By: Loraine Joy, Community Columnist
Yeshua, Hebrew for Jesus, was born to be the Passover Lamb. The “Lamb of God” (John 1:29, 36) was born in Bethlehem (Matt. 2:1) or Beit Lechem which is Hebrew for the House of Bread. The “Bread of Life” (John 6: 35,48) was born in the House of Bread. The first to see the newly born King of the Jews were the shepherds, but not just any shepherds. These were the shepherds who took care of the lambs to be used in the Temple sacrifices. It was their job to only produce spotless lambs worthy of sacrifice. (1 Pet 1:19)
Passover, celebrating God’s deliverance of Israel from 400 years of slavery in Egypt, is time to remove all leaven or yeast from your home which represents sin. You prepare for renewing of your faith. We see this in the Cuaresma, the 40 days of Lent, giving up something meaningful to prepare your heart for the most holy day, the sacrifice of the Lamb of God we call Easter.
1. The Passover Lamb was to be chosen and set apart on the 10th day of Nissan. This was the day Yeshua rode into Jerusalem on the foal of a donkey and hailed King of the Jews. (John 12:12)
2. The Passover Lamb was to be inspected until the 14th day of Nissan to be sure it was without blemish. Yeshua taught openly in the Temple and Synagogue until 14th day of Nissan, and no fault could be found in Him.
3. During the Passover Seder meal, Yeshua inaugurated the Brit Chadashah, the New Covenant. “This cup is the new covenant in My blood, which is poured out for you.” (Luke 22:20) “And He said to them, ‘I have eagerly desired to eat this Passover with you before I suffer.’” (Luke 22:15)
4. The Passover Lamb was slain by the whole congregation of Israel. Yeshua was handed over to Roman soldiers to be killed on the 14th of Nissan just as the Passover Lambs were being slaughtered.
5. Sidebar: As the Passover Seder is celebrated, a three-sectioned pouch holds three pieces of matzah (unleavened bread). The middle section, called the Afikomen, is taken out, broken, wrapped in a white linen cloth and later distributed to guests and family at the table. “And He took bread, gave thanks and broke it, and gave it to them, saying, ‘This is My body given for you; do this in remembrance of Me.’” (Luke 22:19) What symbolism that Jesus took the Afikomen, that piece wrapped in linen, as He would soon be wrapped in linen and hidden away to be redeemed. That Afikomen that was His broken body given for not only His Jewish disciples and apostles but for all of us who would believe in the Resurrection of the Messiah. The “Bread of Life” gave His life as the “Lamb of God.”■
— Loraine Joy is a small business owner and Arbuckle resident. Contact Loraine at firstname.lastname@example.org.