Communicator Sunday 29/3/2015

Why do we call Jesus the lamb of God?

lamb 7529/3/2015. In 1 Corinthians:5:7 we read “Purge out therefore the old leaven, that ye may be a new lump, as ye are unleavened. For even Christ our passover is sacrificed for us: we learn that “Christ, our Passover, was sacrificed for us.” What is the specific connection between the Passover and the sacrifice of Jesus Christ? For that matter, what is the Passover? Jesus Christ’s sacrifice has removed the death penalty from us.

Events in ancient Egypt We find the Passover instituted in Exodus 12. The nation of Israel was enslaved in Egypt, and events were building rapidly to the horrifying devastation that would finally force Pharaoh to free the Israelites from slavery.

Through Moses and Aaron, God commanded Israel to set aside a lamb for each household in the nation. Before nightfall, the Israelites were to kill the lambs and put some of the lambs’ blood on the sides and top of the door frame of each house. Each lamb was to be eaten that evening by the members of the Israelite household that offered it (verses 1-10).

A profoundly significant event was to take place outside the homes while the Israelites were inside eating this Passover meal: “For I will pass through the land of Egypt on that night, and will strike all the firstborn in the land of Egypt, both man and beast; and against all the gods of Egypt I will execute judgment: I am the Lord. 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” (verses 12-13, emphasis added
throughout).

Pastor: Ian (in Communicator)