The nation of Israel had been enslaved to the Egyptians for 300 years. Finally, the time had come for God to deliver them. Moses went to Pharaoh and demanded, “Let my people go.”
Pharaoh grunted, laughed, and spilled his coffee on himself. Then he kicked Moses to the curb.
Nine massive plagues later and the Pharaoh wasn’t laughing. Egypt was devastated. One final plague and the Egyptians would beg the Jews to leave.
God told Moses that he was sending his death angel to Egypt. The angel would take the life of every firstborn of the Egyptians. This was payback judgment for the days when Pharaoh commanded the Jews to kill their own male infants.
That night was both terrible and holy. God had instructed the Jews to pick an unblemished lamb and hold it 14 days. The women were to sweep through the house and get every speck of leaven out of it. Then at dusk on the night of judgment, they were to kill the lamb and smear the blood on the doorposts of their homes.
When the angel saw the blood of the lamb he would pass over.
Inside their homes, the Jews held the first Passover. The lamb was eaten with unleavened bread and bitter herbs. The unleavened bread symbolized personal holiness. The bitter herbs reminded them about the bitterness of slavery. The lamb was a symbol of atonement.
Fast-forward 1400 years. Jesus and his disciples were in the upper room taking that same ancient Passover feast together.
There were three food items on the table: lamb, bitter herbs, and unleavened bread.
After the Passover meal, Jesus instituted a new celebration we call, “The Lord’s Supper.
Matthew 26:26 While they were eating, Jesus took some bread, and after a blessing, He broke it and gave it to the disciples, and said, “Take, eat; this is My body.”
WAIT! HOLD ON JUST ONE MINUTE! IF I COULD MAKE THAT SCREETCHING SOUND WHEN SOMEONE STOPS A RECORD PLAYER I WOULD.
STOP! WHY DID HE PICK UP THE BREAD?
WHY NOT THE LAMB?
The lamb represents a body a lot better than bread. The lamb actually has a body?
Why didn’t the LAMB OF GOD pick up the lamb and say, “This is my body…”
Come worship with us this Sunday and find out. The answer might just change your life.