Exodus 12: 21 NKJV
“Then Moses called for all the elders of Israel and said to them, ‘Pick out and take for yourselves according to your families, and kill the Passover lamb.’ ”
Before Jesus came to this earth, and during His lifetime, the Jewish people sacrificed lambs. The Feast of Passover was one of the occasions/events that a lamb was sacrificed. The people (each family) would pick out a lamb, tie it up outside of their house, and watch it for three days to make sure that there was nothing wrong with it. Any problem or defect would make the lamb unfit for a holy sacrifice. The lamb had to be perfect, without spot or blemish.
Exodus 12:3-6 NKJV
“Speak to 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. And if the household is too small for a 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 count for the lamb. Your lamb shall be without blemish, a male of the first year. You may take it from the sheep or from the goats. 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.’ ”
Jesus Christ is the Lamb that God gave as a sacrifice for the sins of the whole world.
1 Corinthians 5:7 NKJV
“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.”
John 1:29 NKJV
“The next day John saw Jesus coming toward him, and said, ‘Behold! The Lamb of God who takes away the sin of the world!”
Jesus Christ is the Lamb of God that was slain for our sins. He is worthy to be worshiped, honored and adored. Unlike the lambs slain at the Feast of Passover, Jesus Christ prevailed over death and the grave. He is alive and full of power and strength. He alone has the authority to rule and judge.
Revelation 5:6-14 NKJV
“And I looked, and behold, in the midst of the throne and of the four living creature, and in the midst of the elders, stood a Lamb as though it had been slain, having seven horns and seven eyes, which are the seven Spirits of God sent out into all the earth. Then He came and took the scroll out of my hand of Him who sat on the throne.
Now when He had taken the scroll, the four living creatures and the twenty-four elders fell down before the Lamb, each having a harp, and golden bowls full of incense, which are the prayers of the saints.
And they sang a new song, saying:
‘You are worthy to take the scroll, And to open its seals; For You were slain,
And have redeemed us to God by Your blood
Out of every tribe and tongue and people and nation,
And have made us kings and priests to our God; And we shall reign on the earth.’
Then I looked, and I heard the voice of many angels around the throne, the living creatures, and the elders; and the number of them was ten thousand times ten thousand, and thousands of thousands, saying with a loud voice:
‘Worthy is the Lamb who was slain
To receive power and riches and wisdom,
And strength and honor and glory and blessing!’
And every creature which is in heaven and on the earth and under the earth and such as are in the sea, and all that are in them, I heard saying:
‘Blessing and honor and glory and power
Be to Him who sits on the throne,
And to the Lamb, forever and ever!’
Then the four living creatures said, ‘Amen!’ And the twenty-four elders fell down and worshiped Him who lives forever and ever.”
Thank-you for giving Your Son, Jesus, as a sacrifice for my sins. Thank-you that Jesus prevailed over death and the grave. He is alive and sitting at Your right hand in heaven. By the power of the Holy Spirit, help me to always remember the sacrifice that was paid for me and help me to live accordingly.
In Jesus’ name, Amen