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Alright, so David is asking, I know Jesus is called the Lamb of God and his blood is here as a lamb. But my question is how did the tradition of having lamb at Easter start and why? When did it start? Where did it start?
Yes, great question. The whole idea actually have a Lamb of God and the slaughtering of the lamb actually goes back even before Passover. If you read Genesis 321, it says unto Adam, also unto his wife did the Lord God make coats of skin and clothe them. And this actually is our first indication that an animal was ever killed. And coats of skins we could have inferred here that it was a lamb. And God is showing them how the slaughtering of Lamb goes offered the first sacrifice. And then we see when you fast forward to then Cain and Abel in the next chapter, they are supposed to offer lambs. And Cain says, I want to offer my fruit, I don’t want a lamb provided for me. And that’s where God receives his cane sacrifice. And then what’s the significance of that lamb? Revelation 13 eight. I’m talking about that first Lamb that was slain. It says, all who dwell in the earth will worship him whose names have not been written in the book of life. In the book of life of the Lamb slain from the foundation of the world. It’s not saying that Christ literally was that initial Lamb slain, but it is saying that from the moment that very first Lamb was slain, at the very beginning, I believe that land that was slain for Adam and Eve, that has been a symbol sign of Christ death on the cross that was to come.
And this concept of the slaughtering the lamb or clean animals carries on. We see that with Abel. We see it through Noah. Abraham. Jacob job. You go down, it goes on and on and on until then we come to the time of the first Passover. And you can read this in Exodus two, sorry, Exodus twelve, the whole chapter of Exodus twelve, god is laying out the details of Passover and my friend Dave asked where did it happen? When did it start? Where did it happen? Verse one of chapter twelve, it says, now the Lord said to Moses and Erin in the land of Egypt, even right here we’re saying it. This is in the land of Egypt. It says, the first month shall be the beginning of months for you and it shall be the first month of the year for you. And we have to bear in mind their months are not our months. That first month, it starts on a new moon and it starts on new moon. That’s in the springtime. And actually for us it moves around. It could be in March and it could be in April, depending on where it lands.
But it’s really cool that it sort of starts in springtime. When every life is at its best, where there’s been rains coming, grass is green. And that starts at the beginning of the new year and then everything starts fading after that. It’s like starting off in the Garden of Eden. Everything is great, everything is green. Then sin comes and now the earth is dying after that in excess twelve. It goes on to talk about the preparation of this lamb, a lamb that has to be slain at the door of each of the Israelites homes. And then the blood will spill into this little threshold where you step in, the blood will get there and then you put the blood all around the frame. So you got four corners of blood protecting you. God that will kill the first one child would pass over, the plague would pass over and God’s people would be protected and they’ll be inside eating a lamb that’s eat the whole lamb. Just like Christ talks about how his body, we have to eat his body. But now after Christ has died, we don’t have to keep slaughtering that lamb. The lamb just needs to be slaughtered one time.
Now our ceremony that we do as Christians is eating the bread. We don’t have to keep killing that lamb. Now we eat the bread and Christ says I am the bread. This bread is like my body broken for you. And all of it. Just like God wanted the Israelites to eat all of that lamb symbolizing, to get taking in all of Christ, all of his doctrine, all of his personality, all of his character and being transformed just like him. And really not just partially taking the sacrifice of Christ, but letting all of his blood odys and purchase of our sin. So hope that’s helpful. I’m looking forward to this Passover, which we now call Easter. But really, actually Passover is a whole week or Passover is over the first day of a one week of eating unleavened bread and you have the feast of unleavened bread that first day Passover and you kill the lamb and then seven days later there’s another fee that goes along with it. So interesting. I love all the symbols with these festivals and I hope at least go and study them. There’s so much to learn from them.
Anything dad, I think that’s really true. I think that’s really important that you brought up the Passover because I think that’s definitely the start of this. And I think it’s so awesome how everything in the Old Testament was fulfilled in Christ that you see in a sanctuary that you see in the law of Moses and all of that sort of thing. It was all fulfilled in Jesus Christ. And so Jesus fulfills this passover. Lamb. And it’s beautiful that it’s actually during Passover that Jesus was crucified and died on the cross. And so this was a very special Sabbath or Friday night where Jesus was crucified. And we know that it was the preparation day and it was the Sabbath that they want to make sure Jesus was dead before the 6th of that special Sabbath of the Passover. And then on the first day, Jesus was resurrected. Symbolizing this old way is done away with. We no longer have to sacrifice a literal Lamb as a symbol of the true Lamb of God, which is Jesus Christ. Like you pointed out in Revelation, from the foundation of the world. Since the world began and since Adam made their first sin, we have Jesus as our sacrifice.
People who died before Jesus came to the earth, they still could have salvation because of the promise of Jesus Christ and everybody after the time of Jesus, we can look back at that promise because Jesus is the same yesterday, today and forever. He is our Lamb, our sacrifice for us. And so when we look at Easter, honestly, we shouldn’t be thinking about bunnies, we shouldn’t be thinking about chicks, because those are more of the pagan tradition. But we should be looking at a Lamb, which, again, is to point to Jesus, the true Lamb, who took away our sins. And so I think that’s such a beautiful story of the Passover and how the blood of Christ is what protects us. It’s the blood of Christ that saves us, and it’s the blood of Christ that changes us from the inside out in order to become more like Him and see his life. So, yeah, I hope that you’re blessed, my friend, and I hope that you study more about who the true Lamb is and just want to leave with one quick verse, if I could, because this is like one of my favorite verses in the whole Bible, which is John, chapter one.
In verse 29 and 36, it says the same thing, but basically this is John the Baptist when he sees Jesus right before Jesus is baptized. And he says, looking upon Jesus as he walked, he says, Behold the Lamb of God, which takes away the sin of the world. And I think that that’s really the message that we want to present here with Bible ask as well as anybody who loves God and loves Jesus, we need to be sure that we are beholding Jesus as our Lamb, as our sacrifice, because it’s only through Jesus that we have salvation. So I hope that encourages you, and I hope that you’re blessed, my friend.
Funny, I always visualize it as behold the lamagon, but yeah, I’m glad you said that first. I was hoping to have that ready. Oh, and just by the way, I asked when this happened. We don’t have the exact dates of when the Exodus happens. People think it’s anywhere from like 1440 BC. To 1260 BC. Somewhere in between there. So that’s a long time, though. It’s been going on almost 3000 plus years.
Yeah, it has. I guess when I say the whole of the Lamb of God. We need to keep him in our eyesight. Because when we take our eyes off Jesus, that’s when we have problems. Keep our eyes on Christ by beholding, we become changed. I like that quote where it’s just so important that we keep our eyes on Jesus. I think of Peter when he was in the boat and he was able to walk on water. But it was when he looked away from Jesus, he started looking at the storm and he started to sink. And it was only as he looked back Jesus Christ that he would say that. So I guess that’s why I love that verse so much. Behold the Lamb of God, keep your eyes on him. I think John really got it. John the Baptist. He was such an amazing prophet. It and he said, I must decrease, and he must increase again. Everything we do, we need to point up to Jesus, make it all about him, because really, he’s everything anyway. Amen.
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