Pass Over It
- Christian Living
- Dr Eliezer Gonzalez
- Old Testament
Mar 25, 2019 1508
The meaning of Passover celebration is found in the very first Passover.
God told the Children of Israel to apply the blood of a lamb to the doorways of their homes. He said that on the night he would strike the Egyptians with a deadly plague, and it would be the day of liberation for his people:
When I see the blood, I will pass over you(Ex 12:13, NIV).
Of course, this has deep meaning in terms of our salvation. The New Testament tells us that,
Christ, our Passover, was sacrificed for us(1 Cor 5:7, NKJV).
We were in sin, estranged from God. We lived in slavery to sin: the corrupt and self-centred values and false limitations of this world. These were embedded in every part of our society and in our thinking. As slaves, we were never able to experience, let alone understand, the glorious life and the freedom for which God had created us. Separated from God, we were without life, and death was our reward.
But when death came to claim his own, God, in the person of Jesus, stood in our place, and death passed over us. Jesus gave his life for humanity, and in so doing, lost it himself. He himself was the sacrifice. He was our Passover. Today, because of Jesus, God treats you as perfectly forgiven and perfectly accepted. Because of Jesus, you are free to live the kind of life that God intended for you from the start.
That first Passover, the Children of Israel smeared the blood of the lamb on their doorposts in the shape of a cross. And when death came through the land, everyone who was under the blood was saved. Their sins were passed over. Very early the next morning, they left the slavery of Egypt for ever.
In every one of your relationships, you have to apply the blood.
When Paul says that Jesus is our Passover who was sacrificed for us, he is talking about an even that happened before we were born. God didn’t ask your permission for his Son to be your Passover, and there was nothing that you could have done to change what happened that day at the Cross. It’s done. It is finished.
But the Passover isn’t just ancient history. When Paul refers to Jesus as our Passover, his logic is: because Christ is our Passover, this is how we should live. Look at the verses around it. If this is how Christ has treated us, then this is also how we must treat others. The Passover places us all under moral obligation. In every one of your relationships, you have to apply the blood.
When someone offends you, see the blood of the Lamb and pass over it. When someone treats you unjustly, see the blood and pass over it. When someone belittles you, pass over it. Pass over it for the sake of Jesus. Pass over it for the sake of his blood.
The Passover was all about the liberation of the people of God out of slavery in Egypt. To “pass over” the wrongs, offenses, and the sins of others is to step into freedom. But when we choose to hold onto bitterness, anger, and unforgiveness, we are choosing to go back into bondage. Remember:
So if the Son sets you free, you will be free indeed (John 8:36, NIV).
Pass over it.
– Eliezer Gonzalez