What we learn about Jesus Christ through the Passover

William Fullmer DVM By William Fullmer DVM, 19th Sep 2011 | Follow this author | RSS Feed
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Although Christians no longer celebrate the Passover, observing the ordinance initiated at the Last Supper reminds us of His life and sacrifice for us.

Every aspect of the Passover teaches of Jesus Christ.

After over 400 years of captivity in Egypt, God sent Moses and Aaron the free the Israelites. The brothers asked Pharaoh to release the Israelites, but he refused. In an attempt to soften Pharaoh’s heart the Lord through his prophet sent a series of plagues to afflict the Egyptians so that they would allow the Israelites to leave. The last of these plagues resulted in the death of the first born male of each household, “both man and beast1”. Moses told the Israelites that if they placed the blood of a lamb over their doors they would be protected. The destroying angel sent by God “passed over” the homes of all who had heeded the counsel of the prophet. The celebration of this event is commemorated by a yearly feast called the Passover.

The purpose of the Passover was twofold. It was a reminder of the sacrifice of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ, in addition to saving and freeing the Israelites from Egyptian bondage. Every aspect of the Passover teaches of Jesus Christ.

First; the death of the firstborn is a direct reference to Jesus Christ who is the firstborn of our Father in Heaven2. The Savior also died as sacrifice for our sins.

Second; the Israelites sprinkled the blood of a firstborn male lamb, without blemish on the “lintel and door posts3.” The firstborn male lamb without blemish represents the Savior, who as I said earlier was the firstborn of the Father and as the only perfect person to live on the earth was therefore without blemish. At the feast of the Passover the lamb was to be roasted with fire and no bone was to be broken4. When the Romans crucified victims they routinely broke the legs of the person being crucified to hasten death, but when Christ was crucified they thrust a sword through his side instead of breaking his legs.

Third; the blood of the lamb on the lintel represents the blood, shed by the Savior in the garden of Gethsemane to atone for our sins. His cleansing blood saves us from our sins just as the blood of the lamb saved the ancient Israelites as the destroying angel passed over them.

Fourth; the Savior is often referred to as the Lamb of God5. Using a lamb in the sacrifices of the Mosaic Law and for the Passover again reminded the children of Israel of their future Messiah.

Fifth; the fact that the Passover was to be celebrated every year was an attempt by Jehovah to constantly remind the Israelites of their promised Messiah. This regular reminder was to help better prepare the people spiritually for the mission of the Savior.
Sixth; I believe that incorporating unleavened bread is a reminder of Christ as the bread of life6.

Finally, Jesus himself celebrated the Passover. At His final Passover, the Last Supper, He instituted the sacrament which is a reminder of the sacrifice of His body and blood in our behalf. Although Christians no longer celebrate the Passover, observing the ordinance initiated at the Last Supper reminds us of His life and sacrifice for us.

1. Exodus 12:12 KJV

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Crucifixion, Jesus Christ, Jesus Sacrifice, Lamb Of God, Old Testament, Passover

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Dr. Fullmer graduated from Washington State University with a Doctor of Veterinary Medicine degree. He also graduated from the University of Idaho with a bachelor's degree in Veterinary Sciences and f

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