In the panel discussion following “Patterns of Evidence,” the special nationwide showing about proof of the Exodus events, the most interesting comment was made by Anne Graham Lotz, second daughter of famed evangelist Billy Graham. She noted that many Gentiles are starting to see the value of Passover.
A shocking statement that shouldn’t be! The Premier Christian kept the 4 Passovers during His 3-1/2 years of teaching and example. It was no holiday to Him. He was destined to become the main course without blemish or broken bone, the Lamb of God (John 1:29, I Cor. 5:7). And on His last Passover He was beaten to a pulp and crucified so that His blood can be smeared on the lintel and door jambs of our thoughts and actions so we can be passed over from the eternal death we earn.
As the Word of John 1, Jesus knew He was destined to be slain “from the foundation of the world” (Rev. 13:8). He could start counting down to the dreadful day when He would be marred more than any man and have His blood poured out. Yes, while it would be no piece of cake for Jesus, unleavened being the order of the day, somehow He was able to carry it out for “the joy that was set before Him” (Heb. 12:2).
Anne Graham Lotz is right that Christians should start seeing the value of the Passover. The Apostle Paul told Gentile Christians to “proclaim the Lord’s death till He comes” by keeping it (I Cor. 11:26).
Jesus as YHVH instituted it in Exodus 12 and Leviticus 23. We Christians should carefully read and study every word of those 2 pivotal chapters because it’s “the LORD’s Passover (Ex. 12:11). It’s all about Jesus and glory to Him! It’s Christish.
Jesus lived it with Moses and revived it with Hezekiah and Josiah. He lived it with His disciples. And He lives it each year in those of us who have been blessed to see the value in it.
By His stripes we are healed! (I Pet. 2:24). His scourging and crucifixion make possible complete healing of body, mind, emotions and spirit. We are saved by grace through His shed blood. We are delivered from slavery to sin and led by our Savior in a cloud by day and pillar of fire by night to the Promised Land.
Passover is also all about God the Father. Didn’t the spotlight in Gen. 22, acting out the coming sacrifice centuries in advance, fall more on Abraham as the father.
As much as Jesus sacrificed all for you and me, let’s not overlook that the Father gave up His only begotten son and, as even most human fathers can feel, would have been wishing He could take the place of His suffering Son! In a very real sense God our Father could say “I died that day for you, too!”
At this special service, we will reconfirm our total humble surrender to God. Though 365/24/7 we have instant forgiveness the moment we repent of sin and we live day in, day out under grace, there is nothing like the clean feeling on this night.
Even after 44 years of observance, this moose can testify that he is only starting to see the incredible value in this only-the-first step in God’s Plan of Salvation.
How long will the Passover have value? We can read with our own eyes Ex. 12:14.
And in His coming kingdom, Jesus has a date lined up with His bride to observe it (Luke 22:16, 30)! By then all His and the Father’s pain, suffering and mental anguish — not just during the 24-hour period in 31 AD but all the timeless years of anticipating dread — will surely have given way to eternal joy unspeakable and full of glory.
Talk about value.
FUN FACT: Even without scourging, I know I’m not much to look at with my long and heavy head and my slightly suspended big flexible upper lip. Maybe I wasn’t blessed with upper front teeth, but hey, they don’t sit by my bed at night like some of you gummers!
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