Jesus, Our Passover Lamb
Speak ye unto all the congregation of Israel, saying, In the tenth day of this month they shall take to them every man a lamb, according to the house of their fathers, a lamb for an house: and if the household be too little for the lamb, let him and his neighbour next unto his house take it according to the number of the souls; every man according to his eating shall make your count for the lamb. —Exodus 12:3,4
Exodus 12 provides one of God’s portraits of redemption, a picture of what Jesus did for us in His death, burial, and resurrection. In the Old Testament, Egypt is a type of sin or bondage—the kingdom we lived in before we were born again. Pharaoh is a type of Satan. Israel, on the other hand, is a type of the Church. God’s man, Moses, is a picture of Jesus arriving on the scene with signs, wonders, and miracles to deliver God’s people. Israel’s deliverance out of Egyptian bondage into freedom is a type of the new birth. Finally, the miracle that produced Israel’s freedom centered around a lamb—what the Bible calls a Passover lamb. What the Passover lamb in the Old Testament accomplished for the children of Israel through its death is a clear picture of what Jesus accomplished for us on the Cross. That’s why John the Baptist called Jesus the Lamb of God. (John 1:29.) And in Revelation 13:8, Jesus was called “the Lamb slain from the foundation of the world.” Jesus is our Passover Lamb, whose death provided a way for those who believe in Him to be saved, delivered, and made whole.
Confession: Jesus is my Passover Lamb who opened the way for me to enter God’s family and enjoy my inheritance.