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How did God save His people with the Passover. Photo: PEXELS

IT IS WRITTEN: The link between Easter and Passover

Good FRIDAY! It’s all about the sacrificial lamb! Ever wondered the link between Passover and Easter? Wonder no more!

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How did God save His people with the Passover. Photo: PEXELS

Passover is the first of the celebrated yearly festivals in the Hebraic calendar (on the 14th day of the  first lunar month), which this year is at the same time as Easter! 

Its purpose is to commemorate God’s deliverance for His people from Egypt, where the Israelites  lived in bondage to slavery. 

God sent 10 plagues upon Egypt and only on the final one (the killing of all the firstborn), did  Pharaoh finally let His people go! 

Exodus 11:1(NIV) 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…. 

How God saved His people with the Passover? 

All those who chose to obey Him were to sacrifice a perfect, spotless lamb and post its blood on the  doorposts of their home. 

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.13 The blood will be a sign for you on the houses where you are, and when I see the blood, I  will pass over you. No destructive plague will touch you when I strike Egypt.”

Exodus 12:12-13 (NIV)

Now, each year, the Jews celebrate Passover and remember the God of Abraham, Isaac and Jacob  who brought them out of slavery into freedom, thereby ensuring that their children and their  children’s children, know the mighty God they serve and come to understand His love, protection, and provision for them. 

We also get to celebrate this truth with our families at Easter as we meditate on the death, burial  and resurrection of our Messiah, Jesus Christ. Just as the applied blood of the Passover Lamb  caused the angel of death to Passover, so too can we apply the blood of Christ to the doorpost of  our hearts, causing God’s judgment to Passover us. 

We are overcome by the blood of the lamb and the word of our testimony (Revelation 12:11)! He has grafted us into the vine, making us the dearly beloved children of the same most High God! 

For we do not have a high priest who is unable to empathize with our  weaknesses, but we have one who has been tempted in every way, just as we are—yet he did not  sin.”

Hebrews 4:15 (NIV)

He did not enter by means of the blood of goats and calves; but he entered  the Most Holy Place once for all by his own blood, thus obtaining eternal redemption…. How much more, then, will the blood of Christ, who through the eternal Spirit offered  himself unblemished to God, cleanse our consciences from acts that lead to death, so that we may  serve the living God!”

Hebrews 9:12, 14 (NIV)

Jesus’ Hebrew name is YESHUA which means GOD SAVES! He alone is the sinless/unleavened one whose blood cleanses us from sin! 

Passover is also a time where the Jews do a massive spring-clean in their home, to ensure that not  one tiny bit of yeast could be found to avoid being cut off from the house of Israel. 

God commanded a seven-day period starting the day after Passover, where his people had to rid  themselves of all leaven (symbolizing “puffed up pride”). This is now celebrated annually as the  Feast of Unleavened bread (Deuteronomy 16:3). 

The Passover unleavened bread: A symbol of Christ!

At the Passover meal (Seder), the matzoh is placed in a bag called an echad (meaning ONE in  Hebrew, referring to a complex unity of one, but it has 3 chambers). One piece of matzoh is placed in the first chamber, never seen.  

The second is broken in half at the beginning of the Seder, placing one half back in the echad and the other half in a linen cloth. The third piece in the bag is used to eat the elements on the Seder plate.

Many Jews think this three-some related to Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob. But why break the middle piece in half? 

The Trinity pictured in the matzoh’s!

First piece: God the Father (Ha Av) – whom no man sees, 

Third piece: The Holy Spirit (Ruach Ha Kodesh) – who dwells in us  

But the second piece represents the Son (Ha Ben), Jesus Christ, broken for us (1 Corinthians 11:24). The first half put back in the chamber represents His divine, eternal being, 

The second half wrapped in linen cloth represents His physical body in His burial cloth. 

According to Jewish tradition. Matzoh’s must be: 

Unleavened – Christ, the perfect, spotless, sinless Lamb (1 Peter 1:19) 

Striped – By His stripes we are healed! (Isaiah 53:5) 

Pierced – Jesus was pierced for our iniquities (Isaiah 53:5) 

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. 8 Therefore let us keep the festival,  not with the old bread leavened with malice and wickedness, but with the unleavened bread of  sincerity and truth.”

1 Corinthians 5:7,8 (NIV)

The removal of leaven in the Jewish people’s homes, symbolizes us searching our hearts for hidden  sins, asking God to convict and redeem us, enabling us to live in the fullness of His eternal promises. 

Christ, our Passover Lamb, is the bread of life, and our names are written in the Lamb’s book of life forever! This is the real reason for our joy!  

PRAYER

Father, help us this Easter to search our hearts and allow your Holy Spirit to bring us to repentance once again. We want our hearts changed! Let us not waste a single drop of your blood dear Jesus! Thank you for paying such a high price for us. 

We love you!

Amen

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