In its historical perspective, Passover (Pesach) is a week-long Jewish celebration to remember the liberation of the Israeli nation from their Egyptian captors. For clear understanding, the Book of Exodus (the literal meaning of the word Exodus is “going out“) offers an easy-to-read narrative that relates Moses requesting Pharaoh to “let my people go” out of Egypt where they had become slaves.
The concept of Passover (with its spotless lamb) came years earlier in Genesis 22 where God instructed Abraham to take the son of promise (Isaac) and “offer him there as a burnt offering …” As Abraham and Isaac traveled to a particular mountain, Isaac observed they had fire and wood but no lamb. Abraham replied prophetically: “God will provide for himself the lamb for a burnt offering, my son.“
In the short term, Genesis tells us Abraham and Isaac spied a ram caught in a thicket. They took the ram and offered it as a burnt offering to God. But Abraham’s statement also foreshadowed the Messiah’s coming many generations later. When Christ Jesus was born, He became the once-for-all Lamb of Passover.
The sonnet below speaks of the work of Christ, God’s Son, Shepherd of mankind, described in Philippians as the One who was God but “emptied Himself, taking the form of a servant, being made in the likeness of men … and became obedient to death, even death on a cross.”
This is Resurrection Sunday: Jesus came as the perfect Lamb of God, dying to redeem His creation. Celebrate! He is Risen! He is risen indeed!
ASIDE: My posts on The Book of Job will resume next Sunday with Chapter 24.