This year, Good Friday and Passover fall exactly on the same date. Just as the Israelites celebrate their liberation from Egypt, we, Christians bring to remembrance the work of our Lord Jesus, which set us free from sin and its consequences. This Pesach, let us once again examine the promises of the coming of Messiah as foreshadowed in the Torah, as fulfilled by Christ in the New Testament.
For this is the covenant that I will make with the house of Israel after those days, declares the LORD: I will put my law within them, and I will write it on their hearts. And I will be their God, and they shall be my people.
1. Jesus, the Seed of the Woman.
And I will put enmity between thee and the woman, and between thy seed and her seed; it shall bruise thy head, and thou shalt bruise his heel.Calvary, or Golgotha is just outside the gates of Jerusalem, where Jesus was crucified. Golgotha is known as the Place of Skull, in Hebrew. The Hill of Calvary has an uncanny resemblance of a skull. Christ was bruised, His feet and His hands nailed to the cross.
As Jesus was crucified on the Cross of Calvary, Satan’s head– his authority, power, and dominion was destroyed. As sin entered into men’s life, God’s saving grace through Jesus was already made known. Jesus was, the seed made of a woman, made under the law who came to destroy the devil’s work (Galatians 4:4). Not only did Christ broke the authority of the devil, but He has redeemed us and in doing so, he has given us the authority over our enemies (Luke 10:19).
2. Abraham sacrificing Isaac, the Son born of Promise.The event of the begetting of Isaac, and Abraham’s willingness to sacrifice his only beloved son is the mark of true faithfulness in God’s eye. As Abraham draw his knife, an angel of the LORD forbid him (Genesis 22:10-12). Abraham looked up and behold behind him, a ram caught in a thicket by his horns. [likewise, Jesus put on the crown of thorns and thistle.] Abraham offered the ram as a burnt offering in the stead of his son (Genesis 22:13). For we know, it was God the Father, that ultimately offered up the Lamb of God that takes away the sins of the world.
For God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have everlasting life.Messiah must die, and be raised again, to fulfill the promise of God. For the consequences of sin is death, and Christ had made atonement for all our sins. As the patriarch said, Jehovahjireh– the LORD will provide. As Abraham believed that God was able to raise his son to life (Hebrews 11:19), let us also believe, the same Spirit that raised Christ, will also give life to our mortal bodies (Romans 8:11).
3. The Passover & The Exodus.As the last and the final plague was about to befall Pharaoh and Egypt, God through Moses instituted the Passover, and it is to be commemorated so as a lasting ordinance (Exodus 12:14). The Israelite were told to slaughter a lamb without blemish, take its blood and strike it on the lintel and the two side posts of their houses (Exodus 12:7), they were told to roast the lamb and eat it hastily thereof. And hence, the Lord will pass over the house and would not allow the destroyer to enter the house to strike them (Exodus 12:23).
The blood shall be a sign for you, on the houses where you are. And when I see the blood, I will pass over you, and no plague will befall you to destroy you, when I strike the land of Egypt.Jesus shed His blood on the cross, for the remission of our sins (Hebrews 9:22). Jesus was the lamb that was slain for us. As He died on the cross, not one of us bones were broken (Exodus 12:46, Psalm 34:20, John 19:36). Healing is a part of salvation, as the Israelite obeyed and ate the Passover lamb, they received health (Exodus 15:26). As Christians partake in the communion, we eat the body which is broken for our healing (1st Corinthians 11:24, Isaiah 53:5), we drink the blood which is for our salvation. Christ died, so that we may live. (John 6:54)
4. Jesus is the Scapegoat, Guarantor of a Better Covenant.In the Levitical law, an yearly atonement for the sins of the nation of Israel were to be made on the Day of Atonement [Yom Kipur] (Leviticus 16:29-30). Once the priest had purified the Holy Place, the Tent of Meeting, and the Alter, the priest from the line of Aaron would put both his hands on a goat’s head and confess over him all the sins of Israel, their iniquities and their transgression shall be transferred to the goat, the goat is then released into the wilderness, and bears upon him all the iniquities in a desolate land. (Leviticus 16:21-22) Christ is the scapegoat that bears all our iniquities, (Isaiah 53:6, Hebrews 9:28) He is made a Priest in the Order of Melchizedek (Hebrews 7:17).
The LORD has sworn and will not change his mind, “You are a priest forever after the order of Melchizedek.”Through Jesus, we obtain the perfect priesthood. Perfection cannot be obtain in the Levitical Priesthood, the Old Law could not make anything perfect, but is merely a foreshadow of a better hope, where we draw closer to God through Christ (Hebrews 7:11,19). Jesus is the guarantor of a better covenant, he holds his priesthood forever, he always live to make intercession for those who draw to God, He is Holy, Innocent, and exalted. Jesus has no needs to offer sacrifices daily, for He did it once and for all on the cross, when He offered himself (Hebrews 7:26-28).
For the Law appoints as high priests men who are weak; but the oath, which came after the Law, appointed the Son, who has been made perfect forever