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Understanding Passover

God instituted the Passover to provide a way for the nation of Israel to commemorate deliverance from the bondage of slavery in Egypt. The Passover also pictures future deliverance from the bondage of sin through Christ. On the original Passover night the people of Israel were to take the blood of the Passover lamb and, "strike it on the two side posts and on the upper door post of the houses, wherein they shall eat it." Exodus 12:7.

At midnight the death angel would pass through the land, and kill the firstborn of every family that did not have the blood of a lamb on the door posts of the house. Since the Egyptians did not follow the instructions from God, there was a great cry of anguish throughout the nation of Egypt over the children that were killed that night. God used this great plague to bring deliverance to the people of Israel.

The lambs that were slain for the Passover meal were a shadow of the Lamb that was slain on the Cross of Calvary. The Passover lamb was to be without blemish, as the Lamb slain on the Cross of Calvary was without sin. The Passover lamb was to be eaten with bitter herbs which is a picture of our sin. Each family was instructed to consume the entire lamb, which teaches us that we must accept the Lord Jesus Christ into our heart without any reservation.  

Members of the New Testament Church participate in the Lord's Supper which has many parallels with the Passover meal. When the Lord instituted the Lord's Supper He used the words, "this do in remembrance of me." 1 Corinthians 11:24  Shortly after the Lord supped with His disciples, He shed His blood on the Cross of Calvary as the, "Lamb of God, which taketh away the sin of the world." John 1:29

People of the Jewish faith and people of the Christian faith have a shared Biblical heritage in the Old Testament. This shared heritage should be a bridge that leads to a mutual respect and understanding.

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