January 20

Exodus 10-12, Psalm 20

It’s so easy when we go to church to use terms that we don’t really understand. They become so commonly used that to ask why, almost makes one feel ignorant asking. Growing up I always heard the term Lamb of God used in responsorials, in songs, etc. but truthfully never understood why the term was used, though I knew it referred to Jesus. It is said that the New Testament is in the Old Testament concealed, while the Old Testament is in the New Testament revealed. Without going through the Passover Celebration and understanding the Levitical sacrificial system, much of what transpires in the life of our Lord and Savior doesn’t make sense. Mitch Glaser of Chosen People Ministries has been at CCOB before to show how Jesus is the complete fulfillment of the Passover celebration.

It says in Exodus 12:3,5-6, “On the tenth of this month every man shall take for himself a lamb, according to the house of his father, a lamb for a household…Your lamb shall be without blemish…Now you shall keep it until the fourteenth day of the same month.” It was on the tenth of Nissan that Jesus entered Jerusalem as Messiah on the Palm Sunday Road. For the next four days the Pharisees, Sadducees, and His enemies tried to challenge Him both theologically and ethically, but He was found without blemish. He was indeed flawless. When brought on trial they could find no fault in Him other than His claim to be God, and for this He was crucified. They, not recognizing who He was, accused Him of blasphemy. Even Pontius Pilate in Luke 23:4 could find no fault in Him. Peter referring to what our redemption is based on in 1 Peter 1:19, said, “but with the precious blood of Christ, as of a lamb without blemish and without spot.” Realize a blemish was an acquired defect, while a spot is an inherited defect. Jesus was free of both, our perfect Lamb. In Exodus 12:7, after the lamb was sacrificed, we read, “And they shall take some of the blood and put it on the two doorposts and on the lintel of the houses where they eat.” We read the reason for this in 12:13, “Now the blood shall be a sign for you on the houses where you are. And when I see the blood, I will pass over you; and the plague shall not be on you to destroy you when I strike the land of Egypt.” Likewise it is only by our applying the blood of Jesus to our own lives personally that we pass from death to life. Since God is 100% just, every sin must be accounted for and no amount of good works could redeem us. When we come before God in judgment it is only by being covered by the blood of Christ that we are declared not guilty. Many don’t realize that the Last Supper was actually the Passover Seder. There are four cups of blessing shared at each Passover meal. Jesus said in Luke 22:20, “Likewise He also took the cup after supper, saying, “This cup is the new covenant in My blood, which is shed for you.” When Jesus introduced us to Communion, He specifically used the 3rd cup of the celebration. This cup is known as the cup of redemption. Part of the Passover celebration involves the Afikoman. This is a Greek word. the only one introduced in to the Hebrew celebration of Passover. and Jewish experts can’t fully explain why this custom was inserted. In it there are three pieces of Matzoh placed in a linen pouch, the middle one is broken. This middle piece is then hid and the children are asked to find it, the one that does receives a prize. Realize that Jesus, the middle One in the Trinity, was broken, wrapped in linen in the grave, and discovered and arose in celebration. The word Afikoman in Greek means: “I came”, or “the coming one”, or “He who has come”. These are just a few of the parallels between Passover and the fulfillment in Jesus.

We read in 2 Corinthians 5:21, “For He made Him who knew no sin to be sin for us, that we might become the righteousness of God in Him.” Our hope, our future rests securely on Him, our Passover Lamb. A beautiful picture of this is presented for us in Revelation 5:2-6, “Then I saw a strong angel proclaiming with a loud voice, “Who is worthy to open the scroll and to loose its seals?” And no one in heaven or on the earth or under the earth was able to open the scroll, or look at it. So I wept much, because no one was found worthy to open and read the scroll, or to look at it. But one of the elders said to me, “Do not weep. Behold, the Lion of the tribe of Judah, the Root of David, has prevailed to open the scroll and to loose its seven seals.” And I looked, and behold, in the midst of the throne and of th four living creatures, and in the midst of the elders, stood a Lamb…”. It is because of Jesus, and Jesus alone, by His sacrifice, that we can confidently go through life secure of our salvation. May all praise and glory be directed towards our Lamb.

Messages from Pastor Lloyd Pulley:

Aaron Salvato