Christ Our Passover

“The blood shall be for a token or sign to you upon [the doorposts of] the houses where you are, [that] when I see the blood, I will pass over you, and no plague shall be upon you to destroy you when I smite the land of Egypt.” Exodus 12:13 Amplified Bible

My attempt to answer some hard questions surrounding the death and resurrection of Jesus Christ was mostly because I wanted to provide answers for people seeking spiritual truth. Yet, deep in my heart, I am certain there are truths God wants to reveal to me.

Honestly, it is not necessary to obtain extensive spiritual knowledge to receive Christ. He is powerful enough to make Himself real in your life with little knowledge of His Word. He did that for me. However, for many years afterward I also walked in chains instead of freedom because of the things I did not know about God’s Word.

Reading and understanding the history of how God orchestrated the redemption (buying out of bondage) of humanity in the Bible is awe-inspiring. In fact, I have no words to adequately describe it. It is an experience like no other.

I found the material for this post in my extensive study of the Passover, which is the season we are presently in. Dr. Henrietta Mears summarizes the meaning of the Passover in What the Bible Is all about:

Exodus 12 gives us the thrilling story of the Passover, the clearest Old Testament picture of our individual salvation through faith in the shed blood of our Lord Jesus Christ. In this chapter is the basis for calling Christ the ‘Lamb of God, Christ our Passover,’ and the many tender references to His crucifixion as the death of our own Passover Lamb.

In my research, I felt Matthew Henry presented a wonderful commentary on this particular event. Here is an account from Matthew Henry’s Concise Commentary, on Exodus 12:1-20:

The Lord makes all things new to those whom he delivers from the bondage of Satan, and takes to himself to be his people. The time when he does this is to them the beginning of a new life.

God appointed that, on the night wherein they were to go out of Egypt, each family should kill a lamb, or that two or three families, if small, should kill one lamb. This lamb was to be eaten in the manner here directed, and the blood to be sprinkled on the door-posts, to mark the houses of the Israelites from those of the Egyptians.

The angel of the Lord, when destroying the first-born of the Egyptians, would pass over the houses marked by the blood of the lamb: hence the name of this holy feast or ordinance.

The Passover was to be kept every year, both as a remembrance of Israel's preservation and deliverance out of Egypt, and as a remarkable type of Christ.

Their safety and deliverance were not a reward of their own righteousness, but the gift of mercy. Of this they were reminded, and by this ordinance they were taught, that all blessings came to them through the shedding and sprinkling of blood.

Observe, 1. The paschal lamb was typical. Christ is our Passover, 1 Corinthians 5:7. Christ is the Lamb of God, John 1:29; often in the Revelation he is called the Lamb. It was to be in its prime; Christ offered up himself in the midst of his days, not when a babe at Bethlehem. It was to be without blemish; the Lord Jesus was a Lamb without spot: the judge who condemned Christ declared him innocent.

It was to be set apart four days before, denoting the marking out of the Lord Jesus to be a Saviour, both in the purpose and in the promise. [As Christ was crucified at the Passover, so he solemnly entered into Jerusalem four days before the very day that the paschal lamb was set apart.] It was to be slain, and roasted with fire, denoting the painful sufferings of the Lord Jesus, even unto death, the death of the cross. The wrath of God is as fire, and Christ was made a curse for us. Not a bone of it must be broken, which was fulfilled in Christ, John 19:33, denoting the unbroken strength of the Lord Jesus.