“Get rid of the old yeast, so that you may be a new unleavened batch—as you really are. For Christ, our Passover lamb, has been sacrificed.” 1 Corinthians 5:7
Passover, the death/resurrection and redemption work of Christ, and the coronavirus
I think everyone can easily see the correlations here. In case you cannot, I will try to share the thoughts on it today, before Passover starts (at dusk, tonight).
Here is what the Bible says regarding the Passover:
21 Then Moses summoned all the elders of Israel and said to them, “Go at once and select the animals for your families and slaughter the Passover lamb. 22 Take a bunch of hyssop, dip it into the blood in the basin and put some of the blood on the top and on both sides of the doorframe. None of you shall go out of the door of your house until morning. 23 When the LORD goes through the land to strike down the Egyptians, he will see the blood on the top and sides of the doorframe and will pass over that doorway, and he will not permit the destroyer to enter your houses and strike you down. 24 “Obey these instructions as a lasting ordinance for you and your descendants. 25 When you enter the land that the LORD will give you as he promised, observe this ceremony. 26 And when your children ask you, ‘What does this ceremony mean to you?’ 27 then tell them, ‘It is the Passover sacrifice to the LORD, who passed over the houses of the Israelites in Egypt and spared our homes when he struck down the Egyptians.’ ” Then the people bowed down and worshiped. 28 The Israelites did just what the LORD commanded Moses and Aaron.Exodus 12:21-30
29 At midnight the LORD struck down all the firstborn in Egypt, from the firstborn of Pharaoh, who sat on the throne, to the firstborn of the prisoner, who was in the dungeon, and the firstborn of all the livestock as well. 30 Pharaoh and all his officials and all the Egyptians got up during the night, and there was loud wailing in Egypt, for there was not a house without someone dead.
The Israelites were told to “Stay Home” – this sounds like the same thing we are being told. They went through 9 plagues and the 10th one was the Angel of Death who came and took all of the first borns throughout the land. The Israelites marked their door with the blood of the sacrificial lamb and were safe – they were covered with the blood. The blood was the way to salvation from both Death and the Egyptians.
The Coronavirus is moving like a plague and Christian are staying home praying the power of the shed blood of Christ over their families and selves. And we are praying Psalm 91.
“Because you have made the LORD your dwelling— my refuge, the Most High—no evil will befall you, no plague will approach your tent.” Psalm 91:9-10
And today is Passover. Friday is Good Friday – the day we remember that Christ died and the work he accomplished through death. Then Sunday is the day we remember his resurrection and victory over death and sin; the ripped veil in the temple and the separation from God restored; and the new covenant, not under law, but through grace! (ah, yes, that blessed Grace that saved a wretch like me!)
It was on Passover approximately 2000 years ago, that Jesus had his ‘last supper’ with his disciples. Knowing full well Judas was a traitor, he none the less ate with him and all of the 12 and…
“26 While they were eating, Jesus took bread, and when he had given thanks, he broke it and gave it to his disciples, saying, “Take and eat; this is my body.” 27 Then he took a cup, and when he had given thanks, he gave it to them, saying, “Drink from it, all of you. 28 This is my blood of the covenant, which is poured out for many for the forgiveness of sins.” Matthew 26:26-28
This powerful salvation blood! Sin leads to death and the blood redeems!
” 16 For God so loved the world that he gave his one and only Son, that whoever believes in him shall not perish but have eternal life. 17 For God did not send his Son into the world to condemn the world, but to save the world through him.” John 3:16-17
The parallels between Passover lamb and Jesus have been made since Paul wrote to the first century church – but how much more it seems alive and applicable while we all ‘stay home’. There are never coincidences with God – this is obviously a sign of something, but I can only speculate what it could be.
“And do this, understanding the present time: The hour has already come for you to wake up from your slumber, because our salvation is nearer now than when we first believed.” Romans 13:11 NIV
Yes – the hour has come to wake up.
Chag Pesach sameach! ~ Grace be with you ~Thank you for reading ~ be healthy and blessed ~ Pray for our nation ~ pray Psalm 91