Iíve Been Redeemed by the Blood of the Lamb

Passover, ďThen and NowĒ

A Better Sacrifice

 

1.            Sacrifice lamb without blemish. Exo 12:5

2.            Lamb to be a year old. Exo 12:5

3.            The sacrifice could be a lamb or a kid. Exo 12:5

4.            Lambís death was involuntary. Exo 12:5

5.            Lamb of man. Exo 12:5

6.            Blood applied to manís dwelling. Exo 12:7

7.            Many sacrifices required. Exo 12:3

8.            Blood spilled for one family. Exo 12:3

9.            Involved a family relationship. Exo 12:3

10.            Was a home observance. Exo 12:7

11.            Continued year by year. Exo 12:14

12.            People saved for life. Exo 12:13

13.            For a particular lineage. Exo 12:51

14.            At a particular time in history. Exo 12:51

15.            Unprotected firstborn died. Exo 12:12

16.            Uncircumcised, not allowed to participate. Exo 12:48

17.            Flesh was literally eaten. Exo 12:8

18.            Remains discarded. Exo 12:10

19.            Could also be sacrificed on 14th day of second month. Num 9:10-11

1.            Sacrifice man without blemish. 1 Pet 1:19

2.            Lamb was 33 years old. Luke 3:23

3.            Only Jesus was qualified for sacrifice. 1 Tim 2:5

4.            Lambís death was voluntary. John 10:17

5.            Lamb of God. John 1:29

6.            Blood applied to Godís dwelling. 1 Cor 6:19

7.            One sacrifice required. Heb 9:22

8.            Blood spilled for all families. John 12:32

9.            Involves a personal relationship. Acts 2:38

10.            Became a public observance.

11.            No further sacrifices required. Dan 9:27

12.            People saved for eternity. John 5:24

13.            For all people. John 3:16

14.            For all of history.

15.            All unprotected people die. Mat 25:46

16.            Now, all believers are allowed to participate. Col 3:11

17.            Flesh symbolically eaten. Luke 22:19

18.            Remains preserved. Acts 13:37

19.            No second sacrifice is possible. He was the final sacrifice. Heb 10:6

 


SoÖ Whatís the point?

 

Simply this Ö God desires not sacrifice but a people reconciled to Him. The message is not in the similarities and the differences but in the acknowledgment of what has been done for us. Let us not lose sight of the forest because of all the trees. Let us not substitute analogies for fact.

 

I mentioned earlier that Christ was a man without blemish. This is true, but probably only in the moral and spiritual sense whereas the Passover Lamb was unblemished only in the physical sense. Certainly by the time He was to be sacrificed, that is crucified, He was greatly blemished. Let us then support the spiritual man and look beyond the flesh that will pass away. We can differ on the physical details but we must acknowledge this fundamental truth, He died that we might have life and life more abundantly; That is, eternally. He died that eternal death might Pass-over us. This truth is of over-riding importance. Celebrate according to the understanding given you, but remember God is more interested in your heart and your submission and your willingness than he is in your powers of reasoning and rationalization.

 

(Exo 13:3)Then Moses said to the people, "Commemorate this day, the day you came out of Egypt, out of the land of slavery, because the LORD brought you out of it with a mighty hand.

 

(Exo 12:26)And when your children ask you, 'What does this ceremony mean to you?' (27) then tell them, 'It is the Passover sacrifice to the LORD, who passed over the houses of the Israelites in Egypt and spared our homes when he struck down the Egyptians.'" Then the people bowed down and worshiped. (12:28) The Israelites did just what the LORD commanded Moses and Aaron.

 

Allow me to answer the question of Exodus 12:26 with New Testament scripture.

*†† And when your children ask you, 'What does this ceremony mean to you?í then tell them Ö

*†† John 3:16"For God so loved the world that he gave his one and only Son, that whoever believes in him shall not perish but have eternal life. (17) For God did not send his Son into the world to condemn the world, but to save the world through him.

*†† John 1:29 "Behold, the Lamb of God, who takes away the sin of the world!

*†† (Phil 3:3)For we are the true circumcision, who worship God in spirit, and glory in Christ Jesus, and put no confidence in the flesh

*†† That is what Passover is really all about!

 

We will celebrate the remembrance of the Lordís Supper this Friday at 7:30 p.m. You should bring only yourself, your Bible, and a desire to be blessed. This remembrance is a solemn event and so I will close with these verses given by Paul to the church at Corinth.

(1 Cor 11:20-34 NIV)When you come together, it is not the Lord's Supper you eat, {21} for as you eat, each of you goes ahead without waiting for anybody else. One remains hungry, another gets drunk. {22} Don't you have homes to eat and drink in? Or do you despise the church of God and humiliate those who have nothing? What shall I say to you? Shall I praise you for this? Certainly not! {23} For I received from the Lord what I also passed on to you: The Lord Jesus, on the night he was betrayed, took bread, {24} and when he had given thanks, he broke it and said, "This is my body, which is for you; do this in remembrance of me." {25} In the same way, after supper he took the cup, saying, "This cup is the new covenant in my blood; do this, whenever you drink it, in remembrance of me." {26} For whenever you eat this bread and drink this cup, you proclaim the Lord's death until he comes. {27} Therefore, whoever eats the bread or drinks the cup of the Lord in an unworthy manner will be guilty of sinning against the body and blood of the Lord. {28} A man ought to examine himself before he eats of the bread and drinks of the cup. {29} For anyone who eats and drinks without recognizing the body of the Lord eats and drinks judgment on himself. {30} That is why many among you are weak and sick, and a number of you have fallen asleep. {31} But if we judged ourselves, we would not come under judgment. {32} When we are judged by the Lord, we are being disciplined so that we will not be condemned with the world. {33} So then, my brothers, when you come together to eat, wait for each other. {34} If anyone is hungry, he should eat at home, so that when you meet together it may not result in judgment. And when I come I will give further directions.