“For the Lord will pass through to smite the Egyptians; and when He sees the blood on the lintel and on the two doorposts, the Lord will pass over the door and will not allow the destroyer to come in to your houses to smite you. And you shall observe this event as an ordianace for you and your children forever. Exodus 12:23-24
According to Jewish custom, the Passover, was to be remembered each year. For on this day years before, the Lord had delivered His people from the hand of Pharaoh and the Egyptians. God would strike the first-born of all homes, as His last plague, which would lead Pharaoh to let His people go. Specific detailed instructions were given to the Israelites. They were to select an unblemished lamb, one year old, they were to kill it and place the blood on the lintel and on the doorpost of their homes. They were to cook it and eat it in a specific way and they were to be ready to go, even to the point of eating the Passover with their sandals on their feet and staff in hand. For on this night, the Angel of the Lord would pass over every home in which the blood of the spotless lamb was applied. Yet, for every home where the blood was not seen the first-born died. On this night, there was not one home in Egypt where someone had not died. And the Israelites were set free, plundering the Egyptians and on their way to the promised land.
Fast forward hundreds of years and it is once again the time in which the Passover is to be remembered. Jesus has gathered in the Upper Room with His disciples for what we call the Last Supper. He knew His time had come and He gathers to eat one final meal and to set one final example before His disciples eyes. As He stoops down and washes His disciples feet, even the feet of the one who would betray Him,He teaches them to be servants. He then explains that one will betray Him and Judas departs, already having been filled with Satan, ready to betray the Son of God.
The time in which years before had been a time to remember what God had done, is now a time for the True Lamb to be sacrificed for all. The darkest day in History dawns as Jesus is mocked, beaten and nailed to the cross. The earth trembles and darkness covers the earth as God pours out His wrath upon the sinless Lamb of God. And then Jesus gives up His Spirit, crying out, It is finished!
Over 2000 years have passed and yet we still celebrate the Passover and remember how the Lord cares for and delivers His people and we celebrate the ultimate sacrifice and give thanks for the blood shed for us. For all who have received Jesus have been covered in His blood and are righteous,and Holy in His sight. The precious blood has covered our sins and Jesus has become our Passover Lamb.
Yet this is only the beginning of the story. For though they nailed Him to the cross, placed His body in the tomb, nothing could keep Him in the grave and He is alive today. And one day He will come again to gather His children, all in whom the blood has been applied to take us home. Oh what a wonderful day that will be.
We serve a risen Savior who took our place. May we live a life of gratitude for all He has done for us! May we share the love of Jesus with those who know Him not and may we seek to be made more and more like Christ, living for Him.