11 April 2017
The Sacrifice Lamb
The week long Feast of Passover started yesterday evening.
Jewish families all over the world sat down to a Passover Meal as they have for thousands of years. Since Moses led his people out of slavery in Egypt, Passover has been celebrated each year and the traditions passed on to each generation.
During the traditional Passover Seder Meal, the youngest child asks the question: "Why is this night different to other nights?" And the answer is unfolded throughout the evening in the story of the exodus from Egypt. God told each Hebrew family to sacrifice a lamb and place the blood on the sides and lintel of the doorway so that the angel of death would pass over and spare the family. The shed blood of the sacrifice lamb saved them.
Each year at Passover, Jewish families are reminded that God is the one who rescued them and brought them into freedom. As they reenact ancient history, it is personalized afresh in the present. The God who said to their ancestors: "I am the Lord your God, who brought you out of the land of Egypt, out of the house of slavery." (Exodus 20:2), says it also today in their generation. Four cups of wine, named after God's actions in Deuteronomy 26:5-10, form a framework for the Passover Seder: Sanctification (I will bring you out); Deliverance (I will deliver you); Redemption (I will redeem you); Restoration (I will take you as my people).
It was the Passover Seder meal that Yeshua (Jesus) was celebrating with his disciples in Jerusalem that came to be known as the Last Supper. As he led the disciples through the Passover Seder, he took the elements that were already so full of symbolism and added a whole new depth to their significance. So mind-blowing a significance that it would usher in a paradigm shift that would change everything forever. His own blood would be poured out for their redemption. He would be the Sacrifice Lamb to rescue them not just from slavery in a physical Egypt but from a spiritual Egypt that would set them free for all time. Just as in the deliverance from Egypt, God would reach out to sanctify, deliver, redeem and restore a people set apart to worship him and he had sent his own son to be the Lamb.
"The Sacrifice Lamb has been slain.
His blood on the altar a stain.
To wipe away guilt and pain.
To bring hope eternal.
Salvation has come to the world.
God's only son for the world.
Jesus the One for the world. Yeshua is he. "
(The Sacrifice Lamb by Joel Chernoff)
For Messiah, our Passover lamb, has been sacrificed!