The Jewish Passover - The Christian Redemption! Exodus 12:1-14

Text:  “And Jesus went up into a mountain, and there He sat with His disciples.  And the Passover, a feast of the Jews, was nigh.”
John 6:3-4.

Good morning, passed over Christian!  God’s Holy wrath against sin shall never harm you ever again.  Why?  Because the precious Blood of our Passover Lamb, Christ Jesus, covers you, protects you, redeems you from your sins, and secures your pardon for all time and Eternity.  Hallelujah! 

We are free from the Heavenly Destroyer’s punitive power!  We shall, at all times, be passed over and exempt from the destructive judgements of our thrice Holy Lord God.  Now, surely this in very good news for your soul today, passed over Christian?  Glory to the Lamb Who is worthy!

“And the Blood (of the Lamb) shall be to you for a token upon the houses were ye are; and when I (the Lord God) shall see the Blood, I will pass over you, and the plague shall not be upon you to destroy you, when I smite the land of Egypt (a type of the unsaved world).”  (Exodus 12:13)

Well can the Psalmist joyfully cry: “Blessed (blessed with blessings) is he/she whose transgression is forgiven, whose sin is COVERED (in the Blood of the Lamb, Christ Jesus).  Blessed is the man/woman unto whom the Lord imputeth (puts not to our account continually) not iniquity, and in whose spirit there is no guile.”  (Psalm 30:1-2)

Our two-verse text from John’s Gospel today reveals three marvellous Spiritual themes for us: That Jesus went up; that Jesus sat down with His disciples; and that the Passover, the feast of the Jews, was nigh.  Let us look more closely at these three Scriptural themes.

Jesus Went Up:   On that particular Passover feast, the Lord Jesus Christ was ruthlessly Crucified on a Roman Cross - by the Roman occupation forces; at the behest of the Jewish religious leaders. 

All the enemies of the Son of God came together that day in order to place Christ Jesus on that Cross and torture Him slowly to death.  Yet, it was OUR sins that kept Him hanging there!  (Isaiah 53:4-8)  Thank you, King Jesus!

The sinless, spotless Lamb of God, Christ Jesus, came into this sin-sick world as a man, in order to suffer and die to bear the sins of ‘…His people…’ away forever.  And after He cried ‘It is finished.’, He gave UP the ghost, no man could take it away from Him.  Christ died for to save sinners.  Jesus finished the Sacrifice - and Jesus went up.  Glory to His Name!

“For I delivered unto you first of all that which I also received, how that Christ died for our sins according to the Scriptures; and that He was buried, and that He rose again the third day according to the Scriptures.” (1 Corinthians 15: 3-4)

Jesus Sat Down:  One only sits down when the work required has been fully completed.  Christ Jesus sat down on the right hand of our Father in Heaven to show to all and sundry that the Atonement Sacrifice was complete.  Hallelujah!  The risen and Victorious Jesus sat down!  (Hebrews 7:22-28)

“The Lord (Father) said unto my Lord (Christ the Son of God), Sit Thou at My right hand, until I make thine enemies Thy footstool.”  (Psalm 110:1)

The Passover Sacrifice was nigh:  For hundreds of years the Jewish Nation, and all others who were blessed with faith to believe the prophesies of the coming Messiah, had waited and watched.  However, when the Lord Jesus eventually came, they were the first to reject Him, and put Him to death on that terrible Cross.  They knew not that the true Passover was nigh.

“In the fourteenth day of the first month at even is the Lord’s Passover.”  (Leviticus 23:5)

“He was in the world, and the world was made by Him, and the world knew Him not.  He came unto His own (the Jewish Nation), and His own received Him not.  But as many as received Him (you and me), to them gave He power to become the sons of God, even to them that believe (trust) on His Name.”  (John 1:10-12)

“Observe the month of Abib, and keep the Passover unto the Lord thy God; for in the month of Abib the Lord brought thee forth out of Egypt by night.”  (Deuteronomy 16:1)

National Israel rejected Christ’s Passover Sacrifice on the Cross, and the Lord extended His grace to we Gentile Nations.  The Jewish Passover became our Christian Redemption - for all who are granted faith to believe, to trust in Christ as our Atonement Lamb.  Hallelujah!  What a Saviour!

Thought: Let us go up, sit down, and draw nigh to Jesus our Redeemer. 

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