“The animals you choose must be year-old
males without defect, and you may take them from the sheep or the goats…
Then they are to take some of the blood and put it on the sides and tops
of the doorframes of the houses where they eat the lambs. It is the
LORD's Passover. On that same night I will pass through Egypt and strike
down every firstborn—both men and animals—and I will bring judgment on
all the gods of Egypt. I am the LORD. The blood will be a sign for you
on the houses where you are; and when I see the blood, I will PASS OVER
you. No destructive plague will touch you when I strike Egypt. This is a
day you are to commemorate; for the generations to come you shall
celebrate it as a festival to the LORD -a lasting ordinance.” (Exodus
12:5, 7, 11, 13-14, NIV)
I asked myself what are the commandments given in
1. The sheep or the
goats you choose must be year-old males without defect.
2. Take some of the
blood and put it on the sides and tops of the doorframes of the houses
where they eat the lambs.
3. This is a day you
are to commemorate; for the generations to come you shall celebrate it
as a festival to the LORD -a lasting ordinance.”
I asked myself what are the 7 promises
given in this passage by the Lord?
1. It is the LORD’s
2. On that same night
I will pass through Egypt.
3. I will strike down
every firstborn----both men and animals.
4. I will bring
judgment on all the gods of Egypt.
5. I am the LORD.
6. The blood will be
a sign for you on the houses where you are.
7. When I see the
blood, I will PASS OVER you. No destructive plague will touch you when I
I asked myself what do the observations
have to do with the cross and decided to look at all 10 observations!
When I think of the cross, I cannot forget PASSOVER remembering the One who went to the cross to pay the penalty for
my sin so God's judgement will passover me. For my sins are many and my
struggle with reconciliation and forgiveness is real. But thanks be to
the Lord Jesus Christ, who covers me in His precious Blood, His judgment
will passover me. I need to give the same grace to those who have shamed
me, etc because we shame the Lord everyday by our actions and yet He is
so gracious to forgive us to reconcile us before the Father.
All this I keep in mind as I study the 10 points of Passover in
light of the cross.
The sheep or the goats you choose must be year-old
males without defect.
For PASSOVER, the animals that were chosen for a sacrifice were animals
without any defect. In the same way, Jesus was chosen for the ULTIMATE SACRIFICE who was
without blemish or defect.
"But it was not the of
goats and calves. No, he took his own,
and with it he, by himself, made sure of our eternal salvation."
(Hebrews 9:12, TLB)
"For it is not possible for the blood of bulls and goats really to
take away sins. That
is why Christ said as he came into the world, “O God, the blood of
bulls and goats cannot satisfy you, so you have made ready this body
of mine for me to lay as a sacrifice upon your altar." (Hebrews
“For you know that it was not with perishable
things such as silver or gold that you were redeemed from the empty way
of life handed down to you from your forefathers, but with the precious
blood of Christ, a lamb without blemish or defect.” (1 Peter 1:18-19,
"Take some of the blood and put it on the sides
and tops of the doorframes of the houses where they eat the lambs."
For PASSOVER, it was very important that the Israelites took some of the
blood of the sacrifice and put it on the sides and tops of the
doorframes where they ate the lambs.
This is very interesting because when you look at the sides and tops of
the doorframes covered in blood, you actually get a Π shape covered in
When you take the vertical line from the left or right and move it into
the center, you get a ┼ covered in blood.
It is very interesting that Jesus Christ became our sacrificial Lamb of
God without any blemish or defect and was sacrificed on the CROSS in the
center of two criminals to His left and right. The CROSS was filled with
the Blood of Jesus Christ.
"And it was because he believed God would save his people that he
commanded them to kill a lamb as God had told them to and sprinkle
the blood on
the doorposts of their homes so that God’s terrible Angel of Death
could not touch the oldest child in those homes as he did among the
Egyptians." (Hebrews 11:28, TLB)
"For God sent Christ Jesus to take the punishment for our sins and to
end all God’s anger against us. He used Christ’s Blood and
our faith as the means of saving us from his wrath. In this way he
was being entirely fair, even though he did not punish those who
sinned in former times. For he was looking forward to the time when
Christ would come and take away those sins. (Romans 3:25, TLB)
It was through what his Son did that God cleared a path for
everything to come to him—all things in heaven and on earth—for
Christ’s death on the cross has made peace with God for all by his
(Colossians 1:20, TLB)
“And being found in appearance as a man, he
humbled himself and became obedient to death---even death on the cross!”
(Philippians 2:8, NIV)
“This is a day you are to commemorate; for the
generations to come you shall celebrate it as a festival to the LORD -a
For PASSOVER is a time, all the Israelites or Jewish people commemorate
for generations to come.
Followers of Christ celebrate PASSOVER too and remember PASSOVER in
light of what happened on the CROSS on a GOOD FRIDAY!
