The Lamb that was slain from the foundation of the world…
The Passover Lamb
The Passover Lamb was the first sacrifice that Israel, as a nation, was commanded to make. Juxtaposed against the drama unfolding in the Exodus narrative, the Passover sacrifice strikes an indelible impression on the mind of the reader.
In that story, the stakes are very high. Death is coming to the land of Egypt. Even the Israelites will not be spared as the LORD comes to strike the firstborn of man and beast. It is a judgment from heaven, a terror in the night.
Merits of innocence and guilt are not considered. Faith and creed are irrelevant. The righteous will perish with the wicked. Previous plagues had shown particularity, sparing the Jews in the midst of Egypt. The tenth plague, however, will be completely impartial. Just as in life itself, death knows no boundaries, the tenth plague will strike Egyptian and Jewish homes alike.
Only those who are within homes marked by the blood of a lamb will be spared. Had the Egyptians imitated the ritual slaughter of the Pesach, marking their homes with the blood in like manner, they too would have been spared. The only criteria for salvation, in this instance at least, is the blood on the doorway.
Who’s Blood Is It?
Christianity has traditionally interpreted the Passover and particularly the blood on the doorway as a type of Messiah’s redeeming work. One midrash interprets the situation in an identical manner, except that the blood symbolized by the lamb’s blood is Isaac’s.
“What did God see [when he passed over the Israelites houses]? He saw the blood of the binding of Isaac: as it is said, ‘God will see for himself the lamb . . .'” Genesis 22:8, Macoby, 1988
In that midrash, the blood of the Passover lamb symbolizes the sacrifice of Abraham’s only son. The blood of Isaac serves as an atonement. God remembers Isaac’s sacrifice when he sees the lamb’s blood, and in the merit of Isaac’s willing self-sacrifice, he spares the blood-marked house from wrath.
The Christian interpretation is the same, but the names have changed. The blood of the Passover lamb symbolizes God’s only begotten son. The blood of Yeshua serves as an atonement. God remembers the Messiah’s sacrifice when he sees the lamb’s blood, and in merit of Messiah’s willing sacrifice, he spares that house from wrath.
[Sar Shalom – Messianic Jewish Community]
Note the highlighted words from God’s instructions, regarding the Passover sacrifice:
“…on the tenth day of this month each family must choose a lamb… The animal you select must be…with no defects…take special care of this chosen animal until the evening of the fourteenth day of this first month” (Exodus 12:1-13)
Have you ever kept a one-year-old lamb roaming loose in your house? Not to mention for four days? Well, neither had the Hebrews.
Remember that they were slaves whose living areas were probably small and cramped.
Can you imagine living in tight quarters with a one-year-old lamb? What would your house sound and smell like?
Lambs are about the nicest and cutess pet you could have.
How would your family, especially your children, react to after keeping this young lamb in your home for four days, and after having it become a part of your family, to then have to slaughter it and offer it as a sacrifice?
How do you think Abraham felt, after having waited 100 years to have Sarah give birth to Issac, to then be asked by God to offer him as a sacrifice?
We are told in John 3:16, “That God so LOVED the world that He gave His ONLY begotten Son…”
The message here is that even though SALVATION comes to us as a GIFT, by faith, it did not come cheap!!!
The point is, intimacy with Messiah Jesus is paramount to our receiving this GIFT from God, for the forgiveness of our sins and reconciliation back into God’s family.
Jesus CANNOT be our Saviour, unless we first make Him Lord of our life.
This is the price we must ALL pay to follow Jesus and be one of His disciples:
Then Jesus said His to disciples, “If anyone desires to come after Me, let him deny himself, and take up his cross, and follow Me.
1 John 2:6
He who says he abides in Him (Jesus) ought himself also to walk just as He (Jesus) walked.
It’s at this time of the year that we celebrate the RESURRECTION of our Lord Jesus, the Christ (Messiah) – who is Saviour of the World, where we acknowledge that after 3 days and nights in the grave, that Jesus walked out of that tomb, as our Risen Lord!
What is the significance of the Resurrection?
If you are already a Believer, then please allow me to wish you a blessed and happy Resurrection Day; but if your are not yet a Believer, then please come along with us and join the Adventure!