While on the cab last sunday morning on the way to church for Sunday service, the Passover came to my mind, and then I was trying to recall a little knowledge about the matter. But since I was with my kids, I was’nt able to do so, I think I need stillness to do that.
I didn’t know why it suddenly hit my mind in the middle of conversations about cranes, bridges and buildings. You know boys. Later did I know that the message last sunday was all about the 10th plague which is the Plague of the First born or the passing of the angel of death – The Passover. I was really surprise. If I couldn’t recall that little knowledge, probably because I heard it over a year ago. I know I read it from the Bible, but I fully don’t understood it. And here comes sunday service. I know it’s not a coincidence that I thought of Passover hours before the service. It’s God, answering the desire of my heart.
Let me share what I learned from today’s message. The title of the message is Rest in God’s Salvation. But since the title of this post is passover, I’d like to focus more on this historical and factual event that happened 4000 years ago (the old testament) and 2000 years ago (the new testament).
The 10th plague is written in the book of Exodus chapter 11-12. Oh by the way our church is on a series teaching about the book of Exodus after completing the Genesis series last year.
In Exodus 11:1 Now the Lord had said to Moses, “I will bring one more plague on Pharaoh and on Egypt. After that, he will let you go from here, and when he does, he will drive you out completely.
So Moses told the Pharaoh about the coming plague. But the Pharaoh’s heart was hardened and he did not let the people of Israel go.
And here comes the plague.
Exodus 12:12 “On that same night I will pass through Egypt and strike down every firstborn of both people and animals, and I will bring judgment on all the gods of Egypt. I am the Lord”.
But God is so good. God gave Isralites (through Moses) a solution to escape the plague.
Exodus 12:21-23 Then Moses summoned all the elders of Israel and said to them, “Go at once and select the animals for your families and slaughter the Passover lamb. 22 Take a bunch of hyssop, dip it into the blood in the basin and put some of the blood on the top and on both sides of the doorframe. None of you shall go out of the door of your house until morning. 23 When the Lordgoes through the land to strike down the Egyptians, he will see the blood on the top and sides of the doorframe and will pass over that doorway, and he will not permit the destroyer to enter your houses and strike you down.
The Lord is saying, 4000 year ago to the Isralites, if you want to be saved, put on the blood of the lamb. Now, the same event took place 2000 years ago through the death of Jesus Christ. Christ took the penalty of our sins, was crucified, buried and was risen.
In John 1:29 John testified about Jesus, “the next day John saw Jesus coming toward him and said, “Look, the Lamb of God, who takes away the sin of the world!”
Jesus was called the Lamb of God who takes away our sin. Remember in Old testament, God instructed the Isralites to put on the blood of the Lamb on their door frame to avoid the angel of death. Did you notice the parallelism?
And 1Corinthians 5:7 tells us that “Christ, our Passover lamb, has been sacrificed”.
Christ has been crucified, overcome evil and death.
Now look at the parallel of the event that took place in the old testament and new testament.
Old Testament (4000 years) New Testament (2000 years)
Lamb Jesus Unblemished Perfect No broken bones No broken bones Passover Died on Passover Blood Crucified Substitute Died for us Grace Grace
This event, The Passover written in the book of exodus is a best example of the Gospel.