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June 27, 2022

Christ our Passover

Mark 14:1 Now the Passover and the Feast of Unleavened Bread were two days away. And the chief priests and the scribes were seeking a way to seize Him [Jesus] by craftiness and kill Him, 1Cor 5:7 Purge out the old leaven that you may be a new lump, even as you are unleavened; for our Passover, Christ, also has been sacrificed. Exo 12:6 ...and the whole congregation of the assembly of Israel shall kill it [a lamb] at twilight. 7 And they shall take some of the blood and put it on the two doorposts and on the lintel of the houses in which they eat it. 12 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. Also against all the gods of Egypt I will execute judgments. I am Jehovah. 13 And the blood shall be a sign for you upon the houses where you are; and when I see the blood, I will pass over you, and there will be no plague upon you to destroy you when I strike the land of Egypt.

Mark 14:1 speaks of "the Passover and the feast of Unleavened Bread after two days." Eventually, under God's sovereignty, they did kill the Lord Jesus at the feast (Matt. 27:15) for the fulfillment of the type. The Passover was a type of Christ (1 Cor. 5:7). Christ is the Lamb of God that God may pass over us, the sinners, as portrayed in typology by the Passover in Exodus 12. Hence, it was necessary for Christ as the Passover Lamb to be killed on the day of the Passover for its fulfillment. The word Passover means that the judgment of God passes over us. In Exodus 12:13 the Lord says, "When I see the blood, I will pass over you." Eventually, the Passover became a proper noun in English. The proper noun Passover has its source in the words "pass over" in 12:13. But why is Christ called our Passover? According to Exodus 12, God passed over the children of Israel because the blood of the Passover lamb had been sprinkled on the lintel and the doorposts of their houses. The children of Israel had been commanded to eat the flesh of the lamb in their houses. This indicates that the house was to be their covering under which and in which they could eat the flesh of the Passover lamb. The house that covered them was to have blood sprinkled on the lintel and the doorposts. When God saw the blood, He passed over the children of Israel. Hence, this passing over was due to the sprinkled blood. According to Paul, however, we see that the Passover is related not only to the blood, but to Christ Himself. Because we are in Christ, He Himself becomes our Passover. In Exodus 12 the Passover was based on the blood. But today our Passover is based on Christ. This is the reason Paul could say that Christ is our Passover. (c) Living Stream Ministry.

Bible verses are taken from the Recovery Version of the Bible and Words of Ministry from Witness Lee, Life-study of Mark, pp. 364 and The Passover, Chap 1, Sec 1. Both are published by Living Stream Ministry, Anaheim, CA. Please visit us at www.emanna.com. Send comments to: comment@emanna.com.

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