Wednesday, December 16, 2020

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Portraits of Christ – “Jesus, Our Passover”

It is amazing as you read through the Bible, the wonderful and yet vivid portraits of Christ that are highlighted in both the Old and New Testaments. One of the beautiful pictures of Christ is found Exodus 12:1-13 and 1 Corinthians 5:7

1 Corinthians 5:7-8 (KJV)
7 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:
8 Therefore let us keep the feast, not with old leaven, neither with the leaven of malice and wickedness; but with the unleavened bread of sincerity and truth.

Exodus 12:1-13 (KJV)
1 And the LORD spake unto Moses and Aaron in the land of Egypt, saying,
2 This month shall be unto you the beginning of months: it shall be the first month of the year to you.
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 neighbour 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.
8 And they shall eat the flesh in that night, roast with fire, and unleavened bread; and with bitter herbs they shall eat it.
9 Eat not of it raw, nor sodden at all with water, but roast with fire; his head with his legs, and with the purtenance thereof.
10 And ye shall let nothing of it remain until the morning; and that which remaineth of it until the morning ye shall burn with fire.
11 And thus shall ye eat it; with your loins girded, your shoes on your feet, and your staff in your hand; and ye shall eat it in haste: it is the LORD’S passover.
12 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.
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.

In going back to the Old Testament, we know the Passover feast was celebrated commemorating the time under Egypt’s rule where the firstborn male of each household of Israel were promised protection if the Israelites would kill a lamb and put the blood on the doorposts. The blood would appease God’s wrath and cause God to pass over them where the plague of judgment would be stayed from their households. To celebrate the feast, a family would eat a special Passover meal, and by sacrificing a lamb to make atonement for the sins of the family. Jesus became the fulfillment of the Passover. Christ, the Lamb of God must be perfect, without blemish and without sin. Because of meeting this standard, ONLY Jesus Christ is qualified to take away the sins of the world, including your sin.

John 1:29 (KJV)
29 The next day John seeth Jesus coming unto him, and saith, Behold the Lamb of God, which taketh away the sin of the world.

1 Peter 2:22 (KJV)
22 Who did no sin, neither was guile found in his mouth:

Attention Believers!

If you are a believer, it is a good thing to look back and thank God that the eternal judgment for sin (the 2nd death in the lake of fire) has passed over you. As a believer, then you be diligent to live your life in sincerity (purity) and truth as1 Corinthians 5:8 describes. What does it require for a believer to live in purity and in truth? It requires that you purge out the leaven (sin) in your life. The custom at Passover was to purge out anything and everything that was considered leaven or sinful in the home before celebrating the Passover. John Phillips said, ”This entailed a thorough-going spring cleaning, and was intended to depict the complete break with the old life in Egypt. It also anticipated the new life the Israelites were to live in fellowship with God once they had been redeemed. Every trace of leaven had to go. A diligent search through the whole house was pursued.” (John Phillips Commentary Series, The – Exploring 1 Corinthians: An Expository Commentary) This requires watchfulness and sensitivity. In 1 Corinthians 5, the church had lost sensitivity to sin, and were co-existing with sin within the body. The urgent thought connect with Christ our Passover is to purge sin out right now! Christ, our Passover died and shed His blood so sin could be purged, forgiven and cleansed. Beware dear Christian of becoming insensitive to sin and allowing leaven to build up in your heart.

Attention Unbelievers!

For those in Egypt without the blood on the doorpost, God’s judgment was sure and final. This pictures a sinful man or woman without Christ’s sacrifice! This picture is hopeless and helpless except for the beautiful portrait of Christ, the Passover who died and shed His blood in your place. If you by faith and repentance of sin take Christ as Saviour, then God’s eternal judgment for sin will pass over you. Christ can become your Passover today!

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