Jesus as the Passover Lamb
The Passover was the annual Hebrew festival on the evening of the 14th day of the month of ‘Abhibh (Abib) or Nisan, as it was called in later times. It was followed by, and closely connected with, a days’ festival of matstsoth, or unleavened bread, to which the name Passover was also applied by extension (Lev. 23:5). Both were distinctly connected with the Exodus, which, according to tradition, they commemorate; the Passover being in imitation of the last meal in Egypt, eaten in preparation for the journey, while Yahweh, passing over the houses of the Hebrews, was slaying the firstborn of Egypt (Exo. 12:12; 13:2, 12) (International Standard Bible Encyclopedia (ISBE). Orr, James, et. al. Wm. B. Eerdmans, 2012.)
Jesus is believed to be the fulfillment of the Passover lambs sacrificed yearly by the Jewish people. John in his gospel narrated that Jesus died at the same time that the passover lamb was being slaughtered in Israel (John 19:14, 32, 33, 36). Moreover, the Apostle Paul in his first letter to the church in Corinth said, “….For even Christ our Passover is sacrificed for us.” (1 Cor. 5:7, italics mine).
The message is that just as the Passover celebrated annually by Israelites commemorates their freedom from slavery in Egypt, the death of Christ – the Passover Lamb, signals our freedom from slavery to sin.
Indeed He is Worthy to be called the Lamb of God.