I did the unthinkable while trying to make a correlation between Passover and Easter. I asked the children what they would think if each Easter we sacrificed their pets — oh, the shock and tears that followed!
I was trying to get them to understand how lambs took the punishment for people’s sins.
But the Christian thinks of Passover in the light of Easter. This connection is exactly what John the Baptist was thinking of when he says of Jesus, “Behold! The Lamb of God who takes away the sins of the world.” ( John 1:29)
Just as the Jewish person needed a perfect lamb to take their punishment for sin that year ( Romans 6:23), God had prepared the perfect sacrifice that would permanently take man’s punishment for sin.
That sacrifice was His Son, Jesus. His life blood was poured out on the wooden posts of the cross as He died in our place. It’s no surprise that this event happened during the celebration of Passover. You see, Passover was an illustration of God’s own Lamb giving His life for sinners, like me.
Pastor Mark Gause
First Baptist Church of Alhambra