Jesus, the Passover Lamb
Exodus 12:3, 6-7, 12-13
Tell the whole community of Israel that on the tenth day of this month each man is to take a lamb for his family, one for each household… Take care of them until the fourteenth day of the month, when all the members of the community of Israel must slaughter them at twilight. Then they are to take some of the blood and put it on the sides and tops of the doorframes of the houses where they eat the lambs... “On that same night I will pass through Egypt and strike down every first born of both people and animals, and I will bring judgment on all the gods of Egypt. I am the Lord. The blood will be a sign for you on the houses where you are, and when I see the blood, I will pass over you. No destructive plague will touch you when I strike Egypt.
In order to loosen the grip that Pharaoh had on the people of Israel whom he enslaved, God cast a terrible plague over the entire land. He proclaimed that anyone who did not have the blood of a sacrificed lamb on his doorframe would lose his firstborn. If there was the blood of the lamb on the doorframe, God would pass over that house and no harm would come to that family.
This act, this first “Passover,” was the initial, perfect model for what Jesus would later come to do for us. Jesus would become the Passover Lamb who’s blood would gain us freedom from the sin we have committed. Jesus’ blood would allow us to escape the slavery of what holds us back. Jesus, the Lamb of God, whose sacrifice allows for the judgment of God to pass over us so that we can have a relationship with Him.