CHRIST, OUR PASSOVER


The book of I Corinthians 5:7 reveals to every Child of God that “…Christ our Passover is sacrificed for us”.

1 Corinthians 5:7 (KJV)

Purge out therefore the old leaven, that ye may be a new lump, as ye are unleavened. For even Christ our Passover is sacrificed for us:


The meaning of the word Passover as derived from Exodus 12:12, the first Passover ever, means TO SKIP OVER, TO EXEMPT, TO PASSOVER YOU! The Passover is celebrated yearly by the Jews to remember their escape from the land of Egypt. The book of John 6:4 describes the Passover as a feast of the Jews indicating that it was only celebrated by the Jews and not the Gentiles.


John 6:4-6 (KJV)

4 And the Passover, a feast of the Jews, was nigh.


The church of Jesus today does not need to go through the rigors of looking for a lamb to sacrifice because Jesus is our Passover lamb.



 

Why do the Jews celebrate the Passover?

The children of Israel were subjected to hard labor and lived as slaves in the land of Egypt. Through Moses, God told the ruling Pharaoh time and time again to set his people (the children of Israel) free, but Pharaoh bluntly refused in spite of the several signs and wonders. God, then told the children of Israel that the death angel would pass through the land of Egypt and kill all the first born- both man and beast (Exodus 12:12-14) but that they would be exempted.


On that night, the Jews (each family) were to get a physical lamb that was spotless. They were to sacrifice it and smear the blood of the lamb on their door posts. That blood on the door post became the mark of exemption for that particular household.


Exodus 12:3-7 King James Version (KJV)

3 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:

4 And if the household be too little for the lamb, let him and his neighbor 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.

5 Your lamb shall be without blemish, a male of the first year: ye shall take it out from the sheep, or from the goats:

6 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.

7 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.


On that dreadful night, they could hear their neighbors screaming; they could see the dread that was taking place. I imagine that some would have been tempted to ask, “Lord will your word come to pass? We have done what you asked us to do.” The word of the Lord came to pass and every first born in Egypt (man and beast) died but the Jews were exempted from the disaster. By this time Pharaoh was in a hurry to let the children of Israel go!


From that night on, the Jews by the instruction of God (Exodus 12:14), celebrated the Passover feast as memorial to remember that night when the death angel passed over them and how the Lord took them out of Egypt; the land of Sin, the land of bondage, the land of iniquity and everything terrible and took them into the land of Promise.


Exodus 12:14 (KJV)

14 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.

When Jesus came, he did not abolish the Passover, in fact Jesus also celebrated Passover, but on one occasion he said to the disciples “tonight is the last night I will be drinking of this fruit with you, I will not drink it until I am in my father’s kingdom”.


In Matthew 26 Jesus said this:

Matthew 26:29 (KJV)

29 But I say unto you, I will not drink henceforth of this fruit of the vine, until that day when I drink it new with you in my Father's kingdom.


In other words, He was letting them know that the era of this celebration is coming to an end; He was going to begin a new order. The reason is, the Passover of the Jews was but a token, a sign (Exodus 12:13) indicating that the real one was about to come.


Exodus 12:13 (KJV)

13 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


Unlike when they needed a physical lamb and physical blood to smear on their door posts, a new era was coming when he; Jesus would be the perfect sacrifice - the Lamb of God who will bear the sins of all humanity and die in their place once and for all.

The Jewish Passover was restricted to the Jews but Jesus allowed himself to be sacrificed, to take our place, so that every man on earth, (Jews and Gentiles) can have access to God. Yes! Jesus shed his blood on behalf of the entire human race.

The Holy Spirit therefore, wants us to know through Paul in the book of first Corinthians that Christ (Jesus) is our Passover. That means he is the reason for our exemption, our protection from all that Satan and hell might want to throw at us.


1 Corinthians 5:7 (KJV)

Purge out therefore the old leaven, that ye may be a new lump, as ye are unleavened. For even Christ our Passover is sacrificed for us:


Just as the blood of the goat /lamb became a reason to be exempted from death and disaster in the land of Egypt, the blood of Jesus is our exemption, and the final seal of our deliverance from Satan and his cohorts.

Unlike the blood of Jesus which was shed once and for all (Hebrews 9:24-28), in commemorating the Jewish Passover, the high priest had to do this once every year with the blood of a spotless animal (lamb or goat) as revealed in the verse below;


Hebrews 9:6-7 (KJV)

6 Now when these things were thus ordained, the priests went always into the first tabernacle, accomplishing the service of God.

7 But into the second went the high priest alone once every year, not without blood, which he offered for himself, and for the errors of the people:


In verse 9 it says that the offering of the lamb did not make perfect. It did not make the priest who offered it perfect or the people who he represented perfect.

This yearly sacrifice was imperfect in the sense that it could not blot out their sins and therefore, it could not free them form having a sin consciousness.


Hebrews 9:9-10  (KJV)

9 Which was a figure for the time then present, in which were offered both gifts and sacrifices, that could not make him that did the service perfect, as pertaining to the conscience;

10 Which stood only in meats and drinks, and divers washings, and carnal ordinances, imposed on them until the time of reformation.


Jesus, the Lamb of God became the perfect sacrifice. He was without sin and his blood accomplished what the blood of lambs, goats and bulls could never do. His blood did not only cleanse us from all sins, it went ahead to purge our conscience from dead works.


Colossians 2:14 (KJV)

14 Blotting out the handwriting of ordinances that was against us, which was contrary to us, and took it out of the way, nailing it to his cross;


Brothers and sisters, our debts have been paid in full. There is no need for the guilt or shame anymore. Christ is our Passover! We are now free to serve the living God. Hallelujah!

Whenever you hear of a life threatening situation in your vicinity, do not succumb to fear. If you are born again then Christ is your Passover and you have already been singled out for exemption! Make this your everyday consciousness and experience all round protection and victory. Hallelujah!

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