Eating the Easter Lamb
Pastor Steve Ellison
Jesus was wildly popular after the miraculous feeding of the crowd which included five thousand men plus women and children. However, that popularity was short-lived because immediately Jesus began to share some hard truth. He connected the John 6 feeding miracle with the Old Testament miraculous feeding of manna in order to proclaim that He is the Bread of Life and that He came down out of heaven. This was a difficult truth for them to understand and believe. Jesus followed that up with an even more mysterious and difficult truth. John 6:53-58 states, “Truly, truly, I say to you, unless you eat the flesh of the Son of Man and drink His blood, you have no life in yourselves. 54 "He who eats My flesh and drinks My blood has eternal life, and I will raise him up on the last day. 55 "For My flesh is true food, and My blood is true drink. 56 "He who eats My flesh and drinks My blood abides in Me, and I in him. 57 "As the living Father sent Me, and I live because of the Father, so he who eats Me, he also will live because of Me. 58 "This is the bread which came down out of heaven; not as the fathers ate and died; he who eats this bread will live forever.” (NASU)
Exodus 12 lays out the requirements for eating the Passover/Easter Lamb. This Lamb must be carefully selected. It cannot be just any old lamb. It has to be an unblemished male in the prime of life. Jesus fit those qualifications. Exodus 12:2 says that the lamb is to be selected four days before the Passover. The Triumphal Entry of Christ on Palm Sunday into Jerusalem riding on the donkey fits this description. An obvious fact, which we must not overlook, is that the Lamb had to be killed. The Cross serves as an unforgettable reminder that Christ fits this basic requirement for being the Lamb of God who takes away the sins of the world.
Exodus 12:8 states that the Passover/Easter Lamb must be eaten with bitter herbs. No lost person can come to Christ without first repenting of sin that is the result of a godly sorrow. No unbeliever can move from unbelief to belief without having first eaten this bitter herb. The bitter remembrance of bondage to sin renders our experience with Christ that much sweeter. Exodus 12:10 states that this Lamb must be completely consumed. I cannot hold with teaching that an unbeliever takes Jesus in stages, first as Savior and later as Lord, etc. Salvation is a Person. The Person of Christ cannot be divided; that is a ludicrous thought. The Lamb must be completely eaten at once. The Lamb of God is Savior, Lord, King, Prophet, Priest, etc. and it is not possible to divide Him. The unbeliever who comes to saving faith in Christ, takes Christ and His Cross, Christ and His Yoke, Christ and His Crown, all at once.
Exodus 12:10 says that the Lamb must be eaten before morning, i.e. before you go to sleep. In the Bible, sleep often serves as a synonym for death. This marvelous offer of salvation by putting your faith in Christ is a wonderful offer indeed. However, it is a limited time offer. It does include an expiration date. Today is the day of salvation. Tomorrow is not the day of salvation. With every rejection or delay, your heart becomes harder and you may not be able to receive. You may die today. Christ may return today. The occurrence of any of these means the offer is no longer valid. One day every person will see Christ face-to-face as Lord, but not everyone will see Him as Savior. Now is the day of decision not then. Procrastination is a decision against Him. …..…..firstname.lastname@example.org