The Passover is a great celebration of our victory over the gods of Egypt, and our mark to identify the Messiah. As a shadow of the person and purpose of the Messiah it has given us a clear view of God, and his closeness to us. While we once believed God was off in the distance over seeing our lives, according to the Passover and the role of the Messiah God is close to each of us.
God provides us with the law, which is the character of God, a law although we are aware of its principles we in our weaken state could not have fulfilled the requirements. But as a cover, God provided for us the shadows of the law, goats, lambs, and bulls; shadowy objects of our savior. They were given for our benefits, and as a way out of judgment.
These bulls and lambs provided; however, was not enough to satisfy the requirements of the law. As weaken humans. we were always coming up short of the expectations of the law, whose mandate was that we constantly bring before the priest a sacrifice for our sins. According to the law, we deserve to die, but God being the merciful God he is provided for us a substitute.
Isaiah 53:7-8 He was oppressed, and he was afflicted, yet he opened not his mouth: he is brought as a lamb to the slaughter, and as a sheep before her shearers is dumb, so he opened not his mouth. He was taken from prison and from judgment: and who shall declare his generation? for he was cut off out of the land of the living: for the transgression of my people was he stricken.
The substitute was a temporary object pointing to our savior. This object of our escape was a look into the future, life, and role of the Messiah. The requirements of the law was that we keep to the letter of the law, and if we were unable to keep to the requirements, we were to be put to death.
So how could we fulfill these requirements as fallen men, we offer the life blood of sheep, goats, and lambs, but that was not enough. Each day of our lives we have to keep coming back to the same rituals; these figures of salvation, sheep, goat, and lambs, and their blood was not enough to completely erase our guilt. What they provided was a temporary covering, and the shadowy person of the Messiah.
These sacrifices were our baby sitter and story teller. They were reminders of our hope, sitters reminding us we have through the lamb of God a savior we can depend on. Each day as we present our offerings before the Lord we have a guarantee of forgiveness; the sad thing was that they provide for us no permanent solution.
As a result of their weakness, we look for another, someone capable of providing a permanent solution. But in- order for that person to be considered the Messiah, he must take on the role of the lamb according to the rituals of the Passover; entering the shadows of death on behalf of the individual, and being perfect according to the requirements of the law defeat death restoring life everlasting.
The Messiah must not be a conqueror as in the human nature, a man conquering with sword and shield, but one who is like a sheep offering his life on behalf of the nation. What we have was Jesus, a man who came not as a man conquering with the sword, or a man who came on his own according and for his own purpose, but a man who came that He might fulfill the law of God according to its requirements.
Isaiah 53:4-6 Surely he hath borne our griefs, and carried our sorrows: yet we did esteem him stricken, smitten of God, and afflicted. But he was wounded for our transgressions, he was bruised for our iniquities: the chastisement of our peace was upon him; and with his stripes we are healed. All we like sheep have gone astray; we have turned everyone to his own way; and the LORD hath laid on him the iniquity of us all.
In John we are told that God came down from heaven that he might become man, that as God he might deliver us from the power of death. In his human nature he became the substitute for humanity that he as God may do what no other man on earth could have done. What God did was to die in the place of sinful men, that he as God may restore life to humanity by his power to raise up his own body. In this very act God re-created Adam, and from that point on we die no more.
The death of Jesus brought freedom to humanity, suddenly the law losses its power condemning us no more. The blood of the Lamb of God brought completeness to the sacrifices, what the blood of bulls and goats to not have accomplished in that they were imperfect, Jesus the Messiah accomplished on our behalf. Fitting to the requirements of the law Christ fulfill God’s will leading us out of sin, death, and darkness into his everlasting light.
Exodus 12:5-7 Your lamb shall be without blemish, a male of the first year: ye shall take it out from the sheep, or from the goats: And ye shall keep it up until the fourteenth day of the same month: and the whole assembly of the congregation of Israel shall kill it in the evening. And they shall take of the blood, and strike it on the two side posts and on the upper door post of the houses, wherein they shall eat it.
According to the law the Messiah is to be without blemish, a perfect mail. God provided for this through Mary the virgin who gave birth to the savior. He was to be a male separated from the sheep and goats, here we see Jesus separated from the people, a perfect man as an offering. He was to be sacrificed on the fourteenth day of the first month, He was in Jerusalem within reach of the prelist and the people. The whole assembly of the congregation of Israel must kill the sacrifice in the evening.
Fitting to the law Jesus meets the requirements, He was taken out from among the people, brought to trial where he was condemned to death, and taking his cross he was crucified, died in the evening, and his body was taken off the cross and placed in the grave. His bones were not broken as it was written. Jesus is our Messiah and the only one to have accomplished the letter of the law.