Jesus Christ is our Passover Lamb. When God delivered His people out of being slaves in Egypt, He sent the last plague - the death angel. Yet, God told the Israelites to cover the doorposts of their home with the blood of a lamb. Every home covered in the blood of the lamb, the death angel “passed over” and the lives inside were saved. The blood of Jesus covers our hearts if you are in Christ Jesus. You are saved for all eternity. Trust and follow Jesus, “the Lamb of God who takes away the sins of the world,” today!
The Ultimate Sacrifice
When you think about the sacrifice that Jesus made – really think about it – you can realize the magnitude of that act. The perfect, sinless Son of God lived a perfect life and chose to die for you and for me. And, even more than that, His death and sacrifice was prophesied of hundreds of years prior. There were signs, acts, and words that told of the sacrifice that the Son of God would make all throughout the Old Testament, and if there is one act that points to the coming of Jesus more directly than anything else, it is the Passover.
On the night of the Passover in Egypt, it was the sacrificed blood of the lamb that saved the lives of the firstborn Israelite children. God spared the lives of His people because the lamb had already given its life in their place. This act, this momentous night, foreshadowed the sacrifice of our Lamb of God, Jesus Christ, who would take our place on the cross... His blood for ours.
What the Bible Says about the Passover in Exodus
In the early chapters of Exodus, we read the story of the many plagues that God caused to happen in Egypt in order to bring about the freedom for the Israelite slaves. From flies and gnats to skin boils to the death of livestock, God tried many different signs and wonders on Pharaoh to get his attention and release His people; however, God knew that Pharaoh would harden his heart, leading Him to the plague on the firstborn – the death of the firstborn Egyptian children.
So Moses said, “This is what the Lord says: ‘About midnight I will go throughout Egypt. Every firstborn son in Egypt will die, from the firstborn son of Pharaoh, who sits on the throne, to the firstborn son of the female slave, who is at her hand mill, and all the firstborn of the cattle as well. There will be loud wailing throughout Egypt—worse than there has ever been or ever will be again. (Exodus 11:4-6)
God did not allow this to happen because He is vengeful or evil; rather, He allowed this because He is just and because He was fighting for His people. He allowed the death of the Egyptians’ firstborn children to bring about His perfect will in the midst of a broken and sinful world.
Through it all, God protected and provided for His people. He told them this: “Obey these instructions as a lasting ordinance for you and your descendants. When you enter the land that the Lord will give you as he promised, observe this ceremony. And when your children ask you, ‘What does this ceremony mean to you?’ then tell them, ‘It is the Passover sacrifice to the Lord, who passed over the houses of the Israelites in Egypt and spared our homes when he struck down the Egyptians.’” Then the people bowed down and worshiped. The Israelites did just what the Lord commanded Moses and Aaron. (Exodus 12:24-28)
This Passover ceremony became a time of remembrance for the Israelites in order for them to recognize what God did for them – and to point them to the coming Savior who would later be the sacrificial Lamb who would fulfill our greatest need and the long-awaited prophecy.
What is God saying to you?
God was patient with Pharaoh, but He also knew that His plan would be accomplished. He longed for Pharaoh and the Egyptians to come to Him, as we read in 2 Peter 3:9: The Lord is not slow in keeping His promise, as some understand slowness. Instead He is patient with you, not wanting anyone to perish, but everyone to come to repentance.
But, in reality, we are all sinners in desperate need of a Savior. God sent us His Son to save us, but He will not soften our hearts for us. He is in the business of saving, and we all need Him – but we must accept and follow Jesus in order to receive God’s mercy and grace. Jesus is our Passover Lamb. He died in our place, and He is trying to get your attention today. What is He saying to you?