This Wednesday marked the beginning of an 8-day celebration of God’s salvation. The celebration’s first day is called Passover. It is the day that honors two incredible events in which our God rescued His creation. The first came thousands of years ago when God brought Israel out of Egypt after bringing the world’s mightiest empire to its knees. It came after a series of plagues designed to deface the gods of Egypt and show God’s glory. The second event came about 2000 years ago in the person of Jesus. This was the greater Passover. The target was not Egypt, it was sin and death. It wasn’t meant to free us from just a temporal slavery, but a spiritual and eternal one. It didn’t defeat the gods of an empire but the Prince of evil himself…satan. Both required blood…the blood of a lamb…but the one was far more precious. A couple days later, many around the world come together for what is referred to as Good Friday. It honors the sacrifice and death of Jesus of Nazareth…both man and divine…God in the flesh. Passover is the event on which Good Friday’s sacrifice took place. Because Jesus is the Passover Lamb of God.
The following are parallels between the lamb in the Feast of Passover as described in Exodus chapter 12 and the ultimate Passover Lamb, Jesus Christ. It’s great evidence that the Passover in Egypt was meant to prepare the world for the coming Messiah. Enjoy the study!
|The Lamb||Exodus 12:3||John 1:29
1 Cor. 5:7
|Chosen ahead of time||Exodus 12:3||1 Peter 1:20-21|
|Without Blemish||Exodus 12:5||1 Peter 1:17-19
2 Cor. 5:21
|Thoroughly Examined||Exodus 12:6||Luke 22:66-23:15|
|Killed by the people||Exodus 12:6||John 19:12-16|
|Killed in the evening||Exodus 12:6||Mark 15:33-39|
|The Lamb’s blood was shed||Exodus 12:7||Luke 22:14-20|
|The blood saves us from God’s Judgement||Exodus 12:7, 12-13||Hebrews 9:13-14
1 John 1:7
ALL of Revelation 5