Author's Bias | Interpretation: conservative


Paschal lamb

The night before the Exodus, God instructs the Hebrews to sacrifice a year old male lamb or goat without any blemishes (Ex 12:5) and use its blood as protection against God's judgment and final plague against Pharoah (Ex 12:13).

This feast would become a lasting memorial (Exodus 12:14), celebrated annually (Lev 23:4-6) and testament of the historical reality of God (Ex 20:2; Deut 5:6).

When the apostles associate Jesus as the paschal lamb (Passover lamb), Jesus' sacrifice takes on special significance.

Paul calls "For Christ our Passover also has been sacrificed" (1 Cor 5:7).

Peter sees Jesus as having the characteristics of the paschal lamb with an emphasis on His blood: unblemished and spotless (1 Pet 1:19).

John sees Jesus as the "Lamb standing, as if slain" (Rev 5:6).

By divine appointment (Acts 2:23), the time of Jesus' crucifixion took place during the Passover celebration (Mark 14:12).

John the Baptist prophetically sees Jesus as the link between Passover and the Day of Atonement, the "Lamb of God who takes away the sins of the world!" (John 1:29).

For the Jew, as Passover heralded freedom from slavery in Egypt, the death of Christ heralded freedom from slavery to sin (Rom 8:2).

Series: The Doctrine on Salvation

Series: The Doctrine on Salvation
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