Normally, I post my weekly newsletter on Friday, but I’m doing it a day early this week because it’s a special day.

Our Lord and Savior Christ Jesus of Nazareth is often referred to as the Lamb of God, and for a very good reason: He was sacrificed to take away the sins of the world. In the Old Testament, Passover was initiated the evening the Israelites were told by Moses that the LORD was going to pass through Egypt and destroy the firstborn male of every animal and household where the blood of the Passover lamb was not on the lintel and doorpost. In other words, if He saw the blood, He would “pass over”, and there would be no death. The scriptures are in Exodus 12: This is an abbreviated account for the sake of time and room for this article.

5 Your lamb shall be without blemish, a male of the first year: ye shall take it out from the sheep, or from the goats:
6 And ye shall keep it up until the fourteenth day of the same month: and the whole assembly of the congregation of Israel shall kill it in the evening.
7 And they shall take of the blood, and strike it on the two side posts and on the upper door post of the houses, wherein they shall eat it.
8 And they shall eat the flesh in that night, roast with fire, and unleavened bread; and with bitter herbs they shall eat it.
9 Eat not of it raw, nor sodden at all with water, but roast with fire; his head with his legs, and with the purtenance thereof.
10 And ye shall let nothing of it remain until the morning; and that which remaineth of it until the morning ye shall burn with fire.
11 And thus shall ye eat it; with your loins girded, your shoes on your feet, and your staff in your hand; and ye shall eat it in haste: it is the LORD’S passover.
12 For I will pass through the land of Egypt this night, and will smite all the firstborn in the land of Egypt, both man and beast; and against all the gods of Egypt I will execute judgment: I am the LORD. 
13 And the blood shall be to you for a token upon the houses where ye are: and when I see the blood, I will pass over you, and the plague shall not be upon you to destroy you, when I smite the land of Egypt.
14 And this day shall be unto you for a memorial; and ye shall keep it a feast to the LORD throughout your generations; ye shall keep it a feast by an ordinance for ever.

Many Christians tell me, “Well, the Old Testament doesn’t apply today, we are under grace.” Let me help you here; the Holy Days are a memorial, a picture of the plan of God for man, and if not for the Passover, you would still be killing a lamb today to sacrifice yearly for your sins. You would have no Savior, and you would still be in your sins. And if you have no Savior, then when you die, then you will pay for your own sins. Get the picture?

Tonight is the Passover in our part of the world. It isn’t about killing a lamb to sacrifice for your sins. It’s about remembering that Christ Jesus of Nazareth took YOUR place on the cross in payment for YOUR sins, so YOU wouldn’t have to pay. How many of you would be willing to go and die a horrible death on the cross to pay for your sins, or for those of your mate, or your children, or a neighbor’s sins? Or for a total stranger, or even for your mother-in-law? How about for someone who has treated you badly, would you go to the cross to pay for THEIR sins, so they wouldn’t have to go to the Lake of Fire when they die? No? too much trouble, you say? Well is it too much to ask you to remember the Passover each year and gather with your friends or family to praise God for providing the Lamb of God for your sins?

Tonight is a memorial for you to remember what Christ Jesus did for you on the cross. He SURELY could have thought of something He would have rather done on that afternoon, other than dying on that cross, not only for those who loved Him, but for those who spit upon Him and pulled out pieces of His beard, or drove the nails into His hands and feet, or thrust the spear into His side. He didn’t do it to pay for HIS sins, He didn’t have any; He did it for the rest of us, the lovely, and the unlovely. And for ANYONE who will ask Him for mercy, He will apply His sacrifice to their sin debt, wiping it out forever. What does that mean? That means it is if they never sinned, and when their life is over here on earth, they will pass from death unto everlasting life with the LORD. That is something I will ever celebrate every Passover, for sure!

Some say, “That’s just for the Jews.” Well, you’d better hope not, because if that were true, if you aren’t a Jew, you have then NO hope of salvation. But the GOOD NEWS OF THE GOSPEL, is that Christ Jesus died to save anyone who believes. It is written in John 3:16-17;
16 For God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have everlasting life.
17 For God sent not his Son into the world to condemn the world; but that the world through him might be saved.

So I invite you to keep the Passover tonight in remembrance of the Lamb of God who was sacrificed as payment for your sins. Celebrate it with exceeding joy, for He is your Salvation! The Lamb of God which takes away the sins of the world. Thank You, Christ Jesus of Nazareth!