What are some traditions and rituals that Americans observe to remember significant past events? Why do we do this?
Read // Exodus 12:1-30
18 For you know that it was not with perishable things such as silver or gold that you were redeemed from the empty way of life handed down to you from your ancestors, 19 but with the precious blood of Christ, a lamb without blemish or defect. 1 Peter 1:18-19
The story of the Passover is filled with allusions that point to fulfillment in Christ.
Where do you see shadows of Christ and his atoning work in this passage?
When I was studying abroad in Israel, I had the chance to interview a number of Jewish leaders,] and I asked them what was the most important part of the Tanak (the Old Testmant to Christians). They all told me that it was the Passover. Why is this passage so important?
On the one hand, it’s the quintessential story of deliverance out of slavery and the defining event between God and His people. But it also points to something more.
God told the Israelites to make sure they celebrated the Passover every year so they would not ever forget it. Why? Because one would come who would live a perfect and sinless life and, on the celebration of Passover, would shed his blood so that we could escape the wrath our sin deserves and be set free from our enslavement to sin and death.
Jesus is the one who delivers us.
Revelation, the last book of the Bible, describes Jesus as the “Lamb who was slain from the creation of the world”(Revelation 13:8). Jesus was and is and forever will be the lamb who was sacrificed on our behalf to free us from our bondage and our punishment of death.
When is the last time you thanked Jesus for saving you?
Take a few minutes now to thank Him for how your life has changed since He saved you from your sins.
Discuss these questions with a friend or with your family:
Why do you think God had the Israelites sacrifice spotless lambs?
How is the lamb a picture of Christ’s sacrifice for us?