Jesus is OUR Passover

Jesus is OUR Passover, or in Hebrew Pesach. As I told you before, “pesach” does not mean to “pass over.” It comes from the verb pasach, which means, “to protect.” To celebrate “Passover,” is to celebrate the “protective sacrifice.”

The Israelites were told that they could escape the judgment coming by painting the blood of this sacrifice on the doorposts of their homes.

They will take some of the blood and put it on the two side posts and top of the doorframe of the houses where they will eat it . . . The blood will be a sign for you on the houses where you are, so that when I see the blood I will pass over you, and this plague will not fall on you to destroy you when I attack the land of Egypt (Exodus 12:7,13)

This was the announcement of the single dreadful and yet wonderful night the Lord passed through the whole land of Egypt and killed the firstborn males — animals and humans — of every household in Egypt. In fact, the only exception was for those who sacrificed a yearling lamb and painted its blood on the doorposts of their homes! Whoever did this as an act of obedience to Yehoveh were not touched by death that night; and this divine judgment caused Pharaoh to finally understand that he could not maintain his grip on Yahweh‘s people.

The only people who were excluded from punishment were those who sacrificed a lamb and painted the doorposts with its blood. Whoever did not paint the doorpost, experienced the judgment. If they had painted their doorpost, the angel of death would have passed over their home.

The only sign the Angel of the Lord looked for was the blood being painted on the doorpost. He did not check to see who was in the house. He did not verify whether or not they were good people. He did not verify their identification or ask them for their membership cards or where their allegiance lay. The angel did not stop at each house to see how nice the people were or how they voted in the last election. The only sign he looked for was blood painted on the doorpost!

We need to catch the significance of what this means. Today, if you refuse the offer Yehoveh has given you for Redemption, namely Yeshua — Jesus — you WILL face His judgment regardless of how you feel about it, how righteous you feel you are or how special you believe you are or even how unfair you think it is. You either accept the terms that are offered, or accept the responsibilities and consequences of your choice. I will show you how seriously He takes this. Turn over to the fifth chapter of Leviticus:

If anyone sins and does what is forbidden in any of the LORD’s commands, even though they do not know it, they are guilty and will be held responsible (Leviticus 5:17)

Whoa! That ‘oughta’ sober you up some! Do you think that is unfair? Hmm, let’s consider that. Clearly, that verse says that it wasn’t a situation where they knew they were fouling up, and sort of hid it or refused to acknowledge it. No, they simply were unaware that what they did was sin! Scarey thought! So even if they had no intention of doing anything wrong, Yahweh pronounces them guilty!

Now, I admit that when you and I look at this we will say, “Man, that‘s pretty harsh — it doesn’t seem fair.” Well, think about the time you were driving in a 55 mph zone, and then suddenly cross into a 35 mph speed zone. Aah, but you didn’t know because you never noticed the sign.

Suddenly you hear a siren and see lights flashing in your rear-view mirror! Your heat starts beating faster because a police officer with a radar gun caught you and is about to give you a ticket. When you explain what happened, he explains that it doesn’t matter, the law is the law.

In our minds, that seems unfair. But, if you jump to the end of verse 20 in Leviticus, we see that all you have to do it is follow the prescribed procedure of atonement, and you will be forgiven. And,in reality, that isn’t fair either! Because the price to remove your guilt is paid for by an innocent animal, not by the people who are actually responsible.

That right there is the biggest stumbling block for most people when it comes to accepting Christ as Savior. We don’t want to surrender OUR sense of fairness and justice, to follow HIS sense of fairness and justice.

Now the blood that was painted on the doorpost represented the Blood of the Lamb slain from the foundation of the world — Jesus Christ (Revelations 13:8). Judgment
was legally avoided because of it.

All they had to do was paint the blood to the doorpost, and it stopped the destroyer. Now here is the important part: action was required — not just a passive belief in the blood. And not only were the children of Israel spared from destruction, but they all left Egypt in good health carrying away the wealth of Egypt.

My friends, Christ is our Passover, our Protective Sacrifice. And if we are willing to submit to His authority and receive His Grace, He will provide us as much protection and deliverance as the lamb provided the children of Israel in Egypt!

Paul reminded us that . . . Christ, our Passover lamb, has been slain for us (I Corinthians 5:7);  . . . He is Mediator of a better covenant, which was established on better promises (Hebrews 8:6); He also took the cup after supper, saying, ‘This cup is the new covenant in My blood, which is shed for you’ (Luke 22L20)

If you have surrendered to the Lordship of Yeshua, Jesus, and have chosen to become a disciple, you now have the right to draw a faith Blood line the devil cannot cross. By speaking words of faith we apply the Blood over the “doorposts” of our lives — the outer edges of all that belongs to us.

With blood on the door of the Israelites in Egypt, no evil dared enter their home. In the same way, we remain safe through the protection of the divine Blood of Jesus. Wherever we have authority we should apply the Blood — and never leave the protection the Blood of Jesus provides!

Nickolas

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