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Christ, our Passover Lamb

March 30, 2018

1 Corinthians 5--7–8

For Christian believers Holy Week, the last week of Jesus Christ’s life on earth, culminates with the celebration of his resurrection from the dead. During the same time, Jews are preparing for the start of Passover, the 8-day festival which begins this year today at Sundown on Friday, March 30 and ends on the evening of April 7. 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.

Throughout the Old Testament the reference to the Passover Lamb and other aspects of the Seder and other events appear as “foreshadowing” or as “types” that unfold in the life of Jesus Christ, the Messiah.  Note this reference in 1 Corinthians 5:7-8 (NLT):

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.So let us celebrate the festival, not with the old bread of wickedness and evil, but with the new bread of sincerity and truth.

This verse 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 brought to mind Isaiah 53 and 1 Corinthians 5:7, inspiring the following poem which recognizes and personalizes the sacrifice of Jesus Christ on our 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 our iniquity.

Behold the Lamb, unblemished sacrifice,

Offered once, Jesus Christ, our Passover.

Afflicted, stricken, smitten that God should

Freely pour out His mercy, moreover,

Lay on Him the chastisement of our peace.

From His side flowed water and sinless blood,

A new covenant established that we 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 we are healed.

By the blood of the Lamb we are made whole,

Quickened, cleansed in spirit, body, and soul.

 

Kent Cole Cooley offers “Jesus Our Passover Lamb” to conclude: