Monday, December 10, 2012

The Passover revealed Christ

Exodus 12:21 (NKJV) Then Moses called for all the elders of Israel and said to them, "Pick out and take lambs for yourselves according to your families, and kill the Passover lamb. 

Before God gave us the Ten Commandments, only one type of offering was necessary to allow God to connect with His children. The most common name for this offering in Scripture is the burnt offering. The first record of a burnt offering was Abel's sacrifice that made Cain jealous (Ge. 4:3, 4). The Passover lamb we read about in Exodus 12 was also a burnt offering.

The Passover celebration was an annual event (Ex. 12:17). The Passover was a special burnt offering because it was prophetic of Jesus. This offering had unique instructions that pointed to Jesus. Jesus became the final Passover sacrifice about fifteen-hundred years later.

One special instruction God gave the people for this sacrifice; select the Lamb on the tenth day of the month and keep it to be sacrificed on the fourteenth day (Ex: 12:3-6). God did not give a reason for the four-day period; this was never required for any other sacrifice. This is because it was prophetic of the crucifixion.

The Pharisees selected Jesus four days before He was crucified. The Bible tells us in Mark 14:1, "After two days it was the Passover and the Feast of Unleavened Bread. And the chief priests and the scribes sought how they might take Him by trickery and put Him to death." Notice that Mark said, "After two days it was the Passover." This means Passover was in three days. Jesus was hung on the cross the day after Passover.

The Bible says in Matthew 26:15, on this night the Pharisees counted out thirty pieces of silver for Judas Iscariot who agreed to give them Jesus. The Pharisees purchased their lamb four days in advance, unwittingly fulfilling the prophetic message of the Passover.

Since Jesus became the ultimate sacrifice, all the benefits provided to God's children at the first Passover, are benefits to those who believe in the crucifixion of Christ. God's people were freed from slavery (Ex. 12:33), they received healing (Ps. 105:37), and even plundered the enemy (Ex. 12:36).

If you suffer from any sort of bondage, health issues, or lack---declare what belongs to you through Jesus. He paid a hefty price so you can have it. Restoration will begin the moment you believe it belongs to you.

Be Blessed!

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