When Jesus was twelve years old, he accompanied his parents to
Jerusalem for the annual Passover Festival,
which they attended each year. (Luke 2:41-42, TLB)
a Jewish holy day, was near, and many country people arrived in
Jerusalem several days early so that they could go through the
cleansing ceremony before the Passover began."
(John 11:55, TLB)
“It is the Lord’s PASSOVER!”
For PASSOVER is indeed initiated and put into effect by the Lord so it
is the Lord’s PASSOVER whether it is celebrated by Jews or Christians
which will become more evident as the rest of the points are looked at.
'And he said,“I
have looked forward to this hour with deep longing, anxious to eat
this Passover meal with you before my suffering begins." (Luke
"On that same night, I will pass through Egypt."
The Lord did pass through Egypt on that night of PASSOVER.
"But all who reject me and my message will be judged at the Day of judgement by
the truths I have spoken." (John 12:48, TLB)
"I will strike down every firstborn---- both men
Thousands of years ago, the Lord did strike down every firstborn ----
both men and animals because of the sin that was prevalent.
In the same way, it is very interesting that the LORD struck down His
only begotten Son, Jesus Christ who was the firstborn of creation for
our sake because of the sin prevalent in our lives when Jesus decided to
become the ULTIMATE SACRIFICE for us.
"For God never said to any angel, “You are my Son, and
today I have given you the honor that goes with that name.” But God
said it about Jesus. Another time he said, “I am his Father and he
is my Son.” And still another time—when his firstborn Son came to
earth—God said, “Let all the angels of God worship him.” (Hebrews
“Christ is the visible image of the invisible
God. He existed before anything was created and is supreme over all
creation, for through him God created everything in the heavenly realms
and on earth. He made the things we can see and the things we can’t
see—such as thrones, kingdoms, rulers, and authorities in the unseen
world. Everything was created through him and for him. He existed before
anything else, and he holds all creation together. Christ is also the
head of the church, which is his body. He is the beginning, supreme over
all who rise from the dead.
So he is first in everything. For
God in all his fullness was pleased to live in Christ, and through him
God reconciled everything to himself. He made peace with everything in
heaven and on earth by means of Christ’s blood on the cross.”
(Colossians 1:15-20, NLT)
"I will bring judgment on all the gods of Egypt."
The Lord did bring judgment on all the gods of Egypt showing His power
and letting everyone in Egypt, who followed false gods, to know that
there is only One God and He is Jehovah, the I AM.
Don’t let them live among you! For I know that they will infect you
with their sin of worshiping false gods,
and that would be an utter disaster to you.” (Exodus 23:33, TLB)
For the Lord says: I have put a stop to Moab’s worshiping false gods and
burning incense to idols. (Jeremiah 48:35, TLB)
In the same way, the Lord will bring judgment upon us when we follow
false gods instead of Him and Him alone. False gods do not have to be
idols we worship but anything that we give more allegiance to than God
(Those who worship false gods have
turned their backs on all the mercies waiting for them from the
Lord!) (Jonah 2:8, TLB)
God tolerated man’s past ignorance about these things, but now he
commands everyone to put away idols and
worship only him.(Acts 17:30, TLB)
And then, instead of worshiping the glorious, ever-living God, they
took wood and stone and made idols for
themselves, carving them to look like mere birds and animals and
snakes and puny men. (Romans 1:23, TLB)
But the men left alive after these plagues still
refused to worship God! They
would not renounce their demon-worship, nor their idols made
of gold and silver, brass, stone, and wood—which neither see nor
hear nor walk! (Revelations 9:20, TLB)
"I am the LORD."
God is reminding the Israelites that He is the Lord and there is no
In the same way, we are reminded that Jesus is the only Way, the Truth,
and the Life and there is no other way to get to the Father. If we want
to reach Father God, it has to be done through Jesus Christ and starts
with the blood shed on the cross.
"Jesus told him,
“I am the Way, the Truth,
and the Life. No one can come to the Father except through me.
If you had really known me, you would know who my Father is. From
now on, you do know him and have seen him!” (John 14:6-7, NLT)
"The blood will be a sign for you on the houses
where you are."
When judgment came on the first-born of every man and animal, the
Israelites whose house’s doorframes had blood on the sides and top had a
In the same way, today we all have the sign of the cross when judgment
comes over if we apply Christ’s cleansing blood shed on the cross in our
And now may the God of peace, who brought again from the dead our
Lord Jesus, equip you with all you need for doing his will. May he
who became the great Shepherd of the sheep by an everlasting
agreement between God and you, signed with his Blood,
produce in you through the power of Christ all that is pleasing to
him. To him be glory forever and ever. Amen. (Hebrews 13:20-21, TLB)
But if we are living in the light of God’s presence, just as Christ
does, then we have wonderful fellowship and joy with each other, and
the Blood of
Jesus his Son cleanses us from every sin. (1 John 1:7, TLB)
"When I see the blood, I will PASS OVER you. No
destructive plague will touch you when I strike Egypt."
When the Lord saw the blood on the side and top of the doorframes, His
judgment did pass over them.
In the same way, when the Lord sees the blood of Jesus Christ, His only
begotten Son covering over our lives, His judgment will PASS OVER us.
But, we need to apply the cleansing blood of Jesus Christ in our own
lives so we have the antidote against the virus known as sin that
becomes a destructive plague.
And it was because he believed God would save his people that he
commanded them to kill a lamb as God had told them to and sprinkle
the blood on
the doorposts of their homes so that God’s terrible Angel of Death
could not touch the oldest child in those homes as he did among the
Egyptians. (Hebrews 11:28, TLB)
So Jesus said it again, “With
all the earnestness I possess I tell you this: Unless you eat the
flesh of the Messiah* and drink his blood, you cannot have eternal
life within you.But
anyone who does eat my flesh and drink my blood has eternal life,
and I will raise him at the Last Day. (John 6:53-54, TLB)
"And he said to them, “This is my Blood
poured out for many, sealing the new agreement between God and man."
(Mark 14:24, TLB)
"So overflowing is his kindness toward us that he took away all our
sins through the Blood of
his Son, by whom we are saved." (Ephesians 1:7, TLB)
But now you belong to Christ Jesus, and though you once were far
away from God, now you have been brought very near to him because of
what Jesus Christ has done for you with his Blood ++.
(Ephesians 2:13, TLB)
"And since by his blood he
did all this for us as sinners, how much more will he do for us now
that he has declared us not guilty? Now he will save us from all of
God’s wrath to come." (Romans 5:9, TLB)
I saw important implications for my own life. If I want the
Lord’s judgment to PASSOVER me, I cannot do it on my own. Whatever I do
will not let God’s judgment PASSOVER me without His help. This means just
because I think I am a good person will not do. I maybe seen as a good person in
the world’s standards but God’s standards are so high. God in His
perfect holiness cannot allow sin to enter into His presence. Therefore,
even if I did 99.9% of good things but did 0.1% of bad things, that does
not make me a good person in God’s eyes. It is like water being polluted
with a drop of cyanide. It is not pure anymore even if people think it
can be pure.
"For everyone has sinned; we all fall short of
God’s glorious standard." (Romans 3:23, NLT)
But, the Good News is that the price for my Salvation has already been
paid. I don’t have to work my way to reach God. In all the religions of
the world except Christianity, everyone is trying to reach God through
their good works but in Christianity, I see that it is God that reached
out to humanity through His Son Jesus Christ. That made such an impact
on me and still does.
The Word of the Lord says,
“While we were yet
sinners, Christ died for us!”
So, now I need to accept the free gift of grace given to me by the
sacrificial death of Jesus Christ on the cross. But the CROSS was not
the end of the story. It is just the beginning of the Gospel. The Lord
Jesus came back to life on the 3rd day to save humanity by
reaching out to them.
"David was looking into the future and speaking
of the Messiah’s resurrection. He was saying that God would not leave
him among the dead or allow his body to rot in the grave." (Acts 2:31,
"Let me now remind you, dear brothers and sisters, of the Good News I
preached to you before. You welcomed it then, and you still stand firm
in it. It is this Good News that saves you if you continue to believe
the message I told you—unless, of course, you believed something that
was never true in the first place. I passed on to you what was most
important and what had also been passed on to me. Christ died for our
sins, just as the Scriptures said. He was buried, and he was raised from
the dead on the third day, just as the Scriptures said. He was seen by
Peter and then by the Twelve. After that, he was seen by more than 500
of his followers at one time, most of whom are still alive, though some
have died. Then he was seen by James and later by all the apostles." (1
Corinthians 15:1-7, NLT)
Let us not forget that we are the reason Jesus died on the cross. The
bloody cross is from the Lamb of God who sacrificed His life for
humanity. It is undefiled blood and the purest antidote for our virus
sin so we are not affected by this destructive plague. When we take His
cleansing blood and cover ourselves with it, we are covered by the
cross. The cross covers over our entire body with the blood on it so the
destructive plague of sin cannot touch us as the power of Christ's
resurrection we can experience with a new life in Christ burying our old
Now when God looks at us in His holiness, He does not see sin anymore
but the blood of Christ covering over us and cleansing us of all sin.
Now God’s judgment will PASSOVER us and we can be with Him in Eternity.
And so through the Cross, Jesus became our PASSOVER LAMB.
"For we died and were buried with Christ by
baptism. And just as Christ was raised from the dead by the
glorious power of the Father, now we also may live new lives.
Since we have been united with him in his death, we will also be raised
to life as he was. We know that our old sinful selves were crucified
with Christ so that sin might lose its power in our lives. We are no
longer slaves to sin. For when we died with Christ we were set free from
the power of sin. And since we died with Christ, we know we will also
live with him. We are sure of this because Christ was raised from the
dead, and he will never die again. Death no longer has any power over
him. When he died, he died once to break the power of sin. But now that
he lives, he lives for the glory of God. So you also should consider
yourselves to be dead to the power of sin and alive to God through
Christ Jesus." (Romans 6:4-11, NLT)
I ask you now dear friend, how do you know
judgment will PASSOVER you?
Dear friend, you can know
beyond a shadow of a doubt that judgment will PASSOVER you if you have
Jesus Christ in your life. Jesus paid the ultimate price on the cross
for you and me. It is the cross Jesus used to fulfill His mission for
you and me. It is more than just a symbol or jewelry to wear on your
neck or a pin to put on. Each time you come across a cross, I hope
you get a flashback of the screaming pain of Christ as each nail went in
to rescue you and me. May that reminder, remind you how much Jesus loves
you that He endured the cross for you and me so judgment can PASSOVER
When we make a cross using our hands, it is not just a gesture but being
reminded of the One who endured it and the One who now covers us by His
blood because He loves us.
But that is only one aspect of why Jesus chose obedience to death-even
death on the cross.
The other reason that came to my mind is a pathway. When we cross the
road, we are actually crossing a pathway to reach our destination.
Without a road or bridge or water we won’t be able to get to the other
side because they serve as a pathway.
In the same way, I see the Cross as the only pathway to reach God. When
we look to the Cross of Christ, we are looking to the pathway that
serves as a bridge to reach our Heavenly Father. All other means and
pathways will not let us get across except the cross of Christ so
judgment can PASSOVER us.
May you know how much you are loved by Jesus no matter what you have
done or no matter where you have been! He loves you so much that He paid
the price for you.
Now won’t you accept what He did for you
and come into His presence and give your life to Him so He can cover the
virus of sin with His cleansing blood so judgment can PASSOVER us?
He will give us a transfusion of change.
"Paid All Sins, Savior's Our Valiant
Everlasting Redeemer!"(P.A.S.S.O.V.E.R)/”How do you know judgment will
Dear Jesus, I love you. Thank
you for loving me so much and thank you for choosing the cross to die
for me. You became the Son of Man and lived here on earth. Then you
humbled yourself and became obedient to death-even death on the cross.
Thank you for dying on the cross for my sin. You died on the cross so
that I can be covered in your blood and cleansed by your blood as I
acknowledge that I need you and cannot enter Heaven without you being my
pathway. You became my PASSOVER LAMB! So, Jesus I confess all my sins to
you and all the ways I have tried to get into Heaven when you already
provided the means and the Way. I repent of my sin. Thank you for all
that you have done for me especially forgiving me of my sin so judgment
can PASSOVER. The cross is the place, a wonderful place where accused
and condemned find mercy and grace. Thank you Jesus, it is at the cross
where the wrongs we have done and the wrongs done to us were nailed at
the cross. Thank you Jesus, at the cross you died for our sins and at
the cross you gave your life for us. I thank you for that and thank you
for coming back to life to save us. Thank you Jesus for being there for
me! Thank you for loving me. I love you Jesus! Please take me as I am
and make my life into something that you will be proud of. I surrender
my life to you and need your help to live for you. I am forever grateful
for the cross and what you have done for me and I can never repay you. I
want to live for you and need your help. Thank you that your blood is
for me. Help me Jesus please to live in the power of your Holy Spirit. I
thank you Jesus for saving us! Thank you for hearing my prayer and
answering me. Whatever your will give me the willingness and strength to
bear it. Come into my heart and please make my heart your home. Live in
me Jesus and I will live for you and serve you all the days of my life
as you help me knowing you are my Lord and Personal Savior. You are my
God! Thank you Jesus! I acknowledge you as my Lord and Personal Savior!
In Your Name I Pray precious Jesus! Amen!
You are my all in all. You are my Prince of Peace,
Rock, Savior, and Friend. You are my Holy Father guiding me through to live a
life of righteousness, holy righteousness. Oh God, I need you more than ever. I
need to feel your hands around me holding me tight. I need your love to surround
me so that you can glow in my life. Help me please Jesus. I desire in your
presence. Thank you for guiding me to live a life of righteousness. Oh God you
love me more than ever. You hear my voice when I cry out to you. When I seek
your face, you fill me up. You are my all in all. Thank you Jesus so much for
your help no matter what I face, your grace is available and you take my case.
Thank you for hearing us and answering us. In Your Name I Pray Jesus! AMEN!
(Most of the prayer is from a vineyard song called “All in All”