Many years before Jesus was born, God’s people were enslaved in Egypt. They were treated horribly and God was not pleased. God called Moses to command Pharaoh to let God’s people go.
Pharaoh was being stubborn and not letting God’s people go. God sent plagues to Egypt to show His power. God turned the water to blood, made the Egyptian animals sick, sent frogs, boils, and darkness. After each plague came, Moses went back to the Pharaoh to tell him to let God’s people go.
After God sent 9 different plagues Pharaoh was STILL keeping God’s people as his slaves. Finally through God Moses told Pharaoh the firstborn in the land of Egypt would die. Gods people were told to pack quickly to go on a journey. They were to bake unleavened bread and kill a lamb. Putting the blood of the lamb on their doorposts and eating the rest fully roasted. This would be the sign that the last plague should not come to that home.
God kept the Israelite people safe and Moses led them to freedom. Gods people are called to celebrate this to remember God’s blessings by telling the story again as well we eat unleavened bread and lamb. That is why Gods people, to this day, celebrate Passover with a Seder every year.
The Passover is named as such because the plague passed over the houses that were covered by the blood of the lamb and did not destroy the people of Israel. So we continue to celebrate! Especially after the sacrifice of Jesus who was called " The Lamb of God." John 1:36 When he saw Jesus passing by, he said, "Look, the Lamb of God!" 37. When the two disciples heard him say this, they followed Jesus. The blood that Christ shed upon that cross is powerful today as it was those thousand years back. His blood can protect just as the blood that was sprinkled over the door posts. We can know as Christians that we are covered by the blood of Jesus. It is through the blood and the victory of the cross that Satan is defeated. He has NO power over our lives! Amazingly we are so privileged to have Jesus as our very own Passover Lamb! He paid the penalty for our sins and took everything on himself so we can have access to God the Father through His sacrifice!
1 Corinthians 5:7 Get rid of the old yeast, so that you may be a new unleavened batch—as you really are. For Christ, our Passover lamb, has been sacrificed.
I don't know how it makes you feel to know that instead of you being punished for something you did wrong, someone who is pure and innocent just as a first-born lamb could take your place. Everything that should have been your punishment has been taken from you and put on someone else. To me that's mind blowing! By the sacrifice of Jesus we are off-the-hook! Jesus is known as a mediator. Someone who is in between the offender and the judge. Just imagine that you're in a court room for 1st degree murder and you have a solicitor (mediator) and a judge. The judge has told you to expect a heavy sentence which would probably be a death sentence. Just as you are about to be given that sentence the mediator says, "wait your honor, I would like to take the offenders place. Please let me take their place so they can go free". That's exactly what Jesus has done for us. He didn't have to. He could have said no. But He who was without sin, who was innocent and blameless just as a lamb chose to take our place. Taking our sin upon himself he died a horrific death on the cross. That's something to be grateful for!
There has to be a cry within our hearts that says " Because He died for me I want to follow His steps." 1 Peter 1:18 For you know that it was not with perishable things such as silver or gold that you were redeemed from the empty way of life handed down to you from your ancestors, 19. but with the precious blood of Christ, a lamb without blemish or defect.
There's a song what we sing in our church which goes...
There is power in the blood of the lamb
All the power to be what I am
For the Father has made me, a child of His grace
Its no longer I can't but I can.
Its so true that through the sacrifice of Jesus we can be who God has created us to be. We are His children. We are free from the yolk of slavery. We don't need to live in sin. We don't need to be timid or afraid because Jesus the sacrificial lamb of God has paid it all! "It is finished" were His dying words as He breathed His last Breathe and gave up His spirit! So we have everything we need to be effective for God and be a demonstration of His work in this world! Its no longer I can't, but rather, I can!! Lets celebrate everyday that we have a Passover lamb! Let our hearts rejoice in what has been and continues to be. As the Passover is still upon us today!
Mark Bl4zing is an english bulldog of a writer and promotions/recruiting manager for OmniGod