Speak ye unto all the congregation of Israel, saying, In the tenth day of this month they shall take to them every man a lamb, according to the house of their fathers, a lamb for an house: And if the household be too little for the lamb, let him and his neighbour next unto his house take it according to the number of the souls; every man according to his eating shall make your count for the lamb. Exodus 12:3-4
With the final plague of death about to “Passover” , its time now for God to institute the Passover Lamb. This is a very significant event, not just for Jews but for Christians also. This is a foreshadow of the sacrifice of our Lord Jesus Christ, to once and for all, take the penalty for our sin
As you study the details of the Passover event, think about how this applies to Christ and how he laid down his life for the sins of the world. Details matter, and they bring a significant foreshadow of the events to come in the New Covenant
Your lamb shall be without blemish, a male of the first year: ye shall take it out from the sheep, or from the goats: And ye shall keep it up until the fourteenth day of the same month: and the whole assembly of the congregation of Israel shall kill it in the evening. Exodus 12:5-6
Notice The Lamb needs to be a spotless lamb with no blemish. Jesus is the sinless Lamb of God, (1 Peter 1:19) In order for Jesus to pay the atonement for your sin, he must be sinless. Those who reject the deity of Christ, have to answer the question, how can a man fulfill this requirement? As Jesus himself said “Nobody is good (morally perfect) except God alone” (Mark 10 :18) Hence Jesus declaring himself God
And they shall take of the blood, and strike it on the two side posts and on the upper door post of the houses, wherein they shall eat it. Exodus 12:7
The blood of The Lamb then was required to be put on the doorposts of the houses of those who were saved by the Lamb. The Bible tells us “The blood of Jesus cleanses us from all sin “ (1 John 1:7) Jesus also said that “He is the door and we must enter through him” (John 10:9) All these foreshadows of Christ to come are right here at the Passover!
For I will pass through the land of Egypt this night, and will smite all the firstborn in the land of Egypt, both man and beast; and against all the gods of Egypt I will execute judgment: I am the LORD. And the blood shall be to you for a token upon the houses where ye are: and when I see the blood, I will pass over you, and the plague shall not be upon you to destroy you, when I smite the land of Egypt. Exodus 12:12-13
The plague of death is now passing over the land of Egypt, just as we are all under the curse of death still today. However anyones home who is covered by the blood of The Lamb will be saved. This is the same today, as anyone who is covered by the blood of the Lamb of God Jesus will be saved!
The next day John seeth Jesus coming unto him, and saith, Behold the Lamb of God, which taketh away the sin of the world. John 1:29
John the Baptist, who Jesus declared the greatest of all prophets (Matthew 11:11) confirmed that Jesus is The Lamb of God who took away the sins of the world. The Passover is not just for the Israelites, the Passover was for Christians also! Amen!