“Therefore purge out the old leaven, that you may be a new lump,
since you truly are unleavened. For indeed Christ, our Passover,
was sacrificed for us.”
1 Corinthians 5:7 (NKJV)
WHAT IT MEANS…
Christ is our English translation from the Greek word Christos meaning Anointed One. It is found over 560 times in the New Testament and is used as an epithet (descriptive destination) in conjunction with Jesus.
Passover comes from the the word pecach or pascha referring to Exodus 12 where the first Passover is established when God delivered the children of Israel from Egyptian bondage, but before He did, He told Moses to have each household prepare a sacrifice and smear some of the blood on the sides and the tops of the doorframes of every house so that the death angel would pass over their homes as he went through taking the firstborn of the Egyptians and any who did not have the blood on their doors.
They were also to rid their homes of all leaven and eat unleavened bread for seven days before the Passover. Leaven represents sin.
As Christians, we are to purge out the sin in our lives and live holy lives representing the new lump, as 1 Corinthians 5:7-8 tells us.
Christ, is the Passover offering. When the Father sees those of us who are in Christ, He sees us through the blood of Jesus… the Anointed Passover Lamb.
John that Baptist proclaimed Jesus was the fulfillment of the Passover when, in John 1:29, he proclaimed, “The next day John saw Jesus coming toward him, and said, “Behold! The Lamb of God who takes away the sin of the world!”
HOW IT APPLIES TO OUR LIVES…
Have you ever bought one of those giant-sized puzzles with a jillion and one pieces and then tried to put it together? It’s not an easy task, and if just one piece is missing or is forced into the wrong place, it ruins the whole picture.
It didn’t start when Jesus came to this planet. The establishment and fulfillment of the Passover was in the heart of God before time began. Jesus, His only Son, would be the Lamb of God who takes away the sin of the world.
More complicated than an intricate puzzle, every event from Exodus 12 to the crucifixion of Jesus Christ has been Divinely and perfectly put in place by the Living God to give us a clear and beautiful portrait of the Passover.
The Passover, from beginning to the end, was and has always been, all about Jesus.
What that means for you and me is that, Jesus paid it all. It was His blood that was shed for the remission of our sins. The Father sees all of us through the blood of Jesus. Eternally forgiven. Eternally His.
That’s good news, sweet friend!
Today, take some time to contemplate the grand story of God. It didn’t start in Genesis 1. His plan of redemption was already in the heart and mind of God long before He created heaven and earth.
What an amazing God who would create the human race! He knew we couldn’t make it past the first 2 people born before we would rebel against Him. He knew the Fall would separate mankind from Him and, yet, He still choose to send His Son to make it possible for us to be forgiven and be redeemed back into an eternal relationship with Him that was lost in the Fall.
Y’all! WOW! What an amazing God we serve! Take some time today and thank Him for His relentless love. Thank Him for Christ the Passover.
HOW WE CAN PAUSE TO WORSHIP HIM TODAY…
- Praise Him for who He is the Christ Our Passover. The Anointed Passover Lamb who came to this earth for the purpose of shedding His blood, so that we could be saved. Praise Him that when the Father sees us, He sees us through the blood of Jesus.
- Thank Him for being the Christ Jesus and call upon Him to be the Christ Our Passover of your life.
- Confess and repent of any disobedience to or disregard of Christ Our Passover.
- And just take a few minutes to listen to this beautiful song. Allow yourself to bask in the beauty of knowing the Christ Our Passover and worship Him for who He is.
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HOW WE CAN FIND OUT MORE
- Read through the Exodus 12 at biblegateway.com and get a much clearer understanding of the Passover and how important it is that Jesus is the Anointed Passover Lamb.
- Read through the information at biblehub.com to discover more about the meaning and use of the word Passover.
- Read this article at JewsforJesus.org to see how the Passover was a foreshadowing of Jesus coming as the Lamb of God who took away the sins of the world.
SUGGESTIONS TO HELP DIVE DEEPER:
- Create a “Knowing God More” Journal. Write out what you learn & how God speaks to you.
- Write each name on a 3 X 5 and meditate on them throughout the day.
- Contemplate the significance of the name or title in context.
- How does that name or title relate to you?
- How can you honor Him more as ______________?
- In what areas have you seen Him be ______________ in your life?
- How can you pray to Him by this specific name or title?
- How can you pray His specific names or titles over your husband, your children or those you know and love?
- Use a Bible Dictionary and Commentaries to help deepen your level of understanding.
What did you know about the Christ before today? How has this helped you know Him more?
Thanks for joining me in this journey to know Him more!!! Please be sure to share any comments or questions you might have!
1 Corinthians 5:7