—-Jesus. The Passover Lamb
Today, we as believers celebrate the Resurrection of Jesus Christ! Without this Truth, we would have no basis for our faith. We would not serve a Risen Savior…but we do!
On this day, the LORD called me to launch my new website. I am so excited to begin this new chapter! It is one of Resurrection Life—in my life! My heart’s desire is to see Jesus raised & exalted in each one of us—captives of sin & shame–set FREE!
I will be posting blogs, adding some live teachings and hopefully provide some much needed humor & encouragement!
Today in this first post, please hear GOD whispering into your spirit, “YOU ARE LOVED….!” Jesus has provided you rest! He will forever be our Passover Lamb.
Initiated by God.
Israel had been slaves in Egypt for 400 years. God instructed Moses to go before the most powerful man in the world, Pharaoh and command him to “Let God’s people go!”
That first Passover, God instructed them to take a branch of hyssop, dip it into the blood of a 1 year old, unblemished lamb and put it on the doorposts of their homes. That night the angel of death passed through Egypt but those who by faith—placed the blood of the lamb on their doorposts–were spared the death of their first-born.
That morning, Pharaoh (mourning the death of his first-born son) told Moses to take the people & “GO!” The Hebrew people had to hurry—they left in haste. They carried with them “unleavened bread” because there was no time to wait for it to rise.
Go to your local grocery and buy a box of matzah. See the exact bread of the Israelites. Notice it is pierced and striped.
Isaiah 53:5: “He was pierced for our transgressions, He was crushed for our iniquities, the punishment that brought us peace was upon Him and by His stripes we are healed.”
—The Lamb at the Table
Centuries later, Jesus and His disciples prepared the Passover meal in an upper room in Jerusalem. This would be Jesus’s last Passover meal before He suffered. The meal was specific; matzah, charoset, parsley, egg & bitter herbs which were to represent the bitter years Israel had been enslaved by the Egyptians. Typically at this Passover Meal, a lamb was served…but this night…the lamb was not on the table but rather He was seated at the table.
Many Jews had gathered in Jerusalem to celebrate Passover. Each family was required to bring their own 1 year old, without defect, unblemished lamb to be sacrificed.
Where would they purchase the lambs? Bethlehem. The exact birthplace of Jesus. And who were some of the first witnesses of the Lamb of God’s birth? Shepherds.
—-Jesus completed the work of GOD.
Genesis 1:1 tells us “God created the heavens and the earth.”
Elohim (plural) created the universe in 6 days. On the 7th day, God rested. His work was complete.
In Genesis 3, sin entered the world through man’s free will. We were left to toil & strive & because of sin, mankind was no longer at rest.
So Jesus left the majesty of heaven & came down. Jesus, fully God/fully man to complete the work of God.
From the cross, Jesus cried out “It is finished.” A math term meaning “paid in full.”
His Sacrifice brought our Salvation. “He” made us complete.
What day was that?
Friday. The 6th day. The Biblical number representing man. Jesus redeemed the 6th day—completed the work of GOD.
Saturday: The 7th day, Jesus body was laid in the tomb. God rested—on the designated day of REST.
Sunday: the beginning of the new week, death was arrested & new life began! Jesus arose on the exact day of the Hebrew feast of Firstfruits.
Jesus said, “Truly, truly, I tell you unless a kernel of wheat falls to the ground and dies, it remains only a seed but if it dies, it bears much fruit.” John 12:24.
Jesus ushered in the New Covenant! In Him, finally God’s children could REST in the completed work of JESUS!
I pray for each one of you today–reading this—that you will choose to find REST in the finished work of your Passover Lamb: Jesus the Messiah!
Stop striving & start abiding!
Love you BIG,
Exodus 12:13 1 Corinthians 5:7, Exodus 23:15, Joshua 5:10, Luke 22:15, Numbers 9:13, John 12: 1-3