“For Christ, our Passover lamb, has been sacrificed.” (1 Corinthians 5:7)
The Israelites were safe from God’s plague over Egypt, if they had the blood of a Passover lamb on their doorposts. This was a specific command in a specific situation. But there was more to it.
This ritual Passover meal had to be repeated and celebrated every year, as a reminder of God’s salvation. The Passover lamb was a symbol of God’s redemption in a hopeless situation. The rituals of Passover have received a far deeper meaning still since Jesus Christ died on the cross to provide salvation for sinners.
In the New Testament, He is called “Christ, our Passover lamb”. His blood cleanses us from sin (1 John 1:7), and saves us from God’s wrath. Therefore, we no longer celebrate the Passover rituals with the lamb and the meal, but we celebrate the Lord’s Supper. When we eat the bread and drink the wine, we follow Jesus’ instructions as He said: “This is my body, which is for you. Do this in remembrance of me” (1 Corinthians 11:24).
Do you remember God’s salvation work and rejoice in it?