. I read this story to my Primary students at campmeeting. The children sat on the edge of their seats and you could have heard a pin drop!