you shall say, ‘It is the sacrifice of the LORD’s Passover, for he passed over the houses of the people of Israel in Egypt, when he struck the Egyptians but spared our houses.’” And the people bowed their heads and worshiped.
(Exodus 12:27 ESV)
Isolated last night at home we participated in a virtual Passover Seder. This was a very special Passover, as it was reminiscent of the time it was celebrated by Israelites sequestered in their homes during a plague in Egypt over 3,000 years ago. They placed the blood of sacrificial lambs over their doorposts and the Angel of Death passed by them without harm. This first Passover was a foreshadowing of what would later took place with Jesus Christ 2,000 years ago.
As Christians, we have the gift of salvation through Jesus Christ, the Lamb of God who takes away the sin of the world (John 1:29). Paul connects Christ’s death on the Cross to Passover in 1 Corinthians 5:7, “Cleanse out the old leaven that you may be a new lump, as you really are unleavened. For Christ, our Passover lamb, has been sacrificed.”
During Holy Week, let us be mindful of the sacrifice that Jesus, the Lamb of God, made for us. The blood from the lambs that was sprinkled on the doorposts in Egypt saved the Israelites. The blood of the Lamb of God that has been sprinkled over us saves us from our sins.
“The blood of the lamb applied over the doorpost on the night of Israel's deliverance from Egypt distinguished the obedient from the disobedient. Just so today the applied blood of the Lamb of God is the distinguishing mark of God's called out ones, the church.” - Billy Graham