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.
Exodus 11-13 explains this through the account of the first Passover and why Jewish people celebrate it. They remember how God delivered them from the Egyptians with the 10th plague. We read how the “death angel” came to take the firstborn of every family in Egypt, except for those who sacrificed a perfect lamb, collected its blood, and applied that blood to their doorpost that evening. When the death angel saw the blood, it “passed over” that home, leaving the firstborn alive. The next day, Pharaoh let them go.
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)
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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