Day 6: Passover
“Get rid of the old yeast, so that you may be a new unleavened batch—as you really are. For Christ, our Passover Lamb, has been sacrificed” (1 Corinthians 5:7).
The crowds Jesus encountered as He entered Jerusalem were there for the annual celebration of the Passover. It was mandatory for all Jewish males to attend, but many brought their families, as well. It was a celebration of their identity as the people of God and of His supernatural and loving work on their behalf. With the nation gathered together, it was the perfect time for God to reveal that the fulfillment of Passover had come. God was about to take the familiar and meaningful and cast it into a context they had never imagined.
Is there any other event in the history of Israel that has more of a foretaste of the cross than the Passover? David Limbaugh points out that, “Like our salvation in Christ, the Passover is a function of God’s sovereign and gracious will. It is an illustration, in real-life history, of how God saves sinners through the shedding of blood.” What part of the many elements of this event was not fulfilled by Jesus in His sacrifice for us?
In the Passover we see people in peril of death who have to come under the protection of the blood of a perfect lamb, one that was kept near the family so it could be seen as precious and grieved when it was slaughtered for them. The blood had to be applied for it to benefit them. It was a lamb that would have none of its bones broken; one that must be fully consumed by each one to be saved.
Along with the lamb and the blood sacrifice there was the unleavened bread—sinless and uncorrupted. There was also a fleeing from bondage to freedom, from darkness to light. There was a going through the waters (symbolic of baptism), led by the angel of the Lord, and the fire and cloud of God’s Spirit. The redemption experience was all there for them to see. All the whispers, all the shadows were now shouts and substance before them.
• Describe some way that God may have taken something familiar and changed the context for you profoundly. What insights did He give? How did it change your life?
• Much like Passover, Jesus instituted the Last Supper as a remembrance for us to tell the story of what He has done. How much of that commemoration is ritual to you, and how much of it is impactful? What things could you do to make it more meaningful as you
practice it until He returns?
Lord, I don’t want to just go through the motions and miss You when You show up. May I encounter You in Your Word, hearing Your voice, seeing Your face. May I meet You in my prayer time, experiencing Your loving, holy presence. May my observance of Your Table become more meaningful as I consider what it is You did for me as the Passover Lamb, giving Your body and blood.
by Sheri Cook, Director of Special Ministries
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