Day 11

Jesus Is The True & Better Passover Lamb

from the Advent 2015: Born Is The King reading plan

Exodus 12:1-28, John 1:29, 1 Peter 1:18-19, 1 Corinthians 5:7-8

BY Andrea Lucado

Text: Exodus 12:1-28, John 1:29, 1 Peter 1:18-19, 1 Corinthians 5:7-8

A couple of years ago, I visited Israel. It was April and by the time my group arrived in Jerusalem, preparation for Passover was in full swing. You couldn’t find a loaf of leavened bread anywhere. Hotels were hustling to get things just right for the guests who would soon arrive, and locals were taking off to resorts. (Apparently Passover is also a popular week to vacation in Israel.)

It was pretty incredible to be in the Holy City at around the same time of year that Jesus would have arrived in Jerusalem for His final Passover, for the final Passover.

On the way there, I sat by a guy on the plane who had been born and raised in Jerusalem. He told me that his parents liked to host visitors in their home to serve religious meals on Sabbath and Passover and teach them the history of the rituals.

I imagine for the seder, the meal eaten on the first night of Passover, they would explain the passage in Exodus 12 we read today. The unleavened bread. The slaughter of the lamb. They would explain what the blood meant and how their ancestors, so many years ago, were saved by that blood painted over their doors. By God’s grace, the angel of death passed over them (Exodus 12:13).

Because so many Christians make the pilgrimage to Jerusalem, my friend on the plane said most of the guests his parents host are believers. I thought that was interesting. How differently a Christian must experience a Passover meal compared to an Orthodox Jew. The two may be eating and drinking the very same thing, but they are likely thinking and feeling something completely different. One celebrates the night of the first Passover when the blood of the lamb saved the lives of Israel’s firstborn sons. The other celebrates the night of the last Passover when the blood of the Lamb made the final atonement for our sin so we can be saved, eternally (1 Corinthians 5:7).

Although Christ’s sacrifice is the event of Christianity—the foundational truth that establishes it as a faith and sets us apart as Christ followers—I almost daily lose sight of its significance. I rarely follow the instruction Paul gives to the Corinthians, to live a life that “observes the feast” (1 Corinthians 5:8).

More often than not, I live under the weight of my own sin, as if Christ’s sacrifice isn’t enough to cover my own transgressions. I look around frantically for solutions to fix what I have broken, but overcorrecting only leads me to legalism—the opposite of freedom in Christ. This is why I love the reminder Peter gives about the assurance of our salvation:

For you know that you were redeemed from your empty way of life inherited from the fathers, not with perishable things like silver and gold, but with the precious blood of Christ, like that of a lamb without defect or blemish.
-1 Peter 1:18-19

The blood of the Lamb is not perishable. What a promise! Our salvation in Christ does not have an expiration date. It was a one-time-deal, a forever-atoned exchange that means we are forever accepted. Because of Jesus, the true and better Passover Lamb, we now live free, the chains of sin eternally broken.

I wish we could all sit at a table together and partake of the seder meal. But since we can’t, let’s imagine it. Let’s virtually raise our glasses and promise each other that today we will keep the feast, even as we anticipate the wedding supper of the Lamb that is yet to come (Revelation 19:9).


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  1. IVETTE says:

    Hallelujah! How exciting it is to know that my JESUS has redeemed me by His shed blood on calvary!! JOY!

  2. TAH says:

    The sacrifice of the first Passover lamb and the application of its blood protected them from the death angel, and preceded their deliverance from Egypt’s bondage (which is symbolic of our deliverance from sin). The blood of Christ, the Lamb of God, not only atoned for our sins, but redeemed us back to God. Redemption under the old law was two-fold. It repaid or forgave the debt, and also freed the person or object from the ownership of and service to the bondholder. We were in bondage to sin, unable to free ourselves from the power of sin, Satan, and self. The precious Lamb of God paid our debt, allowing us to be forgiven; and, His sacrifice bought us back to God, no longer in bondage to sin, Satan, or self; we now belong to God and are empowered to reign over sin every day, and live our lives for the glory of God, according to His will, by His enabling grace. Rev. 5:6-10: …in the midst …stood a Lamb as it had been slain… thou wast slain, and hast redeemed us to God by thy blood… and hast made us unto our God kings (power to reign) and priests (offering acceptable sacrifices): and we shall reign on the earth (here and now). The instruction of Paul in 1 Cor. 5:7-8 is that we need to do more than keep a traditional Passover ceremony, but instead purge out the old leaven of sin and mere tradition, and live our daily lives in purity and truth.

  3. jess1215 says:

    I love that…”keep the feast”. This so hard to do, at least in our society, we are so overwhelmed with “things”. Things to do…things to get…things to say…things to e-mail…things to do for our jobs. I often don’t stop and think about much of anything but what I am doing in that moment. I am praying God will show me how to integrate Him into all my thoughts and that I can “keep the feast” no matter what I am doing!

  4. Nina says:

    So well written – thank you! Shalom!

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