The History of Passover
Exodus 12 gives the specific details on how to select the lamb and how it was to be used. These two key verses, also represent Jesus as you will see in the comparison below.
- The animals you choose must be year-old males without defect, and you may take them from the sheep or the goats – Exodus 12:5 (KJV).
- The blood will be a sign for you on the houses where you are, and when I see the blood, I will pass over you. No destructive plague will touch you when I strike Egypt -Exodus 12:13 (KJV)
Christ was sacrificed on Passover
Passover is also the same day the Lord Yeshua (Jesus Christ), our lamb sacrifice for sins, was crucified. It took place during the daylight hours that followed the Passover evening—which was still the same date according to Hebrew sunset-to-sunset.
The blood ofthe Passover lamb foreshadowed the sacrifice of Jesus Christ
Just as the Israelites were “passed over” and “saved” due to the blood of the lamb, we are now saved by Jesus, who “passes over” our sins because of the blood he shed on the cross. For those who repent, and accept Jesus as their personal savior, are too saved from death.
For it is not possible that the blood of bulls and of goats should take away sins – Hebrews 10:4 (KJV).
When we compare Exodus and 1 Corinthians 5:7 (as shown below) we see that Jesus Christ is the true Passover Lamb. When observing His last Passover with His disciples, Jesus explained that the symbols of bread and wine represent His body and blood, offered by Him for the forgiveness (or passing over) of our sins and the death sentence of our sins(Matthew:26:26-28; Mark:14:22-24).
What does Passover mean for Christians today?
It certainly is not about the pagan rituals of easter eggs, bunnies and baskets. It is about Jesus Christ, who sacrificed His life, shed blood, so that all mankind could be saved from the second death, which is a life in hell.
The New Testament Passover is a memorial that without Jesus, we cannot be saved. It is a reminder of the gift of salvation that Jesus gave, as the perfect Passover Lamb, who sacrificed himself, in order to bring atonement and forgiveness of our sins. This sacred day belongs to Jesus, and should be observed according to 1 Corinthians:11:23-28 as Christ instructed.
We were bought with a heavy price! and every day should remind us that Jesus died for our sins (Psalm 22:1-31; Matthew 27:45-56; Mark 15:33-41; Luke 23:44-49, John 19:28), the death of sin, represented by the cruxification of Christ (Psalm 69:1-36; Matthew 27:32-44; Mark 15:21-32; Luke 23:26-43, John 19:16-27) of Jesus, and he ROSE again, signifying our rebirth through him. Likewise, we should sacrifice ourselves to Jesus, and follow him,not our worldly desires.
For as often as ye eat this bread, and drink this cup, ye do shew the Lord’s death till he come. –1 Corinthians:11:26 (KJV).
This wonderful day is a remembrance of the gift we were given! That eternal life is possible only through Jesus Christ (John:6:47-54; Acts:4:10-12). It was because of the sacrifice of Jesus, that we were given a covering for our sin. We know that it is only possible to have salvation through Jesus! This is the reason to celebrate the resurrection. And Jesus himself instructed us to keep the passover (Matthew 26:17-29). The next feast is the Feast of Unleavened Bread (See Matthew 26:17-29);
“That if thou shalt confess with thy mouth the Lord Jesus, and shalt believe in thine heart that God hath raised him from the dead, thou shalt be saved – Romans 10:9 (KJV).
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- And I will put enmity between thee and the woman, and between thy seed and her seed; it shall bruise thy head, and thou shalt bruise his heel – Genesis 3:5 (KJV).
- So Christ was once offered to bear the sins of many; and unto them that look for him shall he appear the second time without sin unto salvation – Hebrews 9:28 (KJV).
- 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 – 1 Peter 2:24 (KJV).
- But is now made manifest by the appearing of our Saviour Jesus Christ, who hath abolished death, and hath brought life and immortality to light through the gospel – 2 Timothy 1:10 (KJV).
- So when this corruptible shall have put on incorruption, and this mortal shall have put on immortality, then shall be brought to pass the saying that is written, Death is swallowed up in victory – 1 Corinthians 15:54 (KJV).
- He will swallow up death in victory; and the Lord GOD will wipe away tears from off all faces; and the rebuke of his people shall he take away from off all the earth: for the LORD hath spoken it – Isaiah 25:8 (KJV).
If Adam and Eve had already made a covering, Why did God come and cover them? Because this signified that only God could cover sin, and the reason mankind needed Jesus!
- For the life of the flesh is in the blood: and I have given it to you upon the altar to make an atonement for your souls: for it is the blood that maketh an atonement for the soul – Leviticus 17:22 (KJV).
- And almost all things are by the law purged with blood; and without shedding of blood is no remission -Hebrews 9:22 (KJV).
- For it is not possible that the blood of bulls and of goats should take away sins – Hebrews 10:4 (KJV).
- For we have heard him say, that this Jesus of Nazareth shall destroy this place, and shall change the customs which Moses delivered us – Acts 6:14 (KJV).
But we see Jesus, who was made a little lower than the angels for the suffering of death, crowned with glory and honour; that he by the grace of God should taste death for every man – Hebrews 2:9 (KJV).
Forasmuch then as the children are partakers of flesh and blood, he also himself likewise took part of the same; that through death he might destroy him that had the power of death, that is, the devil; And deliver them who through fear of death were all their lifetime subject to bondage. For verily he took not on him the nature of angels; but he took on him the seed of Abraham. Wherefore in all things it behoved him to be made like unto his brethren, that he might be a merciful and faithful high priest in things pertaining to God, to make reconciliation for the sins of the people. For in that he himself hath suffered being tempted, he is able to succour them that are tempted- Hebrews 2:14-18 (KJV).
Jesus’ crucifixion revealed His identity as the Son of God and draws people to Him by demonstrating the depth of God’s love (John 3:16). Jesus said, “Greater love hath no man than this, that a man lay down his life for his friends.” – John 15:13 (KJV). Paul explained, “But God commendeth his love toward us, in that, while we were yet sinners, Christ died for us. Much more then, being now justified by his blood, we shall be saved from wrath through him. For if, when we were enemies, we were reconciled to God by the death of his Son, much more, being reconciled, we shall be saved by his life.” – Romans 5:8-10 (KJV).
Whom God hath set forth to be a propitiation through faith in his blood, to declare his righteousness for the remission of sins that are past, through the forbearance of God – Romans 3:25 (KJV).