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This day shall be a memorial to you, and you shall keep it as a feast to the Lord. Throughout your generations you shall keep it a feast by an eternal ordinance. — Exodus 12:14

The Lamb of God

The Passover celebration continued unbroken down through the centuries until Christ our Savior came. When John the Baptist pointed Him out at the beginning of his ministry, he said, “Look, the Lamb of God, who takes away the sin of the world” (John 1:29)—not the lamb of a household, but the Lamb of God, who takes away the sin of all of the world for all time.

Christ was the true Passover that the lambs of old merely pointed toward, the One who alone could truly take away sin and bring forgiveness. The Passover was instituted because God had determined that He would send a true sacrifice for sins—that One in whom we must hide if we would be spared from the wrath of God.

In the ancient sacrifice it was a time of impending doom as the angel of death passed over the land of Egypt. For all of us, not long hence, the angel of death shall breathe upon us and we shall breathe our last in this world. We need to remember that apart from that protective blood of Christ we have no hope. In providing that blood it was necessary that the Lamb should die. Substitution. Propitiation. The innocent dying for the guilty.

This was God’s omnipotent plan—that pure innocence should die for utter depravity. Christ came to be our hiding place.