Read: Leviticus 23-24
Jesus the ultimate Passover Lamb paid the price for your sin and mine.
In ancient Israel, Passover was the first and most joyful festival. Passover memorialized how God delivered His people from slavery in Egypt. The celebration of Passover began on the evening of the fourteenth day of the month of Nissan, the first month of the Hebrew calendar (late March to mid-April). Passover is one of the three festivals for which all Israelite males were to appear before God in Jerusalem.
The Feast of Unleavened Bread began the day after and lasted six days. This feast was a reminder of the departure of the Israelites from Egypt, where people left so suddenly that there was no time for bread made with yeast to rise.
The Passover meal and the Passover lamb are the highlight of this festival. All the lambs of the Passover point to Jesus Christ, who went intentionally to Jerusalem to die on the Passover as the perfect Lamb of God, sacrificed for His people.
Without the shedding of blood, there is no forgiveness of sin (Hebrews 9:22). The thought of blood and sacrifice is repugnant to many. That may be the reason too, that many see Jesus as a fine example, but reject Him as the crucified Saviour. The Bible clearly teaches that the wages of sin is death (Romans 6:23) and there are no exceptions. Either the person who sins must bear the penalty of death or accept the gift of salvation through the death and resurrection of Christ Jesus.
And Can it be? Have you grasped and accepted this deep truth? With whom will you share this truth, this week?
- Have you truly accepted the gift of salvation through the death and resurrection of Jesus Christ? If not, what is holding you back?
- How does understanding the significance of Passover and the sacrifice of Jesus impact your faith in Him?
- How can you share the message of Passover and the sacrifice of Jesus with others in a way that is relevant and relatable?