Exodus

Pictured in the Passover are both the first and second comings of Christ.

Then Moses called for all the elders of Israel and said to them, “Go and take for yourselves lambs according to your families, and slay the Passover lamb.  You shall take a bunch of hyssop and dip it in the blood which is in the basin, and apply some of the blood that is in the basin to the lintel and the two doorposts; and none of you shall go outside the door of his house until morning.  For the LORD will pass through to smite the Egyptians; and when He sees the blood on the lintel and on the two doorposts, the LORD will pass over the door and will not allow the destroyer to come in to your houses to smite you.  Exodus 12: 21 – 23

The first coming is pictured in the slaying of the lamb, for Jesus Christ was crucified during Passover and is called the “Lamb of God”.

When Jesus had finished all these words, He said to His disciples, “You know that after two days the Passover is coming, and the Son of Man is to be handed over for crucifixion.” Matthew 26: 1 – 2
Therefore when Pilate heard these words, he brought Jesus out, and sat down on the judgment seat at a place called The Pavement, but in Hebrew, Gabbatha.  Now it was the day of preparation for the Passover…John 19: 13 – 14
Behold, the Lamb of God who takes away the sin of the world!  John 1: 29
…For Christ our Passover also has been sacrificed.  Therefore let us celebrate the feast, not with old leaven, nor with the leaven of malice and wickedness, but with the unleavened bread of sincerity and truth.  1 Corinthians 5: 7 – 8

The Israelites were asked to slay the lamb and apply it’s blood to their home; we are asked to believe in the One who was slain so that we might be redeemed by His blood.

The second coming of Christ is pictured in the destroyer who “passed over” the homes with the blood of the lamb on their lintel and doorposts and who smote those without the blood.  When Christ returns He will judge the world in similar fashion: His eternal wrath will pass over those saved by His blood and will fall upon those who would rather boast in their works rather than in the blood of Christ.

…you were not redeemed with perishable things like silver or gold from your futile way of life inherited from your forefathers, but with precious blood, as of a lamb unblemished and spotless, the blood of Christ.  1 Peter 1: 18 – 19
How much severer punishment do you think he will deserve who has trampled under foot the Son of God, and has regarded as unclean the blood of the covenant by which he was sanctified, and has insulted the Spirit of grace?  Hebrews 10: 29
Then the kings of the earth and the great men and the commanders and the rich and the strong and every slave and free man hid themselves in the caves and among the rocks of the mountains; and they said to the mountains and to the rocks, “Fall on us and hide us from the presence of Him who sits on the throne, and from the wrath of the Lamb; for the great day of their wrath has come, and who is able to stand?”  Revelation 6: 15 – 17
For God so loved the world, that He gave His only begotten Son, that whoever believes in Him shall not perish, but have eternal life…He who believes in Him is not judged; he who does not believe has been judged already, because he has not believed in the name of the only begotten Son of God.  John 3: 16, 18
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