The tradition of Passover dates back to the time of the Exodus. The people of Israel were slaves in the land of Israel. Moses, an Israelite who grew up in the house of Pharaoh, had come on the scene to plead with Pharaoh for their release. God, after each attempt, caused a plague on the land of Egypt.

The final plague that led to the freeing of the Israelites was the slaying of the first born. In order to spare your child, a lamb needed to be slain and blood needed to be placed on the door post. It was also not just any lamb, it needed to be an unblemished lamb. It required a perfect lamb. 

Exodus 12:14 “This day shall be for you a memorial day, and you shall keep it as a feast to the Lord: throughout your generations, as a statute forever, you shall keep it as a feast.” 

Where does Jesus come in with Passover? Christ came to the world for one job, die for our sins. Christ came to earth to take our sins. We see Christ in Passover as the lamb of God. Christ’s shed blood on the cross is a symbol of the shed blood of the lamb on the door post. Christ lived a perfect life while on earth, he was without blemish. The life of Christ is the symbol of the unblemished perfect lamb required for the sacrifice.

The Word became flesh

The world is full of corrupt sinners. God looks down and there is not one perfect person. God sent His son to earth to die as a sacrifice for our sins. He lived a perfect life to fulfill the requirement of the sacrificial lamb. Jesus made the ultimate sacrifice, his life, so man no longer needed to make a sacrifice. This also relates to Jesus and Yom Kippur. 

There are other connections between Jesus and Passover. Like the fact that Jesus was crucified during the week of Passover. Jesus celebrates Passover with his disciples knowing that it would be his final meal with them. Now when celebrating Passover there is another memorial that we are to keep. It is no longer just the lamb that freed the Israelites from Egypt. There is now Jesus who we are to remember. Jesus, who came to the world to be the sacrifice for our sins that we may be freed from the condemnation that is the result of our sin. 

As Passover approaches take time to reflect on what Jesus has done for you. Reflect on the sacrifice that he made. Look to the perfect sacrifice made for you.

John 1:29 “Behold the Lamb of God, who takes away the sins of the world”

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