Daily email Number 197 – from the Vicar

I believe that yesterday’s passage was so important that it is worth reading it again today, Exodus Chapter 12 verses 1 to 30.You can tell that this was a landmark moment, because the religious calendar for God’s people was set or started from this point (vs.1-2).
I want to concentrate today a bit more on the links between the Passover and the person and work of Christ as we see it in the New Testament.
The lamb without defect who is killed for the passover feast is a symbol for something that is much bigger that was to come.
The apostle Paul writes this, ‘For Christ, our Passover lamb, has been sacrificed.  Therefore let us keep the Festival…’ (1 Corinthians Ch.5 v.7)And the apostle Peter writes this, ‘you were redeemed … with the precious blood of Christ, a lamb without blemish or defect.’ (1 Peter Ch.1 vs.18-19) 
And so the choir in heaven sing, ‘Worthy is the Lamb who was slain…’ (Revelation Ch.5 v.12)
There are many instructions about using unleavened bread in the passover feast, that is bread without yeast, and yeast in the New Testament was often seen as a symbol of sin, so again St Paul writes just before the words quoted above, ‘Get rid of the old yeast that you may be a new batch without yeast – as you really are.  For Christ, our Passover lamb, has been sacrificed.’ (1 Corinthians Ch.5 v.7) 
And of course there is much here about blood, and so Jesus says at the last supper, which was a Passover meal, ‘This cup is the new covenant in my blood, which is poured out for you.’ (Luke Ch.22 v.20).
And so as Christian people we look to the blood of Christ to save us, just as the Israelites then looked to the blood of the lamb on their doorposts to save them.Sue remembers reading a book that she was given during her nurse’s training, ‘The Normal Christian Life’ by a Chinese pastor Watchman Nee, which really helped her take steps forward in her Christian faith.  And in particular the writer’s description of the first Passover made her realise that the Hebrew people were no different from their neighbours except for one thing, they’d claimed God’s protection by putting blood on their doorposts.  She thought about Jesus dying in her place and made a decision that she had to give her whole life to Him, and pictured herself with blood on her forehead showing that she belonged to Him.
More of the story tomorrow…
From our church address list please remember in your prayers today,- Lynn & Paul- Jason, Corette, Pieter and Zarah

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