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Reflection on John 19: Our Passover Lamb

posted Jan 29, 2015, 11:49 AM by solomon yang

In his passion narrative, Apostle John twice points out that Jesus died on the day of preparation for the Jewish Passover (31, 42). In making such observation, John wasn’t just offering a historical detail. He was conveying an important theological message.


The fact that Jesus died at the very time Passover lambs were being sacrificed wasn’t a matter of coincidence but divine providence. It was John’s gospel that introduced Jesus as “the lamb of God who takes away the sin of the world” (1:29). Now at the appointed time, God’s Son died in the manner of Passover lambs to secure our redemption.


At the time of the exodus, God threatened to kill all the firstborn sons as judgment on Egypt. But God made a gracious provision for His people. They were to kill a lamb as a substitute and put its blood on the doorframes of their house. When God saw the lamb’s blood, His judgment passed over that house and the plague of death did not touch God’s people. As a result, they were spared from death and saved from the land of slavery.


Now in a twist of divine irony, God’s firstborn Son would die as our substitute in order to secure our salvation. Because of His precious blood shed for us, God’s judgement passes over us. We’re saved from slavery to sin and spared from all of its terrible consequences because Jesus, our Passover lamb, has been sacrificed on our behalf (1 Corinthians 5:7). Look to the cross and behold the Lamb of God who takes away your sin.


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