Jesus is the Passover Lamb

1 04 2012

Jesus is Passover Lamb

Jesus is the Passover Lamb – Mark 15 

You cannot reflect on the Resurrection at Easter, properly, without first reflecting on the cross of Christ and Jesus as your Passover Lamb.

Context of Creation: from the beginning (read Genesis 2:17-3:1-21) in paradise to the end (Revelation 21:8), God was showing us that the penalty for sin is death. Adam & Eve chose their wishes over the ability to walk & talk with the Creator.

Context of Passover: along the way (read Exodus 12) God provided deliverance from and atonement for their sin with  a Passover Lamb.

Symbol of the cross. We’re about to read the story behind one of the most recognizable symbols in history.

Read Mark 15.

Jesus held at the house of Caiaphas. In the basement rests a Bible open to Psalm 88.

Jesus was falsely accused at trial before Pilate.

Soldiers mocked Jesus, bullying him and making fun of him.

Jesus is executed by crucifixion, a symbol of the cursed and the worst possible death.

Crucifixion was invented by the Persians, perfected by the Romans, and practiced by the Nazis at Dachau and Khmer Rouge in Cambodia and now in Sudan.

“Excruciating” means “from the cross”.

It was ultimately an agonizing death by asphyxiation.

It was the means by which God has chosen to forgive our sins.

Jesus knew what it was to be forsaken. “Why have you abandoned me?”

Jesus died of a broken heart, when blood & water flowed.

Roman soldier said, “truly the Son of God.”

He died at noon and complete darkness fell. The curtain in the sanctuary of the Temple was ripped.

Jesus’ burial in a wealthy man’s tomb provided a cave with a stone rolled in front of the exit.

Jesus is the Passover Lamb.

“It is at the cross of Jesus that the love of God for us is most clearly seen.” MD

God chose a humble birth and a humble death for Jesus.

Why? Jesus died “for” our sins. He died “because of” our sins. So it was our sins, but His death.

“He was wounded for our transgressions; He was crushed for our iniquities; upon Him was the chastisement that brought us peace, and with He stripes we are healed.” Is 53:5

“He was delivered up for our trespasses.” Rom 4:25

“while we were still sinners, Christ died for us.” Rom 5:8

“Christ died for our sins” 1 Cor 15:3

“Christ redeemed us from the curse of the law by becoming a curse for us.” Gal 3:13

“For Christ also suffered once for sins, the righteous for the unrighteous, that He might bring us to God.” 1 Pet 3:18

“He is the propitiation for our sins, and not for ours only but also for the sins of the whole world.” 1 Jn 2:2

“Jesus’ death was substitutionary, or vicarious, and in our place solely for our benefit and without benefit for himself. God’s wrath is taken from us, because of Jesus so that we are no longer under God’s wrath.” Mark Driscoll

“The human problem is sin, the divine motivation is holy love, and the death & resurrection of the God-man Jesus is the solution.” Mark Driscoll

“The Passover memorialized the night in Egypt when in faith God’s people covered the doorposts of their home with blood so that death would not come the firstborn son in their home but would rather pass over them (Ex6-12). Jesus, the firstborn Son of God, likewise had come to die and cover us with his blood so that God’s just wrath would literally pass over us sinners as the essence of the new covenant (Lk 22:19-21).

Jesus chose to lay down His life.

“…keeping our eyes on Jesus, the champion who initiates and perfects our faith. Because of the joy awaiting Him, He endured the cross, disregarding its shame. Now He is seated in the place of honor beside God’s throne. Think of all the hostility He endured from sinful people; then you won’t become weary and give up.” Heb 12:2-3

Restored to relationship – walking with God.

Make time to reflect.

You cannot reflect on the Resurrection at Easter, properly, without first reflecting on the cross of Christ and Jesus as your Passover Lamb.


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