Jesus Our Passover by David Benjamin (republished)

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The Passover Seder (the word “Seder” means “order”) is a celebration ordained by God to remember the deliverance of the Hebrew nation from slavery in Egypt. However, for a Messianic Jew like me, that is, a Jew who follows Jesus, this celebration takes on another meaning as well. For on this day we celebrate that not only did the Hebrews of old escape death but so do we.

Passover takes place on the 14th day of the first month of the Jewish calendar which is called Nissan, usually coming around the end of March or the beginning of April.

If you are new to the Jewish understanding of Christianity, you probably do not know that all Jewish Holy Days, like Passover, are also prophetic. This one in particular bears a prophesy that has been in effect for the entire history of mankind; a Savior will rescue us from the curse of death brought on by sin.

Passover is the story of the spotless (signifying sinless) lamb slain to save all those who place its blood on the doorposts and lintels of their houses. The whole meaning of the celebration is summed up in its name. Passover, literally means “pass over” and so it is “the celebration of the passing over”. The enslaved Israelites in Egypt were told to swipe the blood of a lamb over and to the side posts of their door way. That way, the angel of death would “pass over” that house. The prophesy given by Passover is this: The saving of man from the judgment of God via the blood of a perfect sacrifice.

The fulfillment of this prophecy begins as Jesus enters Jerusalem to the praise of the people. At this time, during the traditional celebration of Passover, a spotless lamb would be brought into the temple and would have been inspected for blemishes for the next four days. Similarly, for the next four days Jesus is tested by the Pharisees and still none can find him at fault. He is spotless.

On the eve of Passover Jesus and the disciples celebrate the Holy Day just like any other law abiding Jews. Near the end of the Seder meal Jesus institutes the Communion declaring of the matzo and wine, “Do this in Remembrance of Me.”

That night Jesus is taken by the Pharisees. He endures torture, beatings, illegal Jewish trials and a Roman sentence before being led to Calvary. It is the ninth hour of the morning when Jesus is nailed to the cross. At this exact time in the traditional Passover celebration the spotless lamb is sacrificed in the temple. Not a bone of the lamb was to be broken, and none were, in either Jesus or the lamb. The prophecy is complete.

It is no mystery that John the Baptist said of Jesus, “Behold, the Lamb of God, that taketh away the sin of the world.” Jesus was and is forever the Spotless Passover Lamb of God. This year, even if you are not from a Jewish background, I encourage you to search out a Messianic Seder. Your relationship with the Lord will be deepened as you relive the Lord’s last supper and understand the long history and fulfilled prophecy behind the sacrifice of the Lamb.

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