Jesus, The Passover Lamb ?: One Act Solves Two Problems?

While the Israelites were still in the land of Egypt, the Lord gave the following instructions to Moses and Aaron:

“Celebrate this Festival of Unleavened Bread, for it will remind you that I brought your forces out of the land of Egypt on this very day. This festival will be a permanent law for you; celebrate this day from generation to generation…Then your children will ask, ‘What does this ceremony mean?’ And you will reply, ‘It is the Passover sacrifice to the Lord, for he passed over the houses of the Israelites in Egypt. And though he struck the Egyptians, he spared our families.” When Moses had finished speaking, all the people bowed down to the ground and worshipped.

‭‭Exodus‬ ‭12:1, 17, 26-27‬ ‭NLT

   Welcome to Part 6 of our 7-part series based on the sermon by Bishop Bob Alonge that outlines 7 important things to note about the Passover. In the first article of this series, we noted that the Passover was beneficial to both God and man. In the second article, we noted that God told the Israelites to celebrate the Passover every year; passing on from generation to generation, the memory of what God did for them in Egypt – liberation from slavery and oppression. We too, when taking the communion and in other Christian practices, remember that Jesus’ sacrifice brought us forgiveness and freedom from sin, disease, Hell & so much more! 

 In the third article, we noted that God commanded the Israelites to eat bread without leaven (yeast) which symbolises a life without sin. In the fourth article, we recognised that God’s commandment, for the entire lamb to be roasted by fire and eaten with no leftovers, was to emphasise the Holiness of the sacrifice. In the fifth article, we noted that a lamb was chosen to save an entire household, and Jesus does the same for our families and communities but we must choose Him by Faith. 

 The sixth thing to note is the meaning behind the Passover; by one act God solved two problems.  God struck down the enemy of Israel and at the same time liberated His people. You see when there was gross darkness in Egypt there was light in the midst of God’s people. For us as Believers, what Christ did for us on the Cross was to fulfil all that was required for our redemption. Nothing is holding us back from God except we choose not to receive Him by faith because Jesus the Christ has proclaimed; It Is Finished! This means the enemy cannot condemn you, he cannot hold anything against You because You have been redeemed by the Blood of the Eternal Passover lamb. 

But to all who believed Him {Jesus} and accepted Him, He gave the right to become children of God. They are reborn—not with a physical birth resulting from human passion or plan, but a birth that comes from God.

‭‭John‬ ‭1:12-13‬ ‭NLT‬‬

  But Jesus did not only fulfil all that was required for our redemption, He restored us to our position of righteousness with God, He made us into sons and daughters so that we can confidently and boldly call God “Abba, Father!” (Romans 8:15). The Greek word “Soteria” is the world that we have translated to salvation in English, but there is so much more to it than just saving someone from harm. Soteria means to restore to wholeness, and that is what Christ has done for us; through Him, we are completely restored into all that God had intended for humanity at the beginning of time. Everything that Adam lost, Jesus took back for us. We receive, experience and understand by faith, the Salvation Jesus Christ has given us. We are sanctified, we are saved, and now, we reign on Earth by One, Christ Jesus. Today, we can boldly proclaim that the Lamb of the Passover is fulfilled and now the Lion of Judah, the King of kings is at large! 

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