Passover

This year (2011) the Jewish Passover is 19 April. For the Christian, 17 April is Palm Sunday, 22 April is Good Friday, and 24 April is Easter Sunday. We know that the last celebration Jesus attended with His disciples was the Passover or Seder feast. It is interesting that the Lamb of God
should be offered at the same time as the remembrance of the Passover lamb. At this Passover, Jesus instituted the Lord’s Supper and He became our Passover lamb. “For even Christ our Passover is sacrificed for us” (1 Corinthians 5:7b). The significance of His words, “This is my body,” and “This is my blood which is shed for you,” completely changed our focus. No longer would men look back to the Lamb that delivered from Egypt’s bondage but would, instead, focus on the Lamb of God that takes away the sins of the world. There shall be no more sacrifices for the
complete and acceptable sacrifice for sin has been offered, and we are to REMEMBER that sacrifice.
        In the Old Testament God’s people were given an altar, and they were to come and make offerings and sacrifices which could not make them perfect or give God pleasure. “Above when he said, Sacrifice and offering and burnt offerings and offering for sin thou wouldest not, neither hadst pleasure therein; which are offered by the law” (Hebrews 10:8). When we come to the New Testament, we find God has given us a table (through the perfect and final sacrifice of Jesus Christ).We can have fellowship with Him because the sin debt is settled. The communion elements remind us of what the Lord Christ did for us. “And he took bread, and gave thanks, and brake it, and gave unto them, saying, This is my body which is given for you: this do in remembrance of me” (Luke 22:19). However, in Heaven we shall not gather at the altar but around the throne of God and worship the King of Kings and Lord of Lords, our Saviour!
        The Passover has many important lessons for us. There was a choice to be made. Exodus 12:5 gives us the specifications the sacrifice must meet. Exodus 12:3, 6 inform us that it must be examined from the 10th until the 14th of the month to be proven a worthy sacrifice. Then it must be
slain and the blood applied to the door post and lintels of the home. All inside were safe because of the blood.
        Jesus is God’s chosen sacrifice. From Palm Sunday until Good Friday was the period of examination. Jesus could stand before His accusers and say, (John 8:46) “Which of you convinceth me of sin? And if I say the truth, why do ye not believe me?” He is and ever has been sinless. He became our sacrifice and delivers us from the bondage of sin.
        Verification of God’s acceptance of Christ’s sacrificial death will come three days after burial. He was placed in a sealed tomb guarded by soldiers under the guise of keeping Him from being stolen from the tomb. But the stone that sealed the entrance, nor the guards that stood watch, or all the devils of Hell could keep the Prince of Life sealed in the place of death. Out He came victorious over death, Hell, and the grave. Now our Sacrifice has become our Intercessor, as well as our sovereign Lord and Master.

        It is somewhat irritating when people start talking about a death angel for nowhere in Scripture do we find such a being. Look at Exodus 12:12-13, “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.” Six times in two verses God plainly and clearly identifies Himself as being the One passing over. That is why it is called “The Lord’s Passover.”
        Our Lord is coming again, and He knows His own and will gather them unto Himself. No death angel will be seen, but our precious Lord who gave His life that we might have eternal life
will come for us. LOOK AT THE EMPTYTOMB