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Christ, our Passover Lamb

In Exodus chapter twelve we read about the instructions God gave regarding the Passover lamb.  There was to be a lamb for each house.  The lamb was to be without blemish and a male.  In verse six, we read, “And ye shall keep it up until the fourteenth day of the same month: and the whole assembly of the congregation of Israel shall kill it in the evening.”

Notice that there was only one lamb for each household. But God said the whole assembly shall kill it.  It was impossible for every person to kill the lamb.  Obviously only a few individuals were actually involved in the killing of the lamb.  But every person was supportive of the killing of the lamb.  No one stepped forward and stopped the killing of the lamb.  By their presence and support they were considered as being a part of the killing.

Christ is our Passover Lamb. The lamb of the Old Testament Passover was simply a type of the Christ to come.  Every person in the church considers themselves partly responsible for the death of Christ on the cross.  He died for our sins.  He died for the sins of every person.  If we did not sin, he would not have died for our sins.  So every time someone sins, they are a partaker in the killing of Jesus.

But, everyone also can partake of the blessings of the Lamb of God. When one is a Christian one can partake of the communion, the Lord’s Supper.  This is eaten every first day of the week to commemorate our Lord’s sacrificial death for our sins.

There was an old story written that Abraham Lincoln went down to the slave block and saw a girl being auctioned off to the highest bidder.  Lincoln joined in the bidding.  As the slave girl looked at this man bidding on her, she figured he was just another white man, going to buy her and then abuse her.

Lincoln won the bid and as he was walking away with his newly purchased property, he said, “Young lady…. you are FREE!” She said, “What does that mean?”

“It means you are FREE.”

“Does that mean,” she asked, “that I can say whatever I want to say?”
Lincoln said, “Yes, my dear, you can say whatever you want to say.”

“Does that mean,” she asked, “that I can be whatever I want to be?”
Lincoln said, “Yes, you can be whatever you want to be.”

“Does that mean I can go wherever I want to go?”
He said, “Yes, you can go wherever you want to go.”

Then the girl, with tears streaming down her face, said, “Then I will go with YOU.”

Jesus said, “Most assuredly, I say to you, whoever commits SIN is a SLAVE of SIN” (John 8:34).

ALL have sinned and fall short of the glory of God” (Romans 3:23), therefore all are slaves of sin, under its bondage.  But when sin put us on Satan’s auction block, Jesus paid the price for our redemption (literally, “bought us back”) with His own blood. “Therefore, IF the Son makes you free, you shall be FREE INDEED!” (John 8:36)

Jesus redeems those who accept His offer through:

faith (Acts 16:31), repentance (Acts 17:30-31), confession of Jesus (Romans 10:9-10), and baptism (immersion) into Christ for the forgiveness of sins (Acts 2:38; 22:16). Jesus will

CONTINUE to redeem those who will CONTINUE to follow Him (1 John 1:7).

IN HIM we have redemption through His blood, the forgiveness of sins, according to the riches of His grace” (Ephesians 1:7). “And He DIED for ALL, that those who live should live no longer for themselves, but for Him who died for them and rose again” (2 Corinthians 5:15).

When we comprehend the riches of His grace extended to us, we, too, will say, “Then I will go with you.”

How can WE not follow a Savior like that?

What can wash away my sins?

Nothing but the blood of Jesus.

What can make me whole again?

Nothing but the blood of Jesus.

Oh, precious is the flow

That makes me white as snow.

No other fount I know.

Nothing but the blood of Jesus.