The Passover Lamb
Exodus 12:3, 5-14 “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:”
1. Jesus was without sin.
“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:”
2. He was crucified on a cross to take our punishment.
“and the whole assembly of the congregation of Israel shall kill it in the evening. 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.”
3. All was done to make us holy.
“And they shall eat the flesh in that night, roast with fire, and unleavened bread; and with bitter herbs they shall eat it. Eat not of it raw, nor sodden at all with water, but roast with fire; his head with his legs, and with the purtenance thereof. And ye shall let nothing of it remain until the morning; and that which remaineth of it until the morning ye shall burn with fire.
And thus shall ye eat it; with your loins girded, your shoes on your feet, and your staff in your hand; and ye shall eat it in haste: it is the LORD's passover.”
4. All was done to protect us from Himself in the day of judgment.
“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.
5. We keep the Lord’s Supper, much like the Passover, to remind ourselves of His sacrifice.
“And this day shall be unto you for a memorial; and ye shall keep it a feast to the LORD throughout your generations; ye shall keep it a feast by an ordinance for ever.”
6. We are called to help others escape the wrath to come.
V48 “And when a stranger shall sojourn with thee, and will keep the passover to the LORD, let all his males be circumcised, and then let him come near and keep it; and he shall be as one that is born in the land: for no uncircumcised person shall eat thereof.”
LESSON - When you consider that our hearts are as wicked and hard as Pharaoh’s heart (Jer. 17:9, 10), you will begin to fathom the grace and mercy that God extended towards us. We are sinners! Through Christ, we have escaped HIS judgment! One day we will enter Heaven not because of our good works, our high moral character, or our religious piety. We will be granted entrance into Heaven if by faith He sees His blood applied to the door of our hearts. Has the blood of Christ been applied to the door of your heart AND your home?