Jesus In Deuteronomy
Jesus in Deuteronomy
“You may not sacrifice the Passover within any of your gates which the Lord your God gives you; but at the place where the Lord your God chooses…you shall sacrifice the Passover at twilight at the going down of the sun...”
Deuteronomy 16:5, 6 NKJV
The Passover was a feast commemorating the Exodus from Egypt. The Lord passed over the houses with the blood around the doors. Every other house lost their first born. Pharaoh even lost his child. The death of the Passover wasn’t excused in the houses that were passed over, but a lamb was to be sacrificed instead. This sacrifice was to continue through the history of Israel as that reminder of their liberation from Egypt.
Christians today don’t celebrate the Passover because we have a different sacrifice and a different liberation. We were not liberated from Egypt, but we have been liberated from sin. We will be passed over when the Lord sees our home (our soul) washed in the blood of the true Passover sacrifice. Namely the blood of Jesus.
Paul makes it clear that Jesus is our Passover Lamb when he mentions it in 1 Corinthians 5:7. Jesus was sacrificed outside the city at Golgotha, and Jesus died just before twilight. But the lesson is even more applicable. In 1 Corinthians 5:7, Paul warns us to remove the leavening that corrupts us. He is referring to people who will be a temptation and a snare to those who are faithful. We need to remember not to be deceived because bad company does corrupt good morals. (1 Corinthians 15:33)
Let’s continue to embrace the liberation from the shackles of sin. If you haven’t had that liberation realize you need to obey the Passover Lamb to have His blood wash you white as snow. Obedience begins by believing in Him which includes confessing Him (Romans 10:8, 9), repenting of our sins (Acts 2:28), being baptized into the Christ (Galatians 3:27), and living faithfully until death (Revelation 2:10).