For a New Testament believer who is not of Jewish origin, the whole concept of Passover can sound foreign. In the past, hearing the word “Passover,” images of Matzo Balls in the grocery store were conjured up in my mind. The whole idea of the word “Passover” for believers may be unfamiliar. Passover is a feast designed to foretell the coming of the Messiah in a physical way. Jesus Christ’s sacrificial death, burial, and resurrection is the fulfillment and crown of this Old Covenant feast. Learning about Passover reveals many things about God’s nature.
As New Testament believers, our foundation for learning about Passover starts with Jesus Christ the Messiah, Lord, and King – the Lamb who was slain before the foundations of the earth.
Salvation through Him AloneWe are saved by faith in Christ alone. The foremost priority of the church is to bring others to a saving knowledge of Christ. When we believe in our hearts and confess with our mouth that Jesus is the Lord and that God raised Jesus from the dead, we are saved. (Romans 10:9-10)
The idea of being justified through faith alone is not a new one. Even before Christ was made known in the earth, faith in the God of Abraham, and the plan He laid out for His chosen people was the key to their salvation. That’s why the Word of God says in Romans 4:3, James 2:23 and Genesis 15:6, “Abraham believed God, and it was credited to him as righteousness.” Abraham trusted God at His Word and obeyed God out of this trust; therefore he was saved and justified in God’s sight. You don’t really trust someone if you won’t act on what they tell you to do – but that’s another sermon.
During the Passover, God instructed His people to sacrifice a lamb without blemish and paint the blood of the lamb over every doorpost as a sign to the angel of death. This was a costly sacrifice on the part of God’s people. Perfect lambs were valuable; they were like a source of income. Their wool, their meat, and their milk all provided a meager source of income. Remember, God’s people were slaves; hated and oppressed by their tormentors. Their state of slavery was the absolute worst it could have been. Their obedience at this state of physical, mental and emotional exhaustion was a miracle in itself. But God was about to give them many miracles in return.
The blood of the lamb stopped the angel of death from coming and devouring their children. No enemy may cross the bloodline! We are saved by the blood of Jesus and our trust and obedience to Him. God caused their enemies to hand over silver and gold for their journey, and set them free. Later, when Pharoah changed his mind again and wanted his slaves back, God saved them again – this time splitting the Red Sea and making a path for them to walk on through dry land. Your obedience is a seed that produces hundredfold blessing! Some of you have sacrificed in the face of tremendous pressure. God is going to pour out a blessing that you don’t have room enough to receive!
As we are seeing, Passover is a type and shadow of Jesus Christ, and it is also a feast celebrating the deliverance of God’s people from slavery. When we accept Jesus Christ as our Lord and Savior, our relationship and connection to God the Father is restored. We trade in our sin for His righteousness. Jesus gives us the power to be free from the slavery of sin and death. It’s all about Jesus Christ...He is your Counselor, your humble King, the One who is always with you and who embraces you in good times and bad.
Jesus Christ protects you from evil and He promises that His people do not taste of death, but inherit eternal life.Who do you know that needs the eternal life that Jesus has to give? This Passover season, share the Deliverer with those who desperately need Him. You may never know what blessings are on the other side.