The Day of Deliverance

1 Cor 5:7

indeed Christ, our Passover , was sacrificed for us. NKJV

The First Passover

Ex 12:1-20

Now the LORD spoke to Moses and Aaron in the land of Egypt, saying, 2 "This month shall be your beginning of months; it shall be the first month of the year to you. 3 Speak to all the congregation of Israel, saying: 'On the tenth of this month every man shall take for himself a lamb, according to the house of his father, a lamb for a household. 4 And if the household is too small for the lamb, let him and his neighbor next to his house take it according to the number of the persons; according to each man's need you shall make your count for the lamb. 5 Your lamb shall be without blemish, a male of the first year. You may take it from the sheep or from the goats. 6 Now you shall keep it until the fourteenth day of the same month. Then the whole assembly of the congregation of Israel shall kill it at twilight. 7 And they shall take some of the blood and put it on the two doorposts and on the lintel of the houses where they eat it. 8 Then they shall eat the flesh on that night; roasted in fire, with unleavened bread and with bitter herbs they shall eat it. 9 Do not eat it raw, nor boiled at all with water, but roasted in fire -- its head with its legs and its entrails. 10 You shall let none of it remain until morning, and what remains of it until morning you shall burn with fire. 11 And thus you shall eat it: with a belt on your waist, your sandals on your feet, and your staff in your hand. So you shall eat it in haste. It is the LORD's Passover.

12 'For I will pass through the land of Egypt on that night, and will strike all the firstborn in the land of Egypt, both man and beast; and against all the gods of Egypt I will execute judgment: I am the LORD. 13 Now the blood shall be a sign for you on the houses where you are. And when I see the blood, I will pass over you; and the plague shall not be on you to destroy you when I strike the land of Egypt.

14 'So this day shall be to you a memorial; and you shall keep it as a feast to the LORD throughout your generations. You shall keep it as a feast by an everlasting ordinance. 15 Seven days you shall eat unleavened bread. On the first day you shall remove leaven from your houses. For whoever eats leavened bread from the first day until the seventh day, that person shall be cut off from Israel. 16 On the first day there shall be a holy convocation, and on the seventh day there shall be a holy convocation for you. No manner of work shall be done on them; but that which everyone must eat -- that only may be prepared by you. 17 So you shall observe the Feast of Unleavened Bread, for on this same day I will have brought your armies out of the land of Egypt. Therefore you shall observe this day throughout your generations as an everlasting ordinance. 18 In the first month, on the fourteenth day of the month at evening, you shall eat unleavened bread, until the twenty-first day of the month at evening. 19 For seven days no leaven shall be found in your houses, since whoever eats what is leavened, that same person shall be cut off from the congregation of Israel, whether he is a stranger or a native of the land. 20 You shall eat nothing leavened; in all your dwellings you shall eat unleavened bread.'" NKJV

In the early Christian Church I am told that they celebrated Passover along with the resurrection of Jesus. It was not until the middle of the second century when Easter was established as a separate holiday. And to ensure that it would not be celebrated on the same day as Passover the date of Easter was set on the first Sunday after the first full moon after the spring equinox.

I wonder if we have not lost something by separating the two. Passover always comes on the 14th day of the Jewish month of Nisan. By separating them we have cut off the foundation, not only of the institution of the supper but of the connection between the crucifixion and Passover.

  1. Selected the 1oth day of the month
  2. It was to be perfect without blemish
  3. Killed at twilight
  4. 1st the blood had to be applied
    1. The lamb must die. Jesus said the Son of man must be lifted up, John 3:14
  5. The lamb was to be roasted with fire.
  6. Not a bone was to be broken.
  7. Bitter herbs
  8. Everyone must be under the blood
  9. All were to eat of it.
    1. Feasting on the lamb would give them strength for the journey.
  10. All that remained was to be totally burned with fire.
  11. Nothing was to be left to decay or spoil.
  12. It was eaten with unleavened bread
  13. It was the means of their deliverance
  14. He was the only one. In spite of the thousands of lambs that were killed you never read of Passover lamb(s) but only of the lamb.
  15. Not to kill them but to kill it.
  16. John said Behold the Lamb of God, John 1:29
  17. Their slavery in Egypt is typical of our bondage in sin.
  18. There was death in every home where the blood was not applied.
  19. The lamb was slain at evening, judgement did not come until mid-night.
    1. There was time to apply the blood and prepare the lamb.
    2. Jesus died 2000 years ago and there is a day of judgment approaching
      This message was preached at FBC Toulon, by Albert Harmon. See it at http://toulonbaptist.com