The Blood Of Christ

I spent all of Holy Week studying the Passover. My goal was to clearly and concisely define the various terms used to explain salvation through faith in the shed blood of our Lord Jesus Christ (savior, redemption, sacrifice, blood, lamb, atonement, repentance) in time for Easter. However, the more I studied the Passover the more I was drawn in.

Within the subject of the Passover, we have a picture of salvation. However, during my research something began to happen to me. I am still trying to understand this dynamic change that is taking place in me.

Therefore, even though Easter has come and gone, I am studying the blood of Jesus Christ. I will not stop seeking until I understand clearly how all of this is relevant to our freedom in Christ.

What can we learn about the blood from the Passover? Last time I presented the first part of Matthew Henry’s commentary on the Passover because I felt his was the most clear and applicable. Here is the second part of his account of Exodus 12:1-20:

2. The sprinkling of the blood was typical. The blood of the lamb must be sprinkled, denoting the applying of the merits of Christ's death to our souls; we must receive the atonement, Romans 5:11.

Faith is the bunch of hyssop, by which we apply the promises, and the benefits of the blood of Christ laid up in them, to ourselves. It was to be sprinkled on the door-posts, denoting the open profession we are to make of faith in Christ.

It was not to be sprinkled upon the threshold; which cautions us to take heed of trampling under foot the blood of the covenant. It is precious blood, and must be precious to us.

The blood, thus sprinkled, was a means of preserving the Israelites from the destroying angel, who had nothing to do where the blood was. The blood of Christ is the believer's protection from the wrath of God, the curse of the law, and the damnation of hell, Romans 8:1.

3. The solemn eating of the lamb was typical of our gospel duty to Christ. The paschal lamb was not to be looked upon only, but to be fed upon. So we must by faith make Christ our own; and we must receive spiritual strength and nourishment from him, as from our food, see John 6:53-55.

It was all to be eaten; those who by faith feed upon Christ, must feed upon a whole Christ; they must take Christ and his yoke, Christ and his cross, as well as Christ and his crown.

It was to be eaten at once, not put by till morning. To-day Christ is offered, and is to be accepted while it is called to-day, before we sleep the sleep of death.

It was to be eaten with bitter herbs, in remembrance of the bitterness of their bondage in Egypt; we must feed upon Christ with sorrow and brokenness of heart, in remembrance of sin. Christ will be sweet to us, if sin be bitter.

It was to be eaten standing, with their staves in their hands, as being ready to depart. When we feed upon Christ by faith, we must forsake the rule and the dominion of sin; sit loose to the world, and every thing in it; forsake all for Christ, and reckon it no bad bargain, Hebrews 13:13, 14.

4. The feast of unleavened bread was typical of the Christian life, 1 Corinthians 5:7, 8. Having received Christ Jesus the Lord, we must continually delight ourselves in Christ Jesus. No manner of work must be done, that is, no care admitted and indulged which does not agree with, or would lessen this holy joy.

The Jews were very strict as to the Passover, so that no leaven should be found in their houses. It must be a feast kept in charity [love], without the leaven of malice [hatred]; and in sincerity, without the leaven of hypocrisy [pretense].

It was by an ordinance forever; so long as we live we must continue feeding upon Christ, rejoicing in him always, with thankful mention of the great things he has done for us.