Passover begins

   For Jews all over the world, Passover began today at sundown.  Families gathered at tables and shared this special feast of the Lord.

   They ate the unleavened bread. They dipped the bitter herbs in salt water, representing the tears of slavery. They ate the Charoset, a mixture of apples, raisins, nuts and cinnamon, a reminder of the mortar used for bricks made by their sweat and blood in Egypt.

   The entire account of the Exodus has been told through stories, songs, and the elements of the meal. They have obeyed the command of Deuteronomy 6:6-9 that says,

   “Impress them [God’s commands] on your children. Talk about them when you sit at home and when you walk along the road, when you lie down and when you get up. Tie them as symbols on your hands and bind them on your foreheads. Write them on the door frames of your houses and on your gates.”

The one thing missing from the Passover table is the most important element – the Passover lamb. The temple in Jerusalem was destroyed in 70 AD. The sacrificial lamb disappeared from their tables.

Can they not see that the Lamb of God who takes away the sin of the world came and completed the feast? Jesus was the Passover Lamb.

He was oppressed and afflicted, yet he did not open his mouth; he was led like a lamb to the slaughter, and as a sheep before her shearers is silent, so he did not open his mouth,” (Isaiah 53:7).

Exodus 12:46 instructs that no bone of the lamb shall be broken.

But when they came to Jesus and found that he was already dead, they did not break his legs,” (John 19:33).

The lamb was to be roasted with fire (Exodus 12: 9).

For the LORD your God is a consuming fire, a jealous God, (Deuteronomy 4:24).

Worthy is the Passover Lamb who received the judgment that was meant for me, who carried my sins to the cross.

And I saw a mighty angel proclaiming in a loud voice, “Who is worthy to break the seals and open the scroll?” But no one in heaven or on earth or under the earth could open the scroll or even look inside it. I wept and wept because no one was found who was worthy to open the scroll or look inside. Then one of the elders said to me,“Do not weep! See, the Lion of the tribe of Judah, the Root of David, has triumphed. He is able to open the scroll and its seven seals.”

Then I saw a Lamb, looking as if it had been slain, standing in the center of the throne, . . .

In a loud voice they sang: “Worthy is the Lamb, who was slain, to receive power and wealth and wisdom and strength and honor and glory and praise!”

Then I heard every creature in heaven and on earth and under the earth and on the sea, and all that is in them, singing:

To Him who sits on the throne and to the Lamb be praise and honor and glory and power, for ever and ever!”

(from Revelations 5)

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