Hello, and welcome to Episode 9, in our series, “In the Heart of God.” Today our topic is Passover. Apostle Charles and I are going to discuss what Passover is and its relevance in our lives today. My name is Stephanie Wright. Join us on our journey as we look into the Heart of God to understand the significance of Passover.
Passover is the most important holiday in the Jewish calendar. It is the celebration of the liberation of the Jewish people from 430 years of slavery in Egypt. It will be celebrated this year from Friday, April 15 through sundown on Saturday, April 23. So, it will be celebrated during what we call Resurrection or Easter Sunday, April 17.
The Passover is a remembrance by the Jewish people of that time when they took a lamb, slain it, and put the blood over the post of their door, the death angel passed over (Passover), and in the end, Pharoah did let God’s people go from their bondage.
I have never focused on Passover much but I was moved by some scriptures I was reading one morning in 2 Chronicles 30 and 31. King Hezekiah called the people to Jerusalem to remember the Passover and how God had delivered them out of Egyptian bondage. Some of the people were glad to remember but others mocked the King and did not go to Jerusalem. But those who obeyed the King and came to Jerusalem were blessed. These scriptures made me think about the significance of the lamb and the blood, obedience, and blessing today.
The Passover is a foreshadowing of the Crucifixion of Christ. We know from scripture that Jesus is the Lamb, the Lamb of God. John said in John 1:29, "Behold the Lamb of God who takes away the sin of the world," and in John 1:36, John reaffirms the title, “The next day John sees Jesus coming to him, and says, Behold the Lamb of God, which takes away the sin of the world.” Jesus represents the Passover lamb. And that Lamb’s blood was shed on Calvary for our sin, to take away our sin, to cleanse us from sin. When He gave His life on Calvary, His blood was shed it cleansed us from all sin! 1 John 1:7b reads: But if we walk in the light, as he is in the light, we have fellowship one with another, and the blood of Jesus Christ his Son cleanseth us from all sin. So, we are set free through the shedding of blood from our bondage to sin; through his suffering, we are set free from sickness for by His stripes we are healed (1 Peter 2:24, Isaiah 53:5); and finally, we are set free from death because we will have everlasting life. (1 Corinthians 15:57).
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