Passover – The Blood
“Then He took the cup, and gave thanks, and gave it to them, saying, “Drink from it, all of you. For this is My blood of the new covenant, which is shed for many for the remis
sion of sins.” Matthew 26:27-28
When the plague of death was to come over all Egypt it was a sign from God that Pharaoh's rule and might over Egypt was no match for the God of Israel. This tenth of the ten plagues that represented the ten gods that Egypt worshipped was the plague of death to show Moses and the children of Israel and Pharaoh and all Egypt that there was no god but God alone. All the gods of Egypt were idols. And those who called on them in the day of trouble would never find life or deliverance or victory, only death and destruction.
So God told Moses to have the people choose a lamb without blemish or disease of any kind and bring it into their houses and on the night that the plague of death would come over the land they were to kill the lamb and take its blood and sprinkle it on the lintels and doorposts of their houses. And everywhere the blood was applied to the house death would Passover that house, and all who dwelt therein would be spared. But every house of the Egyptians where there was no blood on the doorposts and lintels would see the death of their first born child.
The blood of Jesus is the only blood that can save us from death and the only blood by which our salvation was bought once and for all time for us. He was that spotless Lamb without blemish, sickness or disease of any kind. He was and is the Son of God Who knew no sin but was made to be sin for us, by His suffering, death burial and resurrection.
And so, on that same night in which Jesus was betrayed, after supper, He took the cup and said, this cup is the new covenant in my blood which is poured out for you.
“Then He took the cup, and gave thanks, and gave it to them, saying, “Drink from it, all of you. For this is My blood of the new covenant, which is shed for many for the remission of sins.” Matthew 26:27-28
The blood of the lambs of that first Passover, and of every Passover since, has pointed to the True Lamb of God who would take away the sins of the world. The cup of wine that is traditionally drunk at this time in the Sader (Passover) meal where the promise of the coming Messiah would be read from the Book of Isaiah is a type of the Blood of Jesus and it is called the cup of salvation. But Jesus spoke to fulfill those prophecies by declaring that His blood would mark the beginning of a whole new creation called the Church, the Body of Christ, the company of believers.
Through His blood we have been given a new and living way by which we enter the Kingdom of Heaven. Through His blood we have been given a new and better covenant than Israel under the old law, because we have the true Lamb while they have only a type and shadow of things to come.
“But now He has obtained a more excellent ministry, inasmuch as He is also Mediator of a better covenant, which was established on better promises.” Hebrews. 8:6
Through the blood of Jesus we have renewed fellowship with God our Heavenly Father. Every believer is crucified with Christ, sharing in His death that we might also share in His resurrection from the dead.
When we celebrate Communion or the Lord’s Table, or the Eucharist together we do so in remembrance of what that blood provided for us that we could by no means provide for ourselves.
Passover is a reminder for us that without death there can be no remission of sin. But in Jesus we now have been redeemed back to God once and for all time through His blood.