My Daily Journal:
From the beginning of time God had designed the feast of passover to be a forebearing of the gift of salvation and life through His son. The chief priests and elders were plotting to murder Jesus, “but not during the festival.” However, there plans were no mystery to Christ and their timing was not how things were to be.
For them passover had become a meal and a time of reflection of looking back. We do this today with our own feasts and celebrations. We prepare for weeks for a big party or to host a big dinner and then we just want to crash, to take a nap.
But that wasn’t what passover was supposed to be about. Yes, it was a time of remembrance, but they were to remember the entire thing. Look at Exodus 12:11 – This is how you are to eat it: with your cloak tucked into your belt, your sandals on your feet and your staff in your hand. Eat it in haste; it is the Lord’s Passover. The passover meal wasn’t the ending. The day of passover wasn’t the goal. It was the doorway that was to be passed through to enter freedom and salvation, to live as a people set apart for God. It is a time of looking forward to the promise.
That is also the message of the cross. Jesus’ death at passover wasn’t an ending, it was an opening of a doorway. We can get so busy and focuses on the event and the meal that we, too, can forget, when the sun rises we are to be ready to go out into the world and proclaim the good news of freedom.
Final Egypt plague, death of first born, the angel of death passed over the household’s marked with lamb’s blood
perfect lamb, without blemish, family/community, killed at twilight (not sunset), hyssop branches used to paint blood over door (same branches used to give vinegar to Jesus), that night judgment brought upon all false gods, households saved by the blood of the lamb
Luke: He took, gave thanks, broke it, gave it, “body given for you, remember, cup new cov. blood, for U.
John: I am living bread, eat and live forever, unless you remember you have no life, but do and live
1Pete1: precious blood of Christ, a lamb without blemish or defect
1Pete2: He himself bore our sins, might die to sin, live in righteousness, by his wounds have been healed
1John: walk in light, fellowship with one another, purified of sin by blood of Jesus
It is a new covenant and when you eat and drink, you proclaim the Lord’s death until He comes again
Focus is not just on my sin and forgiveness, but a joy of salvation, His return and eternity through this promise