Contend Earnestly: Passover and Christ: Part II

Wednesday, April 08, 2009

Passover and Christ: Part II

Moreover, they shall take some of the blood and put it on the two doorposts and on the lintel of the houses in which they eat it. They shall eat the flesh that same night, roasted with fire, and they shall eat it with unleavened bread and bitter herbs. Do not eat any of it raw or boiled at all with water, but rather roasted with fire, both its head and its legs along with its entrails. And you shall not leave any of it over until morning, but whatever is left of it until morning, you shall burn with fire.
Exodus 12:7-10

I will cover later the feast of unleavened bread to show how Christ is seen there, but here we see a peak of Christ in this part of Exodus 12. This part of the Passover, when speaking of Christ, is why early Christians were spoken of as being cannibals. Christ said, "this is my body, take and eat." Again, showing that he was the Passover Lamb who was to be eaten after he was slain. The lamb was to become part of their bodies, to be immersed within. The same is with Christ. When the Passover Lamb, becomes our Passover Lamb, he lives within us and immerses us with his Spirit. Just as there was nothing left of the Passover lamb after it was slain, neither was their life within Christ as he completely gave up his life on the cross.

Now you shall eat it in this manner: with your loins girded, your sandals on your feet, and your staff in your hand; and you shall eat it in haste—it is the Lord’s Passover. For I will go through the land of Egypt on that night, and will strike down all the firstborn in the land of Egypt, both man and beast; and against all the gods of Egypt I will execute judgments—I am the Lord. The blood shall be a sign for you on the houses where you live; and when I see the blood I will pass over you, and no plague will befall you to destroy you when I strike the land of Egypt.
Exodus 12:11-13

Just as the lamb was spread over the doorposts of the houses to cover them and sanctify them, so Christ's blood is given to us as a sign of his righteousness passed to us in exchange for our sin.

being justified as a gift by His grace through the redemption which is in Christ Jesus; whom God displayed publicly as a propitiation in His blood through faith. This was to demonstrate His righteousness, because in the forbearance of God He passed over the sins previously committed; for the demonstration, I say, of His righteousness at the present time, so that He would be just and the justifier of the one who has faith in Jesus.
Romans 3:24-26

The fulfillment in Christ as the Passover Lamb is simply overwhelming as he is made a public display of our sin as the lamb in the time of Egypt was publicly slain and its blood shown forth on each believer's house.

It is interesting to see that Christ is shown to be the second Adam to save us from our head just as the Passover lamb was to save the firstborn in each household. Christ is seen even more than the first Adam and the first passover lamb. Because unlike the first Adam and the Passover lambs, Christ didn't stay in the grave. So, not only did he fulfill these things, he went even further than they were able. Adam and the Passover lamb both condemned and reminded us of our sins, but Christ pays for our sins and rises again so that we might not die, but be brought to God.

He is the image of the invisible God, the firstborn of all creation. For by Him all things were created, both in the heavens and on earth, visible and invisible, whether thrones or dominions or rulers or authorities—all things have been created through Him and for Him. He is before all things, and in Him all things hold together. He is also head of the body, the church; and He is the beginning, the firstborn from the dead, so that He Himself will come to have first place in everything.
Colossians 1:15-18

We can see that in this passage that he is not only takes the place of the firstborn of all creation, namely Adam, but he also takes the place of the firstborn of the dead, namely the Passover lamb.

This was so Christ would have first place, highest significance, in everything.

The question for you is: "Does he?" Has he been sanctified, or set apart, in your heart? Is Christ your Passover Lamb who has taken away the sins of the world?

This question must be answered.


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