I Corinthians 5:7
Purge out therefore the old leaven,
that ye may be a new lump, as ye are unleavened.
For even Christ our passover is sacrificed for us:
Jesus is truly “the Lamb of God” that did come to take away the sin of the world, as stated by John the Baptist in John 1:29 & 36. He was slain for our sins just like the first Passover lambs in Egypt. His blood must be applied to our own hearts and lives by faith to cleanse us of our sins, similarly as did the blood of those lambs in Egypt have to be applied to the door frame and header of each home. Like those Jews in Egypt, we too must obey what God’s Word says about our own redemption from the bondage we are in spiritually and literally to sin in our own lives. If they sacrificed the lamb but did not apply the blood to the door frame, then death would still come to that home. We, today, must not only acknowledge our sin and even agree with the sacrifice of Jesus for our sin, but we also must personally and individually receive it by faith to be cleansed by God of our own sins. Jesus not only is the Lamb that was slain, but He is also the Bread of Life that must be eaten. He was sinless just as the bread for the Passover and the Feast of Unleavened Bread was made without any leaven. He was beaten for our iniquities which is why the bread is broken apart to be eaten. But again, He must be received personally and individually by faith for our sin debt to be paid, similarly as the unleavened bread must be eaten by each person in the home for the Passover celebration. At Passover each year after the Exodus, they would literally go through the home to remove leaven from the home, which is a good picture of how the believer today is to examine ourselves with the help of the Holy Spirit to make sure we are confessing and repenting of the sin in our own lives to establish our relationship with the Lord in Salvation and maintain our fellowship with our Heavenly Father as we walk with Him in our relationships here on earth. The bitter herb of the Passover Seder meal is a reminder of the bitterness of the Jews bondage in Egypt, and for us today it is a remembrance of the bitterness that the bondage of sin brings to our lives that faith in Jesus as our Saviour delivers us from eternally. As we enter this coming week of Passover, I pray that each of us will think about the great cost that was paid for our sins when Jesus went to the cross as our sacrificial Lamb sent by God to be our Saviour. Next week, we will look at Jesus as the first fruits from the dead in His victorious resurrection in the Feast of First Fruits as stated in I Corinthians 15:20-23.