The Bible tells that God delivered ancient Israel from their slavery by punishing Egypt with ten plagues. The tenth plague was the death of the Egyptian first-born. The Israelites were instructed to mark the doorposts of their homes with the blood of a slaughtered lamb so that the destroying angel would pass over the homes where the blood was seen on the doors (Exodus 11:4,5; 12:29). By marking the blood, all the Israelite children were spared.
The Passover is significant to us today because in the closing days of earth’s history, the destroying angel will go on his fearful and deadly mission to cleanse the earth but only the faithful who have put away the leaven of sin in their lives by the grace of God and have been covered by the blood of the antitypical Passover Lamb, Jesus Christ, will be saved (Ezekiel 9:1–6; Revelation 7:1–3).
As the Passover feast was a memorial of the deliverance from Egypt (Exodus 12:14; 13:3) and a call to Israel to be a holy nation that obeys God’s commandments (Deuteronomy 16:12), likewise, the faithful believers are called to be purified by God’s truth (John 17:17). They are to be blameless through His enabling grace (Philippians 2:13). They are to put away all sin that is symbolized by “leaven” (Matthew 5:48; Ephesians 1:4; 5:27).
Paul exhorts the believers saying, “Therefore let us keep the feast, not with old leaven, nor with the leaven of malice and wickedness, but with the unleavened bread of sincerity and truth” (1 Corinthians 5:8). All who accept the blood of Jesus Christ need to stand pure, “even as he (Christ) is pure” (1 John 3:2, 3; ch. 2:6). The perfect example of Christian living has been given to us by Jesus and our lives should be a reflection of His victorious life (1 Corinthians 1:4–8).
In His service,
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