By Ron Ross 3rd April, 2012
Why we celebrate Easter and not Passover is beyond me. Jesus is our Passover Lamb. He came to take away the sin of the world. How sad we separated His fulfillment of Passover and lost the amazingly breathtaking connection.
This year Passover will be April 6-14 falling at the same time as Easter. Think about the link between the two.
Why do Jews celebrate Passover? They are remembering the days when their forefathers were slaves in Egypt. They were under the rule of Pharaoh who refused to let the people go.
Moses spoke to Pharaoh and tried to reason with him but the Egyptian ruler resisted. The Lord sent nine plagues on Egypt to encourage Pharaoh to relent.
Finally the Lord warned Pharaoh that the eldest son in every Egyptian home would die unless the doorframe of the home was covered with the blood from a perfect lamb.
That warning came true and Pharaoh’s own son died.
It was then the stubborn Pharaoh released the children of Israel.
Exodus 12:1-4 Now the LORD said to Moses and Aaron in the land of Egypt, this month shall be the beginning of months for you; it is to be the first month of the year to you. Speak to all the congregation of Israel, saying, ‘On the tenth of this month they are each one to take a lamb for themselves, according to their fathers’ households, a lamb for each household. Now if the household is too small for a lamb, then he and his neighbor nearest to his house are to take one according to the number of persons in them; according to what each man should eat, you are to divide the lamb.”
It was John the Baptist who called Jesus ‘the Lamb of God who takes away the sin of the world.” (John 1:29)
‘This shall be the beginning of months for you,” Moses wrote. When we have the blood of the lamb over our lives we have freedom, security and protection. Salvation is the beginning of eternal life for believers. Because the Lamb of God died in our place and then rose from the dead to be our King, we are no longer slaves to sin.
Jesus was crucified on the day of preparation for the Passover at the same hour the lambs were being slaughtered for the Passover meal that same evening.
During the Passover celebration a hymn of praise is sung, which includes Psalm 118:22. Consider these words: “The stone the builders rejected has become the cornerstone.’
Jesus is the cornerstone that the builders rejected.
Matthew 21:42 “Jesus said to them, “Did you never read in the Scriptures, ‘the stone which the builders rejected, this became the chief cornerstone; This came about from the Lord, and it is marvelous in our eyes.” He was quoting Psalm 118: 22-23.
Maybe you recognize this prophetic word from Psalm 22. “My God, my God, why have You forsaken me?” Jesus spoke words from this psalm as He hung on the cross. It’s worth our while to consider the prophetic words written long before the crucifixion.
Psalm 22:18 “They divide my garments among them, and for my clothing they cast lots.”
Psalm 22:26 “The afflicted will eat and be satisfied; Those who seek Him will praise the LORD. Let your heart live forever! “
Out of His sacrifice comes an amazing promise. Psalm 22:30,31 “Posterity will serve Him; It will be told of the Lord to the coming generation. They will come and will declare His righteousness To a people who will be born, that He has performed it.”
He has ‘performed it.” He has become our Passover Lamb. This year link Passover and Easter together and get the whole picture. God is amazing. He planned events to bring about our release from slavery and in that plan He chose to be the perfect sacrifice Himself. What a loving God? We are protected by the blood of the Lamb and it was His plan from the beginning!
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