THOUGHTS ON THE PASSOVER

Deut. 16:5-8 Thoughts on the Passover…
“The first Passover had been observed in the homes of the individual Israelites. But later after the central sanctuary was built (the place where God’s name would dwell; cf. 12:5, 11; 14:23; 16:2, 11; 26:1, 15), the Passover could be observed only there. This may have symbolized Israel’s birth as a nation at the Exodus, a nation meant to be a family with God as her Head. (Bible Knowledge Commentary, page 292)

One of the keys to understanding the Lord’s provision for salvation is to look into the importance of the imagery of the Passover in the Old and New Testament. The Passover was first instituted in the book of Exodus, and it was a yearly observance of Israel’s unique relationship with the Lord. It was a picture and reminder of how God had delivered His people out of their 400 years of bondage in Egypt. It celebrated God’s faithfulness and plan for deliverance from sin and bondage. It also has wonderful significance for us.

I Corinthians 5:7 declares , “For Christ our Passover also has been sacrificed.” “By applying the blood of Christ to themselves, that is, trusting in Him who died in their place for their sin, Christians are spared from eternal death.” (Page 292, Bible Knowledge Commentary). John the Baptist proclaimed , “ Behold, the Lamb of God who takes away the sin of the world!” God has provided a way for sinful men to come to Him for forgiveness of their sins and enter into a restored relationship with Him by believing in God’s provision of His perfect Lamb. His Son, our Passover Lamb, redeems us. Romans 8:1 tells us “There is therefore now no condemnation to those who are in Christ Jesus.”

Last week, we went to a little celebration for one of our granddaughters, Erica. We were celebrating her spiritual birthday. There were no sacrifices at our celebration, but a true giving of thanks for what the Lord has done in her life in remembrance of the day she trusted Jesus as her Savior. Don’t miss the opportunity to stop and give thanks for how the Lord has provided the perfect Sacrifice for us to restore our relationship with Him. Celebrate today the day you were delivered out of the bondage of sin and accepted into God’s redeemed family.

Have you come to realize that Jesus is the Passover Lamb who sacrificed His life for you? Have your placed your trust in God’s perfect Lamb for your salvation? If not, you can do so right now. John 3:16, “For God so love the world that He gave His only begotten Son that whoever believes in Him shall not perish but have eternal life.”

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by Jerry Hull

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