Unlimited: The Real Meaning of Passover

Oct 1, 2018 591

When I see the blood, I will pass over you (Exodus 12:13, NIV).

Remember that first Passover in Egypt. God was about to rescue his people from slavery. But first, there was a final plague, the most terrible of all. The angel of death would visit every home in the land, and the firstborn of every family would die. God instructed Moses that each Hebrew family must sacrifice a lamb, and smear the blood on their doorposts. The angel of death passed over those homes, in a living picture of the salvation that Jesus’ sacrifice would bring to every man, woman and child. The Hebrews at the time did not understand, but one day the meaning would become clear.

At the first Passover, the blood of the lamb on the doorpost was a sign of God’s protection. At the Cross, Jesus became the Lamb of God and died, not just to save one family or one nation, but everyone who has ever lived.

The lamb was killed before the Children of Israel escaped from Egypt. This has meaning too. Jesus had to die before we could be rescued from sin. The Bible tells us that Jesus died for us, not after we’d told him we were sorry for our sins, but “while we were still sinners”. – Des Ford

Eli’s Reflection:  Think about the feelings that each Israelite family would have experienced during the night of the Passover. I believe it would have been a mixture of feelings. What are your feelings when you reflect on what happened at Calvary?

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