The word Easter is Anglo Saxon and has its origins in a pagan festival. In contrast, other European Countries adopt the translation from the word paschal (Greek) translated from the Hebrew word Pesah, meaning Passover. Why is this important?
The Passover reminds us and it links the two monumental events in our history; both events came with suffering, and both are synchronized in time.
- Moses frees the people from slavery to Egypt •Jesus frees humanity from slavery to evil
God directed the Israelites to sacrifice the Passover lamb in Egypt, hence avoiding death for their own households (Exodus 12:27). The Lamb becomes the focus in the Passover meal, but during the last supper (Passover) in the New Testament; the attention takes a shift toward the bread and the cup (Mt 26:26) where Jesus himself becomes the new covenant (Lk 22:20); “ take and eat this is my body … drink.. this is my blood” (Mt 26:27). The Apostle Paul states; For Christ, our Passover lamb, has been sacrificed. (1 Cor 5:7) Even John the Baptist had the foreknowledge of the events to come; proclaiming Jesus:
“Look, the Lamb of God who takes away the sin of the world! “ (Jn 1:29). In the book of Revelation, John sees Jesus as “a Lamb, looking as if it had been slain” (Revelation 5:6). Peter links the lamb without defect (Exodus 12:5) with Christ, whom he calls a “lamb without blemish or defect” (1 Peter 1:19). Jesus qualified to be the Lamb “without blemish” because His life was completely free from sin (Hebrews 4:15).
The New Testament scene is unmistakably certain about Jesus as the ultimate Sacrificial Lamb. No wonder the apostle Paul, who was deeply entrenched in Judaism, boldly demands the message of the Gospel to be locked in around Jesus as the sacrifice; “but we preach Christ crucified”….
(1 Cor 1:23)
Freedom and liberty begins with the perfect sacrifice, but the outcome is the glorious triumph over death, the last enemy. Luke writes in Acts 2: “with the help of wicked men, put him to death by nailing him (Jesus) to the cross. 24 But God raised him from the dead, freeing him from the agony of death, because it was impossible for death to keep its hold on him.”
Jesus Christ the Passover Lamb – Jesus Christ the Passover death
Pastor Ed Karlsen