Jesus Christ, our Passover Lamb

1 Corinthians 5--7–8

Usually I post a blog based on the Verse of the Day found on Biblegateway.com; however, for today, March 26, 2016, I am posting comments inspired by two verses that appeared on the home page of Logos Bible Software.

1 Corinthians 5:7-8 (NLT):

7 Get rid of the old “yeast” by removing this wicked person from among you. Then you will be like a fresh batch of dough made without yeast, which is what you really are. Christ, our Passover Lamb, has been sacrificed for us. 8 So let us celebrate the festival, not with the old bread of wickedness and evil, but with the new bread of sincerity and truth.

For Christian believers Holy Week, the last week of Jesus Christ’s life on earth, culminates with Easter Sunday, which commemorates his resurrection from the dead. There have been times that during that same period, Jews are preparing for the start of Passover. The 8-day festival begins this year at Sundown on Friday, April 22 and ends on the evening of Friday, April 29. Passover, also known as Pesach, commemorates the Jewish exodus from Egypt, as families traditionally gather for a Seder dinner, where they retell the story of the escape from slavery, through the plagues, and to the parting of the Red Sea.

Jesus Christ appears as a type, a foreshadowing of events to come, throughout the Old Testament, as in the case of the Passover Lamb and other aspects of the Seder, the traditional meal served as part of the observance of Passover. The verse posted on the home page of Logos Bible Software reminds us that Jesus Christ died at the precise time that the Passover Lamb was slain.

The verse from 1 Corinthians 5:7 also brings to mind a most memorable intersection of Good Friday and the start of Passover which occurred in 1998. At that time as a congregation, our church participated in Holy Communion on Good Friday. Although I had observed and participated in the Lord’s Supper countless times since adolescence when I first learned the significance of what that observance really meant, on that particular occasion, I took communion and observed the elements of Christ’s sacrifice with new eyes. That experience also brought to mind Isaiah 53 and 1 Corinthians 5:7, inspiring the following poem in which I recognized and personalized the sacrifice of Jesus Christ on my behalf:

Taking It Personally

Isaiah 53

“For indeed Christ, our Passover,
was sacrificed for us.”
Corinthians 5:7b

Cursed with a curse, He was hung on a tree.

The suffering servant bartered for a price,

Battered and bruised for my iniquity.

Behold the Lamb, unblemished sacrifice,

Offered once, Jesus Christ, my Passover.

Afflicted, stricken, smitten that God should

Freely pour out His mercy, moreover,

Lay on Him the chastisement of my peace.

From His side flowed water and sinless blood,

A new covenant established that I might cease

From dead works by a new and living way.

God’s good pleasure no longer concealed

But memorialized this solemn day.

Man of sorrows, with His stripes I am healed

In spirit, mind and body, for I am

Quickened and cleansed by the blood of the Lamb.

The accompanying music video highlights the portrayal of Jesus Christ, our Passover.

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