Monday, January 21, 2013

Jesus Our Passover - A Special Celebration

Exodus 12:1-30

Jesus is our Passover. "Behold, the Lamb of God who takes away the sins of the world!" (John 1:29)  This festival of freedom provided by God alone is our eternal celebration and practice. The only appropriate response to all He has done is to live in that freedom. "Clean out the old yeast so that you may be a new batch. You are indeed unleavened, for Christ our Passover has been sacrificed." (1 Cor. 5:7)  This first Passover was an annual event. Jesus is the Everlasting Passover. The first required continual sacrifice. Jesus is the finished sacrifice. Yet the picture of Christ in the first Passover is clear and rich. Jesus is our new beginning (v.2). He sets us free the moment we believe (v.11).  His blood is fully sufficient to protect us from the wrath of God coming upon all unrighteousness and the unrighteous (v.12-13). He cannot be approached lightly (v.14-16). He is our hiding place (v.21-23). He is our Gospel (v.24-30).  He is God, the God who saves sinners